"It's all about the light" in my photographic adventures.
More important for me, life is all about the Light of the world: Jesus Christ. (See the Gospel of John, chapter 1.) He's my Savior and Friend, my Light in the darkness, my Hope in all situations. I want to know Him better every day and tell others what He has done for us on the cross.
A pleasure is full grown when it is remembered. ~C.S. Lewis
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Category Archives: Perennials
The Monarch may be the most recognized butterfly in North America, and maybe in the world!
Three years ago we began to plant milkweed, the host plant for the adult female Monarch to lay eggs and for the caterpillar to feed on the leaves.
This year our nationally registered Monarch Waystation 17014 was the home to many eggs, caterpillars and nectaring Monarchs.
The slideshow presents a few of the Monarchs we released with a “Godspeed” as we watched them catch a high wind on their migratory journey to Mexico.
We enjoyed involving our gardening friends, a teen neighbor girl, and classrooms of third graders, helping them to learn more about Monarchs and establishing their own habitats to protect them.
Did you know only about 2% of all Monarch caterpillars survive in the “wild” to become a butterfly? The entire process takes only about one month. Predators are wasps, lizards, praying mantises, birds, and more.
Monarchs matter! To learn more, please visit http://www.monarchwatch.org
Our butterfly garden has been abuzz lately with the hot temperatures and high humidity this Spring. These Black Swallowtails spent some time nectaring on the Butterfly Weed before they flew to their next snack stop. These are common in the Midwest and the Swallowtail caterpillars are usually found on plants in the parsley family (fennel and parsley are favorite host plants). The butterflies look for nectar-providing flowers.
The bumblebees have found my purple coneflowers! I’m still waiting patiently for the Monarchs to arrive. I’ve spotted one Tiger Swallowtail so far.
The “blanket flowers” and butterfly weed and many more plants that attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and yellow finches are just waiting for visitors! I think our cool, wet Spring has affected the pollinators and butterflies so far. So I’ll keep watching!
Looking forward to digging in the garden and planting beautiful veggies and blooms — dreaming through these next few months!
Love the colors in a variety of ornamental cabbage plants that range from dark to light shades. It’s fun to browse the seed catalogs and plan …
Flowers make me happy, especially in the bleak winter days when the sun doesn’t shine for weeks on end!
Alstromerias can be found in a variety of colors in our local florists’ shops and gardening stores. These are a bright spot on a January day!