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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

By: Meriel Bradley The Black Swallowtail Butterfly is so beautiful with an impressive wingspan of about 4 inches. It doesn't land in one spot for very long so is quite hard to capture, but it finally landed in my vegetable garden on a mulch path just long enough for...

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

By: Meriel Bradley Growing up our garden was full of butterflies and bees and I am working to build out my garden from a new home build of nothing but a grassy lawn into a haven for local butterflies, bees, and birds. The Monarch butterfly is one of the most striking...

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

By: Meriel Bradley I love seeing dragonflies in the garden, not just for their beauty, but as they patrol back and forth across the garden, I know they are helping keep the mosquito population down. They start life in the water where the female dragonflies lay their...

American Toad

American Toad

By: Meriel Bradley I found this beauty while raking the leaves this fall. The American Toad is a large, squat toad that lives in ponds during their breeding season, and then they hibernate on land in the winter and burrow beneath the frost line in the soil. The...

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar

By: Meriel Bradley I plant my organic garden to attract birds, butterflies, and bees. With this in mind, this year I planted dill as well as parsley in my flowerbeds to see if I could attract the beautiful black swallowtail butterfly as these are really easy to grow...

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

By: Meriel Bradley I was thrilled to have this Canadian Tiger Swallowtail visit my garden. It took me on quite a chase but finally settled long enough so I could capture this picture. The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly can be found around evergreen and deciduous...

A Bee Friendly Garden

A Bee Friendly Garden

Tips for a bee friendly garden:
Choose native plants, trees, and shrubs rich in pollen and nectar
Provide continuous bloom so you always have plants blooming from spring until fall
Many native bees build nests in soil, so leave some bare patches and limit your use of mulch
Provide fresh water
Make or buy a bee house
Don’t spray pesticides – garden organically

Green Bush Cricket

Green Bush Cricket

I found this Green Bush Cricket on my Delphiniums and had to get a picture – the colour combination of his green and the blue of the flowers is magnificent. I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I do.

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly is one of the most striking and recognizable species of butterfly. It was listed by the Committee for the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada as Endangered in 2016.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

I found this beauty on my car – he did turn to look at me as I took his picture which could be a little alarming for some of us – but leaving aside the initial fear of that stare, they are without a doubt quite exquisite.

Dukat Dill

By: Meriel Bradley I like to direct sow my dill in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked in late spring and the soil is above 10 C. It's considered an annual that self-seeds. If you're planting for harvesting, you can sow every 3 weeks or so to stager your...

Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Pea

By: Meriel Bradley This is a very pretty sugar snap pea bred by Dr. Alan Kapular. The vines grow to about 8 feet and produce light green pods with a purple stripe down the side. The flowers are a lovely two-tone purple making it a perfect plant for ornamental kitchen...

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

By: Meriel Bradley Growing up our garden was full of butterflies and bees and I am working to build out my garden from a new home build of nothing but a grassy lawn into a haven for local butterflies, bees, and birds. The Monarch butterfly is one of the most striking...

Potted Herbs for your Kitchen

By: Meriel Bradley This is a great project if you love cooking with fresh herbs through those cold winter months. You can plan to plant herbs in the garden during the summer to bring in during the cold months, or if you don't have any in the garden, look in your local...

Mandevilla Vine

Zone 9 - 10Height: up to 20 feetLight: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley The Mandevilla vine is a beautiful addition to your garden and can be easily grown in pots or planted in the ground to scramble up a trellis. These vines thrive in warm weather and are covered in blooms...

Growing Sunflowers

Planting: outside after last frostDays to harvest: 40 - 45Light: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley There is something truly magical about growing sunflowers and many reasons to grow them - here are some of my favourites: They are very easy to grow There are many varieties...

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