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Ladybug afloat on leaf in water

Is It A Ladybug Picnic?

The garden seems to be a popular place for ladybugs this year. I’m seeing many more than usual, even for spring. Online, the local gardeners seem to be saying…

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Pipevine Swallowtail underwing, on cherry blossom

Winged Wildlife Rescues

As gardeners, we learn to observe, don’t we? Our senses become attuned to the plants, the insects, the weather — life all around. And sometimes we notice life forms…

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Puffball Kitty inspects fallen pine

Our Garden Seems To Be Marie Kondoing Itself

Nature in the form of our garden is having a purge. First, a huge branch of a decades-old willow tree dropped, narrowly missing our most productive mulberry and blueberry patch. Next, a sizeable limb of an old red maple fell. And then one evening while knitting, I heard a splitting crack and felt the house shutter. Was it an earthquake? No, it was a pine tree up on the hill splitting at the base and hitting the ground with force. Our garden seems to be Marie Kondoing itself and has inspired us to have a thorough garden clean-up.

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Purple Echeveria

Six Sun-kissed Succulents

I’ve been longing to participate in the Six-On-Saturday blog-fest again (see The Propagator) but in the mega-drought we are experiencing here in the western U.S., the garden is a…

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Yellow Sunflower with honeybee

Sun & Sunflowers (and a very dry summer)

I thought I’d start with something cheery. Certain flowers, like daffodils or sunflowers, just brighten the moment — a garden anti-depressant — kissing your face with affectionate optimism and…

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2 thoughts on “Blog

  1. I discovered your blog through your comment on The Nostalgic Gardener’s blog and was pleasantly surprised with the content. We don’t have a garden ourselves, but we do have a balcony where we do a bit of gardening. The content of your blog is very diverse, creative topics are also given a place. It would be great to follow your blog.
    Sincerely,
    Rudi

    1. Oh… how sweet Rudi! Thank you. I like your Nature Photography site as well and just followed you too. Sel does a great blog at The Nostalgic Gardener! I love balcony gardens. Would love to see a photo if you feel like sharing. I’ll check your blog to see if you have already posted there.

      For any who are reading, you can find Rudi’s site here: https://picpholio.wordpress.com/portfolio/macro-detail-photography-1/
      For The Nostalgic Gardener, visit here: https://thenostalgicgardener.com/

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