Tag: milkweed

Blue Ridge Mountain Views and Getaway

Happy Weekend! I hope you’re finding ways to stay cool and beat the summer heat! We escaped to the NC mountains for a Blue Ridge getaway several weeks ago. The High Country of North Carolina is a short two hour drive, making it a frequent getaway to enjoy the fresh mountain air with its change…

In the Garden: Monarchs, Milkweed, Ladybugs and Aphids

It’s always a happy day in the garden when I spy a butterfly, especially a Monarch! Sunny ‘Hello Yellow’ Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) attracts lots of butterflies.  It also supplies us with volunteer plants that germinate in the spring from drifting seeds. Milkweed is the only host plant for Monarchs as the caterpillars feed exclusively on…

Potting Shed: Chalking it Up to Fall and Garden Blooms

 Fall is my favorite season and I’ve been counting down the days anticipating its arrival. I’m so glad it’s finally here! We had a teaser of fall weather a week ago, but in typical North Carolina-fashion, summer is back and here to stay for a while. Upper 80 degree temperatures this week and into next, means…

More in the Garden Grows Than What the Gardener Sows

By the beginning of August wild vines and volunteers are thriving, unlike the flowers planted, that were faithfully watered and tended to. I chalked up my Potting Shed door with a little garden truth and proverb: “More in a garden grows than the gardener sows”. It certainly applies to the morning glory sprouting up and growing with…

A Watering Can Welcome and Welcome November

Welcome November. . .how did you get here so quickly?  I cut some Limelight hydrangeas, maiden grass and feathery fall grasses to fill a watering can to hang in welcome on the door of the Potting Shed. Grasses are ready to sprinkle, replacing the missing watering can rose. Fall is late arriving here but the leaves are starting…

Bits of Fall Around the Potting Shed

It still feels like summer here in North Carolina, but I’m ready to welcome fall! I’m slowing adding bits of fall around the Potting Shed. A tricolor pot of mums helps make the transition to fall, blending the colors of both seasons, while summer annuals are still in bloom. My window boxes are waning after a dry…