Fertilizing 101. part 3: fertilizers for the fall

Here we are in the third day of fall in southern Ontario and it’s a steamy 31 deg celsius (88 F). ¬†I have watered more in the last week than all of the summer! ¬†Annuals are blooming madly and the butterflies are still hanging about. A swallowtail on my lantana However, it is fall and time to plant bulbs, trim back dead summer leaves and … Continue reading Fertilizing 101. part 3: fertilizers for the fall

A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

A quick look in photos at the life of a monarch butterfly: Eggs on a leaf. ¬†There’s safety in numbers!   After hatching a caterpillar’s life is spent eating…   Hanging out with friends eating…   And more eating!   After about two weeks, the journey begins…   To find a suitable spot…   To hang…   And transform into a chrysalis.   Any spot … Continue reading A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

Fertilizing 101, part 1

Most of us know that plants create their own food through photosynthesis, in the presence of light and chlorophyll, carbon dioxide and water are combined to make sugar and oxygen. ¬†Sugar is then converted to starch in order to store the energy. ¬†Plants also need various macro and micronutrients derived from the soil in order to thrive, bloom and reproduce. ¬†The three most important macronutrients … Continue reading Fertilizing 101, part 1

Dashing and Dependable Daylilies

Daylilies are the workhorses of the plant world. ¬†Dependable, tough, low maintenance, generally well behaved and the latest varieties are anything but dull! ¬†They have come a long way from the old orange daylilies that you see growing along the roadside and marking out the outlines of long gone homesteads, yet have retained that long lived tenacity from their orange ancestor. Now you can get … Continue reading Dashing and Dependable Daylilies