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the second butterfly to identify

02 August 2014 12:06:50

Sorry,  I can never manage to upload 3 pictures!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 02 August 2014 13:50:16

This one is the Small Tortoiseshell.

Dana Dana 02 August 2014 14:03:42

Thank you Elizabeth!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 August 2014 15:45:15

Great photo, Dana. Lots of Tortoiseshells here this year for a change.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 02 August 2014 21:23:49

What a great colour contrast.


Dana Dana 03 August 2014 08:21:40

Thanks Jacinta and Michele.  I would love to have more varieties of butterflies.  A little strange to see a drop in the  number of small tortoiseshells in my yard.  I even left more of my lavender uncut this year.  I'm going to add at least a couple new plants just for them next year (to be decided still which varieties!).


Please help identify butterflies (or moths?)

02 August 2014 12:05:19

Hi there,

Now that has been a very nice summer indeed! Two summers in a row!  Could I please ask you help in identifying two butterflies that like my lavender?  The one I think is fairly common (the orangish one). I'd usually have loads of them in the garden, but this year I don't have nearly as many.  The white/yellow one isn't as common.  Are they moths? 

I am planning on adding more plants to the garden next year that would attract butterflies throughout the summer.  It is a bit of a process, creating these gardens.  

The vegetable garden didn't get the attention it needed this year.  But the few items I did grow seem to be doing well: peas, beet root, garlic, and potatoes. 

I have ventured out on facebook and found a few other lovely gardening sites.  If I can't get to the gardens, it is at least nice to see the pictures of them on facebook! 

Thanks for your help with the butterflies!


Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 02 August 2014 13:48:19

Hi Dana lovely juicy peas there! The Butterfly in the first picture looks like the Small White.

Dana Dana 02 August 2014 14:06:37

Hi Elizabeth, the peas were fantastic and sweet!  Banner year for them.  Thank you. I also think it is a 'small white'.  Funny, I like the butterflies, but I think the small white is one of the reasons I won't grow cabbage anymore - too many catepillars! 

Thanks so much for your help in identifying them!


Slow going into spring...

22 March 2014 13:44:44

I usually love getting out into the garden and doing whatever I can. That wasn't the case this past winter, unfortunately.  I could blame the weather, but if I really wanted to I probably could have worked outside anyway.  But hopefully my mindset has turned a corner and I'll be outside a bit more now.  Thank God for the blooms that brighten up any day!

I hope you all have been more successful in the garden than I have!

Here's to a more productive spring!


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2014 14:17:19

I sometimes find it a bit hard to get going after a spell of bad weather but once out I don't mind it. Lovely photos.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 March 2014 18:17:12

Spring? Sure, it's pure WINTER out there today!!!

andyf7 andyf7 22 March 2014 21:01:51

lovely pics Dana, i never looked in my garden for 2 months! Success is your own


Myrtle Myrtle 22 March 2014 21:20:39

Lovely display of daffodils, once you get out there for an hour the excitement of the new season will catch you. I really like Andy's sentence "Success is your own enjoyment", enjoyment is what its about.

Jackie Jackie 23 March 2014 06:38:14

It's bitter cold but I too persevere and get out. It can only get better, can't it!! 

Dana Dana 23 March 2014 20:38:09

What lovely comments!  I agree Myrtle, Andy's sentiments that "success is your own enjoyment" is fantastic! 

Need help identifying plant, please.

27 January 2014 10:27:39

Hi there!

I'm going through photos from this past year, and I can't identify something from  my garden.  I didn't plant it, so it could very well be a weed. It has a nice plant form!  The leaves are soft. 


Any thoughts?



damo19 damo19 27 January 2014 10:34:48

Looks like a foxglove to me.

fran m fran m 27 January 2014 10:52:01

Yep Damo, Foxglove / Digitalis for sure.

Dana Dana 27 January 2014 12:52:17

But Damo & Fran, it didn't have any flowers or stems at all, just the green that you see in the pic.  Would foxglove take 2 seasons to bloom?

No shock to hear that I still have so much to learn!!!

thanks for your help!


damo19 damo19 27 January 2014 13:30:48

The foxglove is a bi annual, meaning it flowers in its second year.

Dana Dana 27 January 2014 13:38:48

Well isn't that great to learn!  I look forward to seeing some flowers this year, then.


DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 27 January 2014 16:18:26

Foxglove, and from here on in you will have hundreds maybe even thousands of them, unless you get ruthless of course :) They can take over if allowed but do put on a great show especially when planted in beds together.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 January 2014 16:19:31

Nice healthy looking foxglove too. Enjoy, :)

ann stan ann stan 27 January 2014 18:42:20

Foxglove Alright , my place is full of them but they are so lovely at the back of a bed . I move them around to where they are needed and export the rest of them to friend who want them . Enjoy

Jackie Jackie 28 January 2014 07:37:24

They are a great addition to the garden. 

What should orchid leaves look like?

20 January 2014 16:11:56

I wonder if anyone can help me with my orchid?  It had been dormant for about 6 months or so.  I watered it about every 2 weeks, and about 2 months ago I fed it as well.  Then I stopped watering it and it came into bloom.  I watered it again last week.  Now I notice that the leaves which are usually firm and smooth, are wrinkled and soft. 


What should I do?  Is this normal?  How often should an orchid be watered?



Rachel Rachel 20 January 2014 16:38:54

The frequency for watering phalaenopsis orchids depends on where you keep them. In warmer temperatures they will need more water. Limp, wrinkled leaves are generally a sign of insufficinet watering. Are the roots firm? If so, try watering weekly.

What do you mean by dormant? Do you mean your plant didn't flower for six months or that all leaves disappeared. Phalaeonopsis do not go dormant but it is normal for them to take a rest from flowering.

Lovely flower, by the way.

Dana Dana 20 January 2014 17:03:36

Hi Rachel! I was hoping you would have some advice for me!  By dormant I meant it had stopped flowering.  The leaves were still all healthy looking during that time.  It lives in my kitchen on my island.  I thought that since it started flowering when I stopped watering it, it was happier dry.  I'll try watering it weekly.  Thank you for your help :-) 

Jemo Jemo 20 January 2014 17:15:20

Dana beware of overwatering in winter. At the moment days are too short and temp. is too low. Wait a few weeks.


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