Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Updated overall garden picture. Our garden is turning from pinks and purples to yellows, golds and oranges in the overall garden scheme. We noticed some aphids on the Rose Milkweed and while spraying some soapy water on them, found this Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar as well as some lady bugs that were feasting on the Aphids.
|Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar
The Spotted Bee Balm is attracting so many pollinators. We have so many that I'm not sure how to identify them. The one below is a predatory wasp that has a fuzzy white triangle on the back of its thorax.
The mystery plants have blossomed and it appears that they are different flowers
|Brown Eyed Susan
Monday, August 2, 2021
|Spotted Bee Balm
Our early flowers are almost gone by, but we are starting to get later flowers starting to bloom. The Spotted Bee Balm that were very tiny when we got them are actually starting to blossom (see above). The Brown Eyed Susans are starting to show their buds. We also found some hitchhiker Coneflowers that were tucked in with the Beardstongue Foxglove and the Anise Hyssop while we were doing some weeding. We transplanted them and we'll see what color they actually are (my plant ID software said Orange Coneflower, but we'll wait to see what they really are).
We have a rock wall that is around our patio and we found a really cool toad there. I've never seen a black toad before - Does anyone know what kind of toad it is? It has a non-spotted white belly and very few spots on its back.
Monday, July 19, 2021
We have been struck by deer!! Evidently the deer feel that our garden is a smorgasbord for them. They especially like the Columbine, Liatris, and the Viburnam. We made a quick trip to Agway and got some Coyote Urine to put around the garden. This seems to have helped as they haven't been back for a snack since then.
We are getting many more butterflies now. We have 2 types of Fritillaries, one that has dark shading ans one that is all the same color (maybe they are the same kind?). We have some monarchs (no pictures yet) and we have some moths.
|All one Color
|Broad Leafed Helleborine
Saturday, July 10, 2021
|Latest View of the Garden
|Unknown Mushroom from Woods behind Garden
|Small Bee on Purple Cone Flower
Monday, June 28, 2021
|New Jersey Tea in Full Bloom
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Chomped Liatris Chomped Columbine We have been struck by deer!! Evidently the deer feel that our garden is a smorgasbord for them. They e...
Updated overall garden picture. Our garden is turning from pinks and purples to yellows, golds and oranges in the overall garden scheme. ...
What a day! We went to Garden in the Woods to get the shrubs that we needed for the garden from the Native Plant Trust. They were out ...