Tag Archives: Wolf Hill

Baby Robins, Brought to You by Wolf Hill

We are so fortunate in Gloucester to have not one, but two, terrific garden centers, Wolf Hill and Goose Cove Gardens (and Corliss Brothers in Ipswich isn’t too far off the beaten track, either). Barbara and her team at Goose Cove are phenomenal as is the team at Wolf Hill–Kate, Joe, Ben, Dave, Jake, and all the guys. Baby American Robin ©Kim Smith 2014 Both Wolf Hill and Goose Cove take wonderful care of the wildlife that makes their home in the very inviting environment of their nurseries. Last year Kate kept me well supplied in butterfly eggs, which had been deposited on Wolf Hill plants, and whenever I shop at either garden center, a frequent topic of conversation is the robins because they oftentimes build their nests smack dab in the middle of a plant, or group of plants, that are for sale. Robins especially like to nest in hanging flower baskets. This year was no exception. Today when at Wolf Hill I spied a mama robin zooming away from a balled and burlapped tree. The nest was at eye level! I ran and got my cameras but filmed for only a moment because both parents found it highly disturbing. The babies were hungry, with wide gaping greedy mouths, and it was clear my presence was keeping them from their breakfasts. As soon as I turned away, the parents resumed feeding the babies.

_S956668Isn’t this sweet how they take care of the robins at Wolf Hill?

GMG FOB Nat Johnson Writes In With Question About Where to Purchase Bee Friendly Flowers

Thanks for that splendid talk on bees (Why Bees are Disappearing). I’m ready to go and eager to plant. Can you post on Good Morning Gloucester a list of places where one can find (affordable) bee-friendly flowers and plants. (Maybe even some free wild flowers). Recently, we lost our only nursery in Rockport. Blue Gate Gardens, alas, is gone.

Many thanks,

Nat Johnson Rockport

Hi Nat,

Thank you for writing. We have two absolutely fantastic resources for purchasing bee friendly plants right here on Cape Ann and they are Goose Cove Gardens and Wolf Hill.

The staff at both nurseries are super helpful, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable, and you will find a rich assortment of nectar-rich bee friendly plants. Tonight I’ll put together a post with my reccomendations for bee friendly plants specifically for our region.

Best wishes and happy planting!

Autumn Beauty Sunflower ©Kim Smith 2013Autumn Beauty Sunflower ~ click the photo once to view larger, click again to see the bee dusted in pollen!

Trenel Cove, circa 1915

You've seen Trenel Cove on Wolf Hill many times, commuting onto or off of Cape Ann island. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge (Route 128) connects us with the mainland. It spans the Annisquam River from Rust Island on the left to just beyond the house with the turret on the right (Wolf Hill). Trenel Cove is in the foreground, and was where a small ferry operated. It's now a Gloucester Public Landing (see #11): http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/426

You’ve seen Trenel Cove on Wolf Hill many times, commuting onto or off of Cape Ann island. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge (Route 128) connects us with the mainland. It spans the Annisquam River from Rust Island on the left to just beyond the house with the turret on the right (Wolf Hill). Trenel Cove is in the foreground, and was where a small ferry operated. It’s now a Gloucester Public Landing (see #11): http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/426

Thanks So Much to Kate and Our Friends at Wolf Hill!!!

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Male ©Kim Smith 2013

Newly Emerged Male Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Thanks to Kate and the team at Wolf Hill for giving me a second Black Swallowtail caterpillar of the season. And, as I was getting ready to discard the parsley plant from the first caterpillar they had found at the garden center earlier in May, I discovered yet a third caterpillar.

Chrysalis #2 eclosed yesterday in the early morning hours. The butterfly in the photo above is newly emerged, so much so that you can see its abdomen is still swollen with fluids as it is expelling a drop. After first drying his wings on the zinnias, he flew off in search of nectar and a mate. I just can’t thank you enough Kate, and everyone at Wolf Hill who is taking an interest in the caterpillars!

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Zinnia Male ©Kim Smith 2013.Male Black Swallowtail Butterfly and Zinnia

A Second Go-around with Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)

Round Two with Hippeastrum

‘Orange Sovereign’  has given us a second stalk, and it too, is laden with gorgeous, satiny buds.

Bulb-buying tip: Upon seeing the second stalk, a friend visiting our home last week remarked that the amaryllis she purchases at the supermarket typically only have a few flowerheads and rarely a second stalk. I recommend purchasing Hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs in the fall, through local nurseries and bulb suppliers. Select the plumpest and firmest bulb available. The supermarket bulbs are usually boxed and pre-packaged, which doesn’t allow the opportunity to inspect the bulb.  Both Corliss Bros. and Wolf Hill carry a great selection of Hippeastrum bulbs.

The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 5

The Farmer’s Market, The DTF Burger Challenge, New Gloucester Restaurants,Palermos, Essex Seafood, Alchemy, Hale Street,Boston Derby Dame Roller Derby, Groupon,  Real Estate, The 4 worst mistakes you can make when selling your home, New CSA in Town With Joey and Kenny

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