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Succulent Mania

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Succulent Mania
I’ll have to admit that I’m completely enchanted when I gaze into a sea of succulents at the garden center.  These plants first cast their spell on me many years ago but no plant variety has come bursting back on the scene in recent years quite like succulents.  Once a niche plant, you can now find succulents used everywhere, from office buildings to home gardens.  There are many reasons why the succulent has become such a popular plant.  First, they are extremely...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: succulents , container plants | Comments (0) | View Count: (2336)

Butterflies Take Flight at Kemper

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Butterflies Take Flight at Kemper
You are invited to stop by the Kemper Center for Home Gardening to see the latest project my volunteers and I have put together for the ‘Native Milkweed for Monarchs’ display. It is part of our Visual Guide Demonstrations featured bi-monthly. We decided that cardstock would hold up the best because of the humidity from the plants. We chose oranges/yellows in theme with monarchs.  Our goal was for the butterflies to look like they were clustering and flying off the windows. I fo...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: butterflies , nature crafts , visual guides | Comments (0) | View Count: (1349)

A Chance Encounter

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A Chance Encounter
After many decades of gardening I had the pleasure of experiencing something new this spring.  While raking mountains of leaves out of my perennial beds, an odd shaped object caught my eye (upper right image).  As I picked up the smooth, light brown, oval form I soon realized I was holding a large cocoon.  This one was intriguing since it was so much bigger than others I had seen in the past.  I could hear the pupa inside rattle like a maraca and had no idea if it could be al...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: caterpillar , butterflies , nature | Comments (0) | View Count: (2586)