Tag Archives: Butterfly gardening

FRIENDS OF THE HARBOR WALK ~ CLEAN UP POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014

Due to rain predicted, clean up is postponed until Sunday, April 6th at 10:00am.  Thank you everyone who was and is planning to come. You don’t need to be a gardener to lend a hand and I will have extra pruners and … Continue reading

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Friends of the HarborWalk Call for Volunteers Sunday Morning March 29th Clean Up

Please join us Sunday morning at 10:00am (weather permitting). We are going to be cleaning up the HarborWalk butterfly gardens. Sharpen your pruners and come on down and learn about some of the native beauties planted at the gardens!

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Lecture: Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden

On Thursday, March 6th, at 7:30pm I will be giving a slide presentation and lecture for the Holden Garden Club. The lecture is based on my book, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!, which I both wrote and illustrated. Now is … Continue reading

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Sign Up for My Column on Habitat Gardening

Bird Food!  ~ American Robin and American Holly (Ilex opaca) My regular readers are aware, as are my fellow GMG contributors, that I write a monthly column/newsletter on gardening, with a focus on designing welcoming habitats for birds and butterflies. My … Continue reading

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Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden

At this time of year, with the holidays knocking at our doors and the scramble for gift ideas beginning, I try to remember to post excerpts and information about my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a … Continue reading

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Lecture Wednesday Night at the Pepperell Garden Club: The Pollinator Garden

Gloucester HarborWalk On Wednesday evening, November 13th, at 7 pm, I will be giving my program, “The Pollinator Garden,” for the Pepperell Garden Club. Following the rhythm of the seasons, I present a slide show and lecture demonstrating how to create … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for the Gloucester Garden Tour

Jay Ramsey (right) and crew Mauricio (left) and Mike (center) On Tuesday, Jay Ramsey and his hard-working and dedicated crew from Farm Creek Landscaping, Mike and Mauricio, spent the morning whipping the HarborWalk Gardens into shape for Saturday’s Gloucester Garden … Continue reading

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New Butterfly Garden for the Children’s Campus at Philips Andover

Native Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) for the Hummingbirds This week I, along with a wonderful group of volunteers, am installing the new butterfly and hummingbird garden that I designed for the Children’s Campus at Philips Academy Andover. We also got lots … Continue reading

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Many Thanks to the Positively Most Awesome Community Ever!

The Cape Ann Monarch Milkweed Project was positively a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who ordered and picked up your milkweed plants. Thank you to Joey who turned my small seed of an idea into a fabulous community-wide project … Continue reading

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GMG Monarch-Milkweed Mug Up This Saturday!

Update: Milkweed Plants Arrived Thursday and are  ready to go! See you Saturday morning!!! Hooray–our milkweed plants shipped from Missouri Monday and should arrive to Gloucester by Thursday!!! Plants will be available for pick up at Captain Joe and Sons, … Continue reading

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WOW and WONDEFUL—150 milkweed plants ordered!!!

Thank you to everyone participating in our Cape Ann Milkweed Project! Monarch Butterfly Nectaring at Common Milkweed ~ Good Harbor Beach Milkweed may not be for everyone’s garden; even if you did not order plants, you are welcome to come … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Milkweed Project ~ Last day to order plants

Monarch Butterfly on Marsh Milkweed Order Your Milkweed Plants Today! In case you missed the details see Sunday’s Post: Cape Ann Milkweed Project Tonight I am placing the order for the milkweed plants. Please get your orders in. Thank you … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Milkweed Project ~ Place your orders today

Order Your Milkweed Plants Today! Monarch Chrysalis on Rib of Common Milkweed Leaf Everyone who wrote in yesterday and placed an order has been recorded. Anyone interested in ordering either Common or Marsh Milkweed today, please place your order in … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Milkweed Project

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from Chrysalis Order Your Milkweed Plants Today! In March I shared an article about bringing back the Monarch Butterflies. Great interest in planting milkweed was expressed by many. The way to bring as many Monarchs as possible to our region is … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day and Habitat Gardening 101

To celebrate Earth Day (Earth Week-Earth Month-Everyday is Earth Day!), I am beginning a new series on GMG titled Habitat Gardening 101. The series is based on the lectures that I give to area conservation groups, garden clubs, libraries, and schools and is … Continue reading

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Lecture Tonight ~ The Pollinator Garden

Tired of the monochromatic New England landscape? Tonight, Thursday, I am giving my lecture program The Pollinator Garden from 7 to 9 at the Andover Public Library Memorial Hall. The public is welcome. North American Native Pink-flowering Dogwood ~ Cornus … Continue reading

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Gloucester Harbor Walk Gus Foote Dedication Sunday

Tomorrow, Sunday, at noon is the dedication of the Gus Foote Park. Following the dedication, I will be giving a mini-talk about the butterfly gardens planted along the Harbor Walk. A yummy clam chowder tasting is planned, provided by the … Continue reading

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Dutchman’s Pipevine Photo from 1915

Look what Fred Bodin from Bodin Historic Photo shared! Julia Lane, later Julia Wheeler, posed for Alice M. Curtis on August 12th, 1915, in Gloucester. Fred read my post about Dutchman’s Pipevine and Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies titled Plant, and They … Continue reading

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Plant, and They Will Come!

Nearly five years ago in late September 2007, I photographed a male Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor) nectaring in my garden. I found mesmerizing its dark beauty, with black wings punctuated by brilliant orange spots and shimmering iridescence. The wings … Continue reading

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