Tag: Blue violets

Larval food plants for great spangled fritillary and common buckeye butterflies

A great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) and a common buckeye (Junonia coenia) were seen in my garden in the fall of 2017. September 22 for the great spangled fritillary. October 19 for the common buckeye.   October 19 was also a day when clusters… Continue Reading “Larval food plants for great spangled fritillary and common buckeye butterflies”

Weed report 2016

Weed report for 2016. Lovely photo above of crocus blooming on March 11, when you would think that the garden is weed-free, at least visibly so, but just look in the upper righthand corner. Creeping Charlie. In March. At least it isn’t growing. This… Continue Reading “Weed report 2016”

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”

Common blue violets–wildflowers or weeds

Common blue violets (Viola papilionacea) are wildflowers or weeds, depending on your perspective. In the introduction to William Robinson’s The Wild Garden, Expanded Edition, Rick Darke distinguishes wildflowers from weeds by writing that wildflowers are usually perceived as pretty and innocuous. Wildflowers do no harm… Continue Reading “Common blue violets–wildflowers or weeds”

Weeds of June

Weeds of June. Things are looking sinister on the weed front. New weeds, expected and unexpected, are making an appearance. The good news is that most of the weeds described in the post Weeds of May have faded from the scene. Not creeping Charlie, of… Continue Reading “Weeds of June”

Weeds of April

Weeds of April. Although all weeds are with us all the time in some form or other, this post is intended to highlight the weeds most consuming my weeding attention during the spring month of April. I plan to rate the weeds in my… Continue Reading “Weeds of April”

April blooms

April blooms. Here it is the last week of April. What a difference a month makes. As I wrote in the post March changes, I was in despair at the end of March thinking that the freezing temps and snow would never go away. Although… Continue Reading “April blooms”