Category: garden

My Native Front Yard – Golden Alexander and Prairie Alumroot

Build it (a native garden) and they will come (insects)! He he he. That was the famous quote from the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams, without the garden and insects insert. But in all seriousness, they will come. Why do we need to help… Continue Reading “My Native Front Yard – Golden Alexander and Prairie Alumroot”

My Native Front Yard – Wild Geranium

Last year I converted my front yard into a native habitat. Goodbye grass, hello native plants! Why? To save the insects. First, lawn grass does not benefit much in nature. If there is little rain, you must supplement with water from your hose. Water… Continue Reading “My Native Front Yard – Wild Geranium”

Amazing Jewelweed Watercolor

Jewelweed is one amazing plant for many reasons. First, its beauty. Jewelweed flowers look like little trumpets hanging under leaves. The one I found is pale jewelweed (Impatiens pallida), but you can also find orange jewelweed (I. capensis) which has a deeper, more vibrant… Continue Reading “Amazing Jewelweed Watercolor”

Herb Spiral Watercolor Sketch

What is an herb spiral? Well, it’s like a garden bed except instead of a raised box with plants planted in rows, it’s a circle and the plants are planted in a spiral pattern, allowing you to grow more in little space. What you… Continue Reading “Herb Spiral Watercolor Sketch”

My Fern Has Spots Sketch

No, it doesn’t have a disease. Yes, “EWWW” was my first response when I looked underneath the frond and realized I was touching the spots. 🙂 Actually, my fern is fertile. Yay! The spots under the fronds are called sori (plural). Each sorus (singular) is filled… Continue Reading “My Fern Has Spots Sketch”

Backyard Garden Sketch

Do you remember a few months ago when I failed big time on harvesting black walnuts?  My harvest resulted in much work and no payoff. Zip. Nada. And to tell you the truth years ago that would have been just enough to discourage me… Continue Reading “Backyard Garden Sketch”