Vanessa virginiana (American painted lady) on Antennaria dioica (pussytoes) Yesterday I planted two drought-tolerant native Ontario wildflowers in my front garden: Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed) and Antennaria dioica (pussytoes). I wanted to support native insects in my backyard habitat. Globally … Continue reading
My garden this year has shifted focus from vegetables to flowers. This morning’s offering include a new lover, the California poppy, and an old boyfriend, ‘Abraham Darby’ rose.
Bees attract attention. Even if you’re not afraid of them, when there’s a bee around, you take notice. Besides the fact that they sting, bees have been in the news because of their decline due to the mysterious colony collapse … Continue reading
After observing a black swallowtail butterfly laying eggs, I’m pleased to host its caterpillars on my dill plant.
This morning while digging the last potatoes from the garden, I disturbed this vole. At first sight, it darted from a clod of earth I’d dug into the straw. But then a few minutes later I saw it again, shuddering … Continue reading
If you grow it, they will come. A tiger moth caterpillar is feeding on my indoor succulents. Burro’s tail sedum might not be included in its preferred diet, but this bug is hungry for anything. We spotted it in our … Continue reading
We see it almost every day now. The gray treefrog that arrived recently has taken up residence in the potted garden on our deck. You can see it in the bottom righthand corner of the photo above. I’ve begun training … Continue reading
Yesterday morning I lifted one of the bonsai pots on our deck and found this gray treefrog resting underneath. This frog is an arboreal species, seldom descending to the ground. Apparently our deck garden resembles a tree. When I tried … Continue reading
Good morning, katydid nymph. Welcome to my porch kale. I look forward to your August night ambience. … Continue reading
We have a new visitor at our bird feeder: a red-breasted nuthatch. Danny first noticed the unfamiliar bird on Sunday, but I did not get to see it. Monday morning when I refilled the seeds, the newcomer landed on the … Continue reading