As much as I love flowers & have gardened since my early 20’s the Echinacea or coneflower never interested me til recently. I planted a few maybe 15 years ago & saw how butterflies were attracted to them.
Pictures of the “fake” blue orchids I received on Mother’s Day. Supposedly if they ever rebloom they will flower white because they somehow must place blue dye in the soil or water or something to get them to do this. Pretty fascinating really.
They are beautiful.
I feel sad that our later generations might not ever see these beautiful creatures except in some “Butterfly House.” Over 50 years ago butterflies were plentiful, this is no longer the case.
There are numerous reasons why this has happened. Besides the overuse of pesticides and herbicides in our culture, most of our fields are now parking lots just like the song.
Enjoy these lovely Monarchs, it’s about time for their migration in Michigan. They claim they fly through the summer but I have usually seen them in late summer in my area.
Weeding was always my favorite garden chore. My second is pruning. What’s yours? I always had tons to weed since I didn’t use herbicides of any kind. Only Organic gardening for me. Other than a few times where I did make up a Fels-Naptha soap and garlic wash or just hand-picked the insects off to dispose of them.
Some love their riding lawnmowers and I get that. I used to use my mother-in-laws years ago. She had a lot to mow so I would do it for her cause it was kind of like riding a go-cart. Depending on how many acres or your physical condition, makes sense. My mower of choice many years later was a manual lawnmower. It worked out fine for me.
At this time of year, end of June, I would have planted everything by the end of May, I would have had some harvesting of perennial herbs, lettuce, peas, radishes. I would have had strawberries if I planted them as well as Black and Red Raspberries.
I would be busy weeding, mowing, watering and daily walk through looking for signs of harvest or trouble. I always had lots to do if I wanted to. Sometimes I would mulch a lot to keep the weeds down, other times, I just pull weeds by hand or use the tool I had for the large single root like dandelions. There was always something very fulfilling about “rooting” through my garden and improving the appearance like that. Great exercise too.