This week in the garden: June 19 – 25, 2022

Young birds were the highlight in the garden this week. The only birds that nest in our yard are sparrows and American Robbins. However, once baby birds leave their nests, other bird families visit our yard. It's been quite hot and humid, so there's been lots of activity at the stream too. Bees visiting New … Continue reading This week in the garden: June 19 – 25, 2022

This week in the garden: June 12-18, 2022

This week I had more time to sit by the stream, so I took lots of photos of birds. The highlight was a small flock of Cedar Waxwings that hung around the yard eating berries and visiting the stream. Sick Swamp Milkweed plants (June 12, 2022) I continue to battle Milkweed Yellows Phytoplasma, a bacterial … Continue reading This week in the garden: June 12-18, 2022

Pussy willows: pollinator and bird magnets

I used to think Pussy Willows were only good for branches in Easter flower arrangements. I had no idea that the grey, furry buds would become nectar-rich, pollen-covered catkins that attract many pollinators and early migratory songbirds. That was before I planted our backyard hedgerow that includes Pussy Willow shrubs in the far corner. Now, … Continue reading Pussy willows: pollinator and bird magnets

School butterfly garden update

Recently I've noticed a burgeoning interest in butterfly gardening, spurred by the David Suzuki Foundation's Butterflyway Project. The goal is to create more than 1000 pollinator gardens across Canada. Several Ottawa-area Butterflyway 'Rangers' have contacted me for advice as they start planning. Here are my top tips, based on research and my experience with a … Continue reading School butterfly garden update

Butterfly diversity in our 2020 garden

Even though there were fewer butterflies in the garden in 2020 than in 2019, at least there was an interesting mix -- and even some new ones. As I grow a greater variety of native plants, I am attracting a greater variety of butterflies. White Admiral In June, a White Admiral hung around drinking nectar … Continue reading Butterfly diversity in our 2020 garden