Category: Gardens

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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,…

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…

Dog-Friendly Shade Gardening

I’m starting a number of gardening projects this year, but landscaping the backyard is first on the docket…and by far, the biggest challenge. The backyard is a fairly small (~23’x23′) space, which I’m hoping will serve as an extra outdoor room during the warm weather months. I’ve been envisioning a small, private hideaway, rather like the secret garden in Frances Hogdson…