Last week in the garden: July 17-24

This post covers an 8-day 'week'. Between the horrid hot, humid weather and preparing for a garden tour, I didn't take many photos until the end of the week. The highlight was finding several Monarch caterpillars, and other insects, on milkweed plants while I was looking for more 'cats'. Facebook memory from last year: Monarch … Continue reading Last week in the garden: July 17-24

This week in the garden: July 10-16, 2022

The sunny, hot weather is drawing lots of birds to the stream. When I'm not watching birds, I've been mulching and watering recently planted shrubs and native plant seedlings to get them though the heat wave. Wet Red-eyed Vireo (July 14, 2022) There are at least 2 Red-eyed Vireos 'bathing' the stream. These photos prove … Continue reading This week in the garden: July 10-16, 2022

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