Each female monarch butterfly lays one egg on an individual milkweed plant, depositing up to 100 eggs daily. The only food source for the caterpillar is milkweed plants. For that reason, it is important to have a healthy milkweed population. Collecting and planting milkweed seed is a way to make sure we have a future healthy monarch population.
Morning glories will always have a special place in my heart as one of my favorite climbing vines. When I was a young girl, I would pass a trellis of morning glories entering my neighbor’s home. I always thought they were pretty but didn’t realize their true beauty and symbolism until later in life.
The mayapple plants scientific name is Podophyllum peltatum and is part of my running Wisconsin wildflower collection. The mayapple wildflower in Wisconsin was found on one of my walks through the Wisconsin woodland areas.
Choosing Healthy Garden Plants
When it comes to choosing healthy garden plants, you have two choices; planting seeds or buying plants. Both have their own benefits.
Look To Nature When Deciding When To Plant Yearly Vegetable Gardens
There as never been a fast and hard rule for timetables for weather. Each year planting is different and can vary from the past year. But, lucky Mother Nature gives us signs each year of when that time is. Look to nature when deciding when to plant yearly vegetable gardens.
Want to help out declining honey bee populations? I have put together a list of 3 things gardeners can do to help the declining honey bee population.
Dead Nettle Plant
Dead nettle plants are Shade-loving perennials that are wonderful in hanging baskets and flower bed edging. Some people consider it a noxious weed. But, truth be told bees and hummingbirds love it.
For the Love of Succulents
Are you a succulent lover? I am! Succulents are teeny, tiny smiles in succulent planters during the winter months for me.
Its Eagle Season
What does one do in winter to feed their photography need? Well, in Wisconsin, I enjoy hunting down eagles sitting in the trees and fishing because its eagle season.
If you’re thinking about taking your gardening seriously and getting out there every day to increase the attractiveness of your garden, then you will want to be picking the right gardening tools to help you achieve this.
Having the exact knowledge of when a seeding will pop up is important and there is a way to know when this will occur fairly easily. By creating a germination table and testing seed germination.
Northern cardinals remain paired up throughout the year, unlike most bird species. Male will feed female while she sits on the nest and the male will also feed the female. Young Cardinals have a black beak and adults have beaks in a reddish, orange or pink coloring. Read about how to attract this stunning bird to your yard.
The soil is the storehouse for all good things. Knowledge of the elements to good garden soil is the key to growing strong and healthy garden plants.
The countdown is underway and Christmas is coming, this has people turning to their attention to their favorite tree farm to pick out their prize tree. What are the 7 of the most popular Christmas trees and what makes them so popular?
Grow Safflower Seed
If you have a feeder above your flower bed or had any open soil then you more than likely have had transplants from the feeder. My first experience of seed transplants was sunflowers but did you know you can grow safflower seed too? Yep, you can. It is easy too.
European Starlings & Change In Weather
The last week of November in Wisconsin can be sunny and bright or snowy and dreary. This week I watched the European Starlings visit the feeder and witnessed both the bright and sunny weather and the dreary winter weather setting in.
The first thing in garden making is choosing a location for your garden. Without a doubt, it means simply doing the best one can with conditions. The key to planting the location is the sun.
Today I am going to walk you through cold composting which is composting kitchen scraps and yard waste this year into rich, beautiful soil for next year.
Our winter visitors the red-breasted nuthatches at back for the season. As soon as the weather starts getting cold, I will usually see my first red-breasted nuthatch.
Leafhoppers and Planthoppers
There are over 12,500 varieties of leafhoppers and planthoppers, that feed on the sap from plants, grass, and trees but most are harmless to the plant.
Beautiful Bonsai trees, for the most part, are extremely easy to keep and care for. You can keep an indoor Bonsai miniature, by trimming and pruning new growth as it appears.
Fields of Sandhill Cranes and a Stop at the Swamp
Today my daughter and I took a drive to try and find a piece of property I have been wanting to visit. This piece of property that was looking for was swampland with public hunting grounds and was where my uncles and grandfather used to hunt during the fall. It was a beautiful country drive with views of fields of sandhill cranes.
It is time! Time for transplanting succulents that I have taken indoors for the winter months.
Gall Fly Produces Goldenrod Galls
The Canadian goldenrod and a few additional goldenrod varieties are host plants to gall fly larva. The Gall fly produces goldenrod galls which become the food source of gall fly larva over the course of the winter. The insect has a fairly interesting lifecycle.
You’re a Beautiful Thing
Watercolor flowers and an inspirational You’re a beautiful thing quote is a wonderful way to brighten each and every day.
The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. The term pileated comes from the Latin word pileatus meaning “capped” which refers to the red crest on the top of the birds head.
Pumpkin Spice Bars
Today, my home has the wonderful aroma of pumpkin spice from this super simple recipe for pumpkin spice bars. Moist, pumpkin bars with vanilla cream cheese frosting with my morning coffee. Oh, yes…please.
Slay Slugs and Snails
At some point, you will have to contend with slugs in your vegetable garden and flower gardens. Use this simple trick to slay slugs and snails on your container plantings and if you already have an infestation try this homemade recipe on your hostas and flowers.
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Blue Jays and Peanuts
There is a soft and gentle rain coming down from the heavens this morning as I sit quietly at my kitchen table watching the deck peanut wreath full of blue jays and peanuts quickly disappear.
How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnat on Houseplants
The weather turns colder and immediately you turn your attention to bringing in some of your outdoor plants. A day or two goes by and you find a wealth of small flies hanging around your plants. Ugh! Fungus Gnats. Let me share with you how to get rid of fungus gnats on houseplants.
Fall Lawn Aerating Promotes Greener Lawns
Want to complement your flower garden next year? A lively and healthy yard is one way to do this. A green lawn starts in the fall. One of the ways you can achieve a lush, healthy, carpet of green grass for next year is to aerate your lawn this fall. Because fall lawn aerating promotes greener lawns.
Vivid Tea Kettle
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If you can find a tea kettle with a handle they look mighty sweet hanging on garden posts, decks, and fences. Plant flowers of the opposite side of the color wheel as the teapot’s color. This makes a BOLD visual statement in a flower garden.
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3 Ways to Dry Fruit for the Birds
As the year goes on and the weather turns a little cooler I find myself drying more fruits and berries for the birds. It is a fairly easy process no matter if you use the sun, oven or the microwave drying method. All 3 ways to dry fruit for the birds work well.
Venison Slow Cooker Roast
Venison roast has a way of coming out tough but this venison slow cooker roast is creamy, moist and full of flavor.
Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Fudge
This is the quickest and tastiest vegan peanut butter fudge ever. If time is a concern, no problem. Gotta covered in under ten minutes.
Saving Flower Seed
I remember as a little girl my great-grandfather and also my grandmother saving flower seed from the plants they loved to grow.
Tomato Basil Mozzarella Skewers
Have basil and cherry tomatoes coming out of your ears? I do! Try these fresh tomato basil mozzarella skewers for a quick snack or appetizer.
Use Less Soil in Your Planting Containers
Use these tips to use less soil in your planting containers. We all have those x-large outdoor pots that need to be filled with soil for holding beautiful flower arrangements, herbs and produce. Over the years I have used several items to serve this purpose. Some were excellent choices and some, poor choices.
Ten Turtles on a Log
A quick walk around a piece of property that has a few ponds with fallen logs and I ran into ten turtles on a log.
Dried Flower Potpourri
Dried flower potpourri dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians who incorporated it as part of their royal rituals. Today, the art of drying florals is making a come back and are included in potpourri, sachets and blended with fragrant and richly scented essential oils.