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There are two groups of plants that are always spoken of as "THE" obligatory species to grow in a wildlife garden - Asters and Golden Rod. Very hot and sunny this afternoon in the garden and ten minutes baking in front of a single Golden Rod produced these eight species. There were more [...]

2022-09-03T15:46:55-04:00Saturday, September 3, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Insects|

Lascivious Fluttering

J, my irreplaceable and invaluable spotter of good things, directed me to these two Clouded Sulphur butterflies in the garden who were making merry, or even hay while the sun shines, on the New England Asters. Clearly they were intent on trying to make more butterflies. The rear butterfly is the male and [...]

2022-09-03T14:53:10-04:00Saturday, September 3, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

Great Black Digger Wasp – Huge!

Great Black Digger Wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus) J drew this to my attention. Normally I would pass this insect by, having tipped a hat to it as one does, as being just another mud-wasp which we often see beside the garden pond. But ... it was enormous, longer than my standard top-joint-of-the-thumb definition of [...]

2022-08-26T14:14:58-04:00Friday, August 26, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

Mine is the Morning

There is something about the garden's very early morning light at this time of year, as summer starts to fade and autumn waves enticingly from the wings, that really starts a day off well. All the more so with a mug of tea.  It doesn't get much better than this.   Verse [...]

2022-08-20T09:07:36-04:00Saturday, August 20, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Gardening, Landscape, light|

Jack and the Beanstalk ??

Most of the plants in the garden have shot up this summer, but especially this group growing in the mead where we no longer mow. The yellow ones are Rudbeckia laciniata, and the purple ones are New England Aster while the "model provided for scale" is standing right next to the asters [...]

2022-08-16T11:38:40-04:00Tuesday, August 16, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Summer Project … Finished

Back in the spring we admitted a measure of defeat in the garden over the ability of small rodents, cute chipmunks, to get past our defensive barriers and dig up and kill/eat lily bulbs in pots. Something would have to be done! A few weeks later four huge and heavy boxes were [...]

2022-08-14T13:29:57-04:00Sunday, August 14, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden|

Welcome to Our Garden

Welcome to our Garden ... On the eve of what may be the hottest and most humid weekend of the summer we thought to invite our friends to a "virtual open day". Welcome all ... Five years ago this was a suburban garden with a lawn. Plenty of shrubs and native plants [...]

2022-08-05T15:58:29-04:00Friday, August 5, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|
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