Category: Flowers

Honey bees love crocuses

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) love crocuses, but only if the crocuses are producing nectar and pollen, as well as having a detectable scent. Unfortunately, many hybrids may not have pollen, nectar, or scent because these traits have been bred out of them. So, if… Continue Reading “Honey bees love crocuses”

Ladies’ day out in my garden

Painted ladies (Vanessa cardui), that is. Painted ladies are sometimes referred to as cosmopolitans because their range is nearly worldwide. They are not resident in New Jersey, but they often migrate to this region from the deserts of northern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.… Continue Reading “Ladies’ day out in my garden”

A new garden plan for Fortex green pole beans

Pole bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Fortex green pole beans have been my favorite green bean for many years now. I’m not inclined to try bush beans (again) or to experiment with new varieties of pole beans. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the… Continue Reading “A new garden plan for Fortex green pole beans”

Wild Senna and Sulphur caterpillars

Wild senna (Senna hebecarpa). Something has been eating my wild senna (Senna hebecarpa) plant. Above are photos of the same wild senna first taken on October 7, when its compound, even-pinnate leaves with 10-20 leaflets (this description from the NRCS Plant Fact Sheet) were… Continue Reading “Wild Senna and Sulphur caterpillars”

What are monarch butterflies doing in my garden

Monarch (Danaus plexippus). What are monarch butterflies doing in my garden. No, I don’t mean what right do they have to be in my garden. I mean, literally, what is it that they are doing. We all know monarchs are migratory. Adult monarchs from… Continue Reading “What are monarch butterflies doing in my garden”

Great spangled fritillary: new butterfly in garden

Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele). Just look at this great spangled fritillary, the first I’ve seen in my garden. Wow. NABA-North Jersey Butterfly Club website reports that females emerge later than males and are usually larger and darker. Great spangled fritillaries average 3 inches,… Continue Reading “Great spangled fritillary: new butterfly in garden”

Monarchs in the garden in September

Monarch butterflies (Danaus¬†plexippus)¬†in the garden in September. My summer is complete–with 4 official days of summer left. 2 monarch butterflies visited the garden yesterday. They were mostly interested in the verbena. What a great butterfly plant. What great butterflies. The monarchs are migrants, young… Continue Reading “Monarchs in the garden in September”

August dog days

August dog days. I wish I could say I spent major August time sitting in the shade reading novels. But I didn’t. Various projects imposed themselves upon me, taking me away from the garden and my blog. Dreadful. It has not been the best… Continue Reading “August dog days”

July jungle

July jungle. I started the month of July thinking how much the gardens had become a jungle. Particularly the old apple tree area, seen in the photos above, which was fast getting overrun with weeds. Just to be clear, the sunflowers and the bee… Continue Reading “July jungle”

American goldfinch and sunflowers in July

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). This is exciting. I was taking photos of peppers when an American goldfinch flew over to a Maximilian sunflower in the old apple tree area and started eating sunflower seeds right off a sunflower. I didn’t dare to move, so… Continue Reading “American goldfinch and sunflowers in July”