It feels like years since it’s been here! While some parts of the country are dealing with drought conditions, the Midwest has experienced a very wet spring.  The wildflowers in my garden seem as desperate for the sunshine as the rest of us living creatures.

Speaking of attracting pollinators into my garden, I don’t believe this flying insect landing a sage flower is a bee but rather a type of fly called a hover fly or a flower fly. Unlike a bee, it doesn’t have a stinger.  Like a bee, it helps with pollination.  Sounds like a win/win to me!

One section of my garden is dedicated to perennial flowers, especially those that attract bee and butterflies.  One of the first plants to flower each year opens up small, bluish/purple flowers, and I’ve finally identified it as flax. While my flax exists only to be beautiful and attract pollinators to my garden, the plant is […]

My daughter, Gigi, created this college calendar for one of her best friends who graduated from high school this year.  Inside, she hand-lettered a calendar for each month her friend will be off at college and added a related watercolor.  It turned out so cool, and her friend was very touched.

I try not to let the plants in my herb garden flower, but I let perennial herbs in my main garden flower for the bees and butterflies.  The chive flowers are probably my favorite, and check out how much more gorgeous they look with my new camera! Compare the new photo below to this post from […]

Before I started my 365 photoblog in 2012, I never noticed bull thistle, a giant purple thistle wildflower that is part of the sunflower family.  Now I see them all over, and think they are pretty cool. Here’s one that hasn’t yet burst open in purple spikes.