Monthly Archives: August 2013

How to be a Butterfly Wrangler

Many years ago, I decided to get involved with the Monarch Watch Program based at the University of Kansas. This program is dedicated to Monarch research and encourages volunteers from all over the United States to become citizen scientists. Since … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly

Most people don’t think about where butterflies come from. Or where there end up for that matter. We enjoy their presence and beauty and then go about our day. The Monarch butterfly has a very interesting, albeit, short life. The migration … Continue reading

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A New Species of Catbird?

I have always tried to make my gardens wildlife friendly. By wildlife, I mean bees, butterflies and birds. When I saw this tail between the fork of a tree, I thought, at first, I had raccoon visiting. Upon further investigation, … Continue reading

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Garden Blogger's Bloom Day–August 2013

Is the day garden bloggers from all over the world showcase their gardens. We have had a very unusual summer in NW Arkansas. 13 inches of rain in eight weeks and no scorching temperatures has all the flowers and veggies happy, happy, … Continue reading

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Here's the Proof

Every spring, in the big field across the creek, my mom would plant gourds. She planted bird house gourds, snake gourds and these little two-toned gourds that I don’t know the name of. I never had room to plant gourds.  … Continue reading

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Armadillo Update: A How-To Guide

I never thought I would be writing a post like this but, here’s how I got the armadillo out of the swimming pool. The phrase that kept coming to mind was, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 ft. pole.” But that’s exactly … Continue reading

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It's so hot!

I’m going to make this short and sweet because: a)  it’s 90 degrees with a 147% humidity b) 15 or more minutes outside and I begin to melt c) there’s an armadillo in my pool d)  all of the above * … Continue reading

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What to do with All Those Cherry Tomatoes

I usually just plant 2 cherry tomato plants in my garden.  These 2 plants give me plenty of tomatoes to eat all summer long. My cherry tomato of choice is an heirloom variety called Mexican Midget. These plants can get up … Continue reading

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