Black Swallowtail Butterfly Laying Her Eggs

This lovely Black Swallowtail Butterfly has been flying around my deck all day long – especially the parsley. This is a female as she has a band of iridescent blue on her hindwings while males have a band of yellow. See how the lower part of her body is curved in as she lays her … Continue reading

Hummingbird Moths

What a pleasant surprise to find this visitor in my garden. While watering my plants I noticed something flying around and at first I thought it was a hummingbird hovering over my flowers. But after watching this busy “creature” for a short time I knew it was the “hummer look-alike” moth who has fast beating wings … Continue reading

My 2018 Michigan Container Garden

Some know I moved from my 1 acre home with lots of flower/veggie/herb beds, trees and shrubs.  I am now gardening in containers on my small deck attached to my condo which is not quite the same but still enjoyable. One thing for sure there is a lot less work! My garden so far includes … Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I am sure many gardeners are already seeing these insects/bugs in their gardens.   My very favorite good “bugs” are the bumblebees, honeybees, lady bugs, and praying mantis.  I encourage them to visit my garden by never spraying, providing plenty of favorite flowers,  plants they like and maintaining a “clean garden”. Every year I have … Continue reading