I’ve been thinking for the last few years that I would like to make my yard more butterfly-friendly. Last year I planted a butterfly bush which didn’t exactly “take off” but it seemed to establish pretty well. The polar vortex winter made me nervous about the survival of any newer plants. So I was very happy when the butterfly bush made it, and now it has beautiful, vibrant purple blooms. This morning’s visitor seems to agree! Any other butterfly fans out there? I’d love to hear what others do to attract our fluttery friends. p.s. anyone know what kind of
This recipe is for the birds!! I like to feed backyard birds and because I live in a wooded area I see many different types of feathered friends. Their beauty can be astonishing and the songbirds sing so wonderfully. For years, I was of the mind that birdfeeders were only truly necessary in winter when natural food sources become scarce. But I have come to realize that keeping feeders stocked year-round is helpful to shrinking bird populations and provides a year round opportunity to view a wider variety of species, as some only visit during migratory times of the year.
My neighbor used to have a pile of wood stacked on the edge of his lot. It was occupied by a big old woodchuck who would periodically come out just to torment my dogs. I was so happy when the woodpile disappeared, because then so did the woodchuck. Until now. After all these years, I have daily sightings of a woodchuck. He looks much too comfortable in my backyard! I’m starting to think I need to get a dog again!
Time for a great summer salad that provides plenty of protein and needs no cooking. Even better, it requires only 6 ingredients, plus spices. As a vegetarian main or a side dish, this salad delivers your veggies in a delicious package! This is another recipe from one of my favorites: The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook. It features chickpeas, arugula and carrots, plus Kalamata olives and a lemony dressing. Since this salad uses arugula, let’s detour a minute to my backyard. This year I decided to grow a few greens in some leftover empty pots. I filled each pot with soil and
Look who visited my backyard today!
May 11 is World Migratory Bird Day, and since I love to feed backyard birds, I could not let this day pass without talking about it! My hairstylist, the fabulous Jenny, was asking me about feeding hummingbirds so Jenny, this is for you! Hummingbirds are the most amazing little creatures. And when I say little, I mean TINY. The average ruby-throated hummingbird (the species seen in my backyard) weighs 3 grams. By comparison, a nickel weighs 4.5 grams. Just absorb that for a minute. A hummingbird’s wings flutter in a figure 8 pattern between 50 and 200 rotations per second,