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Not much to report, so let’s look at the garden!

For those of you worrying about my family when you saw the news of the floods in Belgium and Germany, they’re in a different part of the country. It’s been wet everywhere, but no flooding for them, thankfully. The images I’ve seen from the affected areas have left me speechless.

It’s been one of those weeks with ups and downs for me (fortunately mainly ups), but none of it is suitable for publication on the blog – maybe you’ll get to hear some of it later. That means I haven’t got much to write about, so here are a few flowers from my wildflower strip:

Pink poppy with multiple layers of petals
Pink poppy
close-up of the flowers of Evening Primrose, a yellow flower with four petals.
Common Evening Primrose, beloved by the bumble bees and occasionally visited by Hummie
Safflower (yellow and orange “thistles”), poppy, cornflower, and ? a Black-eyed Susan that’s been nibbled on? or is it a transmogrified coneflower? with some others I don’t know the names for!

They are teeming with insect life; when I watered them a few hours later than usual the other day (I prefer early mornings), clouds of small flying creepy crawlies lifted off, annoyed by the unexpected shower. It sure is a nice micro-habitat!

What’s growing in your garden?

Have a great week! I hope to have something more substantial to share next week.

Close up shot of young leaves of tea plant

Backyard Wildlife College Newsletter 2:1 (2019)

“More than just fluffy bunnies”

(Backyard Wildlife College, Allentown PA, est. 2017)

Infrastructure improvements at Backyard Wildlife College

On Friday evening, we arranged for some improvements to the infrastructure of the College.

With the fear of frosty mornings a few weeks behind us, the little patio was repopulated with its usual sojourners: a small selection of herbs, a couple of succulents, and a growing collection of carnivorous plants.

We opted for an experiment in full soil growth, with a random mix of herbs and flowers, including some rescues.

1. Petunia. A freebie that was table decoration during an open house at Muhlenberg College, rescued from oblivion at the end of the session.

Small petunia in full soil

Petunia

2. Lemon Bee Balm: useful for all sorts of things apparently, but let’s first see if it grows and provides some flowers for the bees and bumbles on the BWC campus. Continue reading