Category Archives: Butterflies

Passionflower-It's Not What You Think

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a native vine that has a spiritual meaning and is also a host plant for the gulf fritillary butterfly. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/08/27/passionflower-its-not-what-you-think/

The other evening I was walking through the butterfly garden in search of monarch caterpillars, when my foot managed to get tangled in a vine.  Looking down, I noticed the beautiful passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata) sneaking its way into the garden path. Before I go any further, be advised this particular passionflower can be invasive.  […]

A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

This time of year, the gardens are filling in nicely with a mixture of annuals and perennials.  When the summer heat begins to build, I usually devote my garden walks to the early morning or late evening (late evening being my favorite.)  During the day though, these plants provide several species of bees, wasps, flies, and […]

Sights of Summer

Another summer is winding down. My awesome peach crop was eaten but not by us.  We were able to pick quite a few but something ate the rest (probably birds and squirrels) leaving us these reminders that we are not the only ones on the farm that like peaches. Both pecan trees have pecans this […]

Plants to Consider for Your Garden

I hate to even complain about the snow and ice we’ve gotten this week.  It is nothing compared to my friend and fellow blogger, Michele at The Salem Garden, who has had to deal with 87 inches of snow fall since Jan. 23! It’s been extremely cold, too, making chores not so fun. My grandson stayed with me […]

Bellingrath Garden and Home

I love a good Atlas.  When traveling by motorcycle, I make it my mission to find alternate highways away from interstates.  Al handles interstates well.  Me, not so much.  So, for every trip, the atlas (and they now have these in large print!) is part of my luggage. As I was planning our trip home, I noticed […]

August Blooms

I noticed summer fading at 8:15 last night. I remember when my boys were little and being thankful when the days were getting shorter.  This meant I could get them in the house a few minutes earlier, wash a days worth of dirt from their bodies, and get some food in them before ten o’clock. […]

Just Some Purty Flowers

So many things are blooming now, I just couldn’t stop at a couple of pictures. The Mirabilis jalapa or 4 o’clocks are a reseeding annual.  Some years I have more yellows and white, but this year I have more pink. They also like to cross breed and those are always a pretty combination. The Asclepias […]

Summertime Stroll

Last year, I went a little crazy and out of control with all the seeds I grew and (eventually) planted. This winter, as I was surrounded by seed and plant catalogs, I gave myself a talking to and vowed not to repeat this behavior again. Then, we bought the 70’s lake house and spent almost every […]

Cow tested

The last post was all about plants, so today equal time will be given for the animals around the farm. The chickens are growing very fast. They were moved to their chicken tractor last week and seem to be enjoying the change of scenery.  The day I moved them though, caused the cow council to hold […]

Attracting Swallowtail Butterflies

Last fall, I showed you a glimpse of the monarch butterflies life cycle. I also want to show you another caterpillar I had in my flowerbeds. The spicebush swallowtail butterfly will lay its eggs on a spicebush tree (Lindera benzoin) or sassafras tree. I have 4 spicebush in various flowerbeds and this seems to be their favorite […]