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
After observing a black swallowtail butterfly laying eggs, I’m pleased to host its caterpillars on my dill plant.
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
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
The Slow Food movement is changing the way people eat. We have heard of related concepts like slow blogging and slow living. Often the best progress is done in tiny steps. So I am experimenting with slow gardening. The … Continue reading
My weekend retreat brought a burst of creativity. It has been many months since I did so much pen-and-paper writing in the space of a few days. Since returning home, I have tried to recreate the sparking sense of connection … Continue reading
The Occupy Backyard movement has begun. Our yard is full of creatures availing themselves of food and shelter. It is encouraging to see how some small effort on our part draws such an enthusiastic response from nature. A garter snake … Continue reading