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A new gardening season

Back to school time. Labor Day weekend always feels this way to me, even though I’ve been out of school for quite a few years now. I’m sad to see summer coming to an end, I also relish the opportunity to start fresh in a new year. So, among other getting organized tasks, I took some time this weekend to…

First Butterfly of the Season – Finally!!!

  I’ve been waiting all summer, hoping that butterflies would come and visit my flower plantings on the upstairs deck.  However, up until this past weekend, I really hadn’t seen any of the larger butterflies, only a couple of cabbage whites, sulphurs, and skippers. On Saturday, a couple of swallowtails finally came by for a visit!  In addition to the Spicebush pictured above,…

Kayaking the Ghost Fleet

  Earlier this summer, some friends and I went kayaking around the Potomac River Ghost fleet.  It was such an interesting paddle – snippets of history and local culture, as well as great wildlife viewing.  A bit of a drive from Loudoun, but well worth the trip. The Ghost Fleet consists of a number of long-abandoned World War I wooden steamships that had been…

Live Music – Loudoun Summertime 2014

Now that we’ve passed the Memorial Day weekend, it’s starting to really feel like summer.  To me, that means pool time, cookouts, and outdoor concerts.  Kicking off my shoes and listening to good music under an open sky – a perfect way to spend a warm summer evening! I’ve found a number of concert schedules already posted, but please let…

Butterflies, Biking and Other Blurbs

A couple of items that I thought might be of interest…   Helping out Monarch Butterflies Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has scheduled several Butterfly-friendly plant sales for this weekend thru early June.  Monarch butterfly populations are decreasing, so the Conservancy is promoting Monarch waystations, which include both milkweed plants – that provide food for monarch caterpillars, and other nectar plants that provide food…