Gardening, Mexico, Spanish Culture and Language

The Great Butterfly Migration

While I sat on our back steps shucking corn, I watched butterflies, bees, and moths feed on the nectar of our purple asters yesterday afternoon. On one cluster of Aster Amellus I spotted six Monarchs, 5 American Lady Butterflies, 4 Bumble Bees, 3 Honey Bees, 2 White Cabbage Moths and one Hoverfly (camouflaged to look […]

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Gardening, The Americas

Can We Bee Friends?

The Wisconsin weather is sunny and warm, perfect for gardening. Yesterday I saw and heard many bees in our wildflower patch. Green-headed coneflower is the bees’ knees. The buzz is, “Hey, move over. This is my flower!” My favorite dual pink phlox variety; bold white hosta flowers; champion reblooming purple campanula Single blooms; pink, yellow, […]

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Gardening

What’s Blooming Now?

As Wisconsin summer wanes; flowers change. Here are spots of color from our garden. Pinks; Butterfly-Created Phlox Variety; Sycamore Tussock Caterpillar Flowers, bugs, and butterflies abound. Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Phlox, two views; Campanulas  Unidentified moth on peony leaf; busy bees; bee in Rose of Sharon bloom What is flowering where you live? Gracias for […]

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food, Gardening

Gardening Staycation

Our garden is growing in leaps and bounds. Every spring in Madison we begin with bare ground and by June every surface is green. Time to step away from the computer and play in the dirt. We weeded the vegetable garden yesterday afternoon and harvested greens: spinach, chard, and amaranth. We picked purslane and dill […]

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