Yesterday I found several Monarch Butterflies nectaring on the Joe-pye Weed that's blooming in the hedge behind the condo.
I want to introduce you to some misunderstood plants.
Most of us think of thistles as weeds - most of the ones we see along roadsides and field edges are not native and very aggressive. But there are several native thistles that are well behaved, and will even grow well in gardens. I've planted three species of native thistles in our prairie meadow. One of them is blooming right now. Read the rest of this entry »
If you haven't checked on it lately, the prairie meadow is blooming and beautiful. Here are a few photos from earlier this week. Read the rest of this entry »
A Hawk - which I think is a young Cooper's Hawk - landed on our balcony this afternoon. It sat and looked around for about 5 minutes, staring in at me at my desk, and then flew away.
Thanks to Clay Christensen for this ID.
If you go down to look at the prairie garden, don't be surprised to see that the prairie plants are gone! The plants have grown so tall and thick that, last spring, the new growth had to struggle to get through last year's stalks. So I decided that, this year, it would be a good idea to cut and remove some of that thick growth. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a post about my philosophy of landscaping. In the last few years, I've worked with a few groups of folks on choosing plants for the gardens around our building. Everyone has different tastes, and different ideas about what our landscape should look like. I've heard both praise and criticisms of decisions that were made, and questions about why certain plants were chosen, so I thought I would tell you the ideas behind my choices. Read the rest of this entry »
I walked in the gardens today, looking for butterflies, and found lots of both butterflies and dragonflies. The prairie and the wetland garden have a few blooming flowers, and even more that are just getting ready to open. Read the rest of this entry »
I did my first mothing for this year on Monday night. I didn't see many moths - it's still cool at night, and still very early in the year for many species. But I did see a few interesting ones. Read the rest of this entry »
I gave a talk on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 about my project to learn more about moths - and especially about the moths that come to our farm in Buffalo County, Wisconsin. Here are photos of some of the people at the talk, and some of the moths and caterpillars that I showed them. Read the rest of this entry »