Mondays, Y’all, Monday. (On a Tuesday!)

We were on vacation last week and are still in recovery mode, hence the Monday post on a Tuesday. While we were gone, our garden received close to 5 inches of rain. All the flowers and remaining veggies were happy. The zinnias decided to become a forest. Some of them are beautiful so I’m sharing them.

The Butternut Squash That Could

Last fall, the monarch caterpillars absolutely devoured our milkweed plant. Granted, it was a tall drink of nectar but we were thrilled to have lots of monarch mamas lay eggs on it.¬†Nothing excited the kids while they were playing¬†outside than seeing the graceful glide and shadow of the monarchs floating towards the monarch garden. Due…


This is an amaryllis passed along to me by our back-fence neighbor. He grows dozens of these every year in his garden. When he divided them a few weeks ago, he tossed me some over the back fence. He couldn’t remember the color or name but I didn’t care. Knowing they wouldn’t bloom this first…

Wildflower Wednesday: Hellstrip Garden

you’ve ever had a strip of bare soil between the sidewalk and the street, you’ve had a hellstrip. On most cities, these are a “no man’s land”. They belong to the city but the city won’t take care of them. Some cities don’t care if you take them over as part of your garden, some cities do. Our small city likes it both ways.

Wordless Wednesday: Waiting

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Monarch Monday!

Do you know what today is? It’s Monarch Monday! Yes! We are celebrating the fact that a second monarch laid eggs in our milkweed last week. Yay! Plus, we had 3 more visit this past Saturday. Woohoo!!!   We had so much fun checking the milkweed for eggs. When we went to spray off the…

Watering the Roses

For the past couple of years, I’ve been watering the rose bed with my handy water hose and hose gun. It’s worked well but it gets tiresome. Finally, my brain worked to prime capacity. I found a sprinkler hose that fits my needs for the rose bed.

Merryweather Didn’t Make it

We were so very, very excited when we found a monarch on our milkweed a couple of weeks ago. If you follow us on Instagram, we’ve shared the progress of the caterpillar growing. But, we have sad news to report. Merryweather the Monarch didn’t make it. This post may contain affiliate links. You can read…

Our Monarch

This time last year, we had an aquarium full of monarch caterpillars. Our 21 caterpillars eventually grew into 10 monarch butterflies that we released with our neighbors. This year, we didn’t think we were going to grow any monarchs. Imagine our surprise when we found a teeny tiny caterpillar on our milkweed! This post may…

Wordless Wednesday: Blooms and Fruit