The Chickadees have moved out of the bird box which should relieve the Bluebirds who have kept watch on it. The Bluebird couple have been back scoping out the now vacant house. I’ve seen them do this for a few days: Mr & Mrs will fly around the box, Mr will hang on the neighbor’s… Continue reading Bluebirds
Driving around Tupelo, MS you would think a plane dropped Buttercup seeds all over town. Yellow fields everywhere, thick with Buttercups, waved at me on this windy day. What a beautiful sight for me since Buttercup is my favorite little flower. It’s a happy colored flower with a cute leaf and stands tall on its… Continue reading Buttercups
First day of Spring has arrived, along with a freeze warning for North Mississippi and a snowstorm for a number of northern cities. But, it is Spring so let us rejoice! I was in New Orleans this past week and spotted some great container gardens. Most houses are on postage-stamp-sized lots providing just enough room… Continue reading Container Gardening
Wisteria is a sign of Spring. Long, tall vines stretch up the sides of trees of all kinds. Dormant in the winter, trees with these vines can look like a scary monster with the dusk sky lit up in the background. Vines covering the trees take over the branches and connect one tree to another… Continue reading Wisteria
February 2nd is Groundhog Day. February is the end of hibernation for Groundhogs and the beginning of mating season. Groundhog Day celebrates this rodent because rumor has it they can predict the future. Whether or not the Groundhog sees its shadow we’ll either have another 6 weeks of Winter or Spring is right around the… Continue reading Groundhogs and Your Garden
We’ve had quite a bustle in our hedgerow this weekend. After I added an extra bird feeder near the azaleas, the neighborhood birds have been feasting like crazy. Cardinals, Titmouse, Yellow Finch, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, Towhee and more have made my yard their dining room. Placing the feeder near the hedgerow of azaleas provides… Continue reading Is There a Bustle in Your Hedgerow?
As I sat with my neighbor on her porch drinking coffee this morning, small pollinators were taking advantage of all of her flowering plants. This little anole found a prime spot for catching his breakfast. As fast as his tongue could capture the little flying bees, he was filling his belly. Smart.
Once the trees shed their leaves you can see bundles of green scattered about the bare branches. This, most likely, is mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows on most trees. It never grows out of the soil. Before the harsh cold, this winter, shriveled the leaves of the mistletoe in my neighborhood, I was able… Continue reading Mistletoe in Mississippi
Last summer I grew sesame. While visiting the Magnolia Springs Public Library’s Seed Library (Magnolia Springs, AL), I checked out a packet of sesame. I researched how to grow them and took on this project. I knew that I would not harvest a great amount of sesame, since my garden would be smal,l but I… Continue reading Growing Sesame
Before you plant this season, read this. I was recently alerted by a Facebook group I belong to that Monsanto is taking over the home garden seed business. Monsanto, for those of you who only get your news and entertainment from my blog, is a bio-tech company responsible for most genetically-modified (GM) seeds sold throughout… Continue reading Monsanto In My Garden