Thursday, September 18, 2014

Puffy Humming Birds

Our Morning temps have been dipping into the 40's all month. The poor little humming birds are puffed up trying to stay warm and staying close to the feeders. This little girl stayed at the feeder all morning.
I have an itch...
waiting for a turn at the feeder

still waiting...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Froggy Hibiscus

A Grey Green tree frog on a freshly opened hibiscus flower, sat still long enough for me to snap about a dozen pictures. It had just finished raining- couldn't have asked for a more perfect photo opportunity!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Amour de Carotte

 This is what happens when you don't thin your carrot seedlings.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally get to see a Luna Moth

Luna Moth (Actias luna)
 I've seen them in pictures and documentaries on TV, but have never seen one in real life until now.
Almost the size of my hand (of course I forgot to put my hand next to it for comparison!) and is truly a beautiful pale green. It's is also fuzzy.
This one is hanging on my front storm door. Too bad it didn't pick something nicer looking for this picture like a flower or a shrub, but I think if I tried to move it, I would've lost my photo opportunity. 
Curious, I did a little research and found that after hatching from the cocoon, it doesn't eat, having no mouth parts and lives only a week, long enough to mate and lay eggs.  

The Luna Moth is one of the largest moths in North America
click here to learn more...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bird's Sunflower

Sometimes the prettiest flowers are not the ones you've sown.

Pink and Purple Humming Bird Basket

Here's another basket I put together every year for the Humming birds. This is for Partial shade.
I use three trailing Torenia (wishbone flower) and three pink Calibrachoa (million bells) in a 12 inch hanging basket.
The Torenia is deer resistant but the Calibrachoa isn't. This basket is hanging by the back door where the dogs go in and out, so unless the deer get really bold, they should leave it a lone. It's also in front of the window so we can see the hummingbirds visit it. 
I mix my own soil, 1 part organic peat, 1 part organic compost or mushroom compost, 1/2 part untreated vermiculite or perlite (no added fertilizers),  and about 2 tablespoons per gallon of soil of dry organic, low nitrogen fertilizer
I grow a lot of plants so I usually mix up a wheelbarrow full at a time- so I add about 2 cups of the fertilizer per wheelbarrow- it's never an exact science with me- then I mix it all together with a shovel. 

This is a very easy care basket for part shade areas. Make sure your basket has a drain hole and just water when soil starts to feel dry or the basket feels light (don't let it get bone dry though). You can also get in the habit of touching the soil every time you pass by.

Happy Gardening!
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