Raising Monarchs – Part 1

Last weekend I received a message from a woman in my town, who may just be as passionate as I am when it comes to protecting our pollinators. She wanted to know if I would be interested in raising monarchs. Ummm - yeah! Count me in! This is something she has been doing for years,... Continue Reading →

Hive Check: Week 2

I went yesterday afternoon to check on my hive - my feelings were a mixture of excitement and trepidation as August kicks into full swing and the clock ticks down on ensuring my colony is strong enough to survive the winter. So as we pulled up on the lawn beside my hive I was relieved... Continue Reading →

Honeybees are a superorganism

Last night at dinner time my 5 year old said "Hey Google, set a timer for 3 gagillion-billion-million-and-28 milliseconds". Well apparently Google knows what a gagillion is and at 2:03 am the timer went off. Thanks Google - I don't need to sleep anyways. I used the time, laying awake as the house slept soundly,... Continue Reading →

First Hive Check

Yes! I had made it through the week without disturbing my little colony even though I really wanted to take a peak. So finally it was Saturday and the day had come when I would be able to pry that lid off and see what my little friends had been up to and how they... Continue Reading →

Featured Flower: The Cardinal Flower

I would like to do regular weekly posts with a spotlight on native plants that can be incorporated into traditional garden settings and are beneficial to pollinators. Today I will focus on the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), which holds a special place in my heart. Thinking of cardinal flower always takes me right back to... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of a Meadow

Yesterday was a unicorn day - a rare and magical moment in time when all 3 of my kids played together in peace ALL DAY. There was no arguing on what to play; no shouts of "Mom!" or "that's not fair"; they simply moved from one activity to the next in a fluid motion with... Continue Reading →

My Field (er, garden) of dreams

It was early February when I stumbled across a post on Facebook in my local elementary school council group about a grant being offered from our conservation authority to public schools that wanted funding for a conservation-themed school project. Hmmmm. I love the idea of getting kids involved in and learning about problems in our... Continue Reading →

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