Butterfly Gardens: Host Plants vs. Nectar Plants

Dutchman’s pipevine How I managed to garden all these many years and not know the difference between host and nectar plants for butterflies is beyond me. Honestly? I’d never really thought about it, primarily because no one really brought it to my attention! It was only through my recent field trip to Hallberg Butterfly Gardens […]

Field Trip! Hallberg Butterfly Gardens

California Sister Butterfly Wouldn’t you know it, dear readers? As soon as butterflies were clearly on my radar and I’d made an appointment to visit the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sonoma County, this beauteous creature greeted me at my front door. I was, as you might imagine, ecstatic! I was even more ecstatic during the […]

Flower Carpet at the Biltmore

A few years ago I pulled up my deep California roots and headed for Asheville, North Carolina in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Proof positive I was there is the photo above of a lovely row of Bradford pears, one of my favorites taken during the two years I was there. I have kept my […]

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