The other day, I had a guest in my garden that referred to the garden as "magical". I never thought of my garden as magical until several days later. Yesterday I walked out into the garden with my watering can to water some plants that I had transplanted earlier in the day. I was surprised when I walked into that section of the garden to find it was full of butterflies. There were about two dozen butterflies fluttering around the garden. It was a breezy day and they were resting on plants or fluttering around in groups of three to five. I couldn't believe my eyes. I went back to the house and got my camera and returned to the garden. I spent nearly an hour watching the butterflies and taking pictures. I felt like Snow White in the Disney film surround by butterflies. I was amazed at how close they came to me and I even had one sit on my shoe.
I did some research on the butterflies and found that they were Painted Ladies and Red Admirals. They were mating and searching out their mates. I am really glad they came to my garden because it was a spectacular show to watch. It seems that they were attracted to some of the weeds that are growing near my garden as larval food.
After the butterfly incident in my garden, I have decided that maybe my garden really is a magical garden!
Each year in my landscape, I take on a new project. Over the last 10 years, most of what I have been doing was adding plants, beds and pathways. This year, I plan to take on an area of the landscape that has been very much neglected. I have been looking into installing a larger patio area. A warm inviting place where family and friends can gather. Our current patio area is very small and not very appealing.
I have taken lots of pictures from different garden shows that I have attended, looking for ideas that I like and could use for the project. One of the current trends is adding a fire feature to the landscape. I was exploring all the photos I have taken over the years looking for what would look good with my design. After looking at all my photos, I decided to share some of them with you. If you are sitting at home on a cold winter day and planning your landscape for next year, take a look at some of these ideas. I have lots of photos of different fire features in many pric…
Don't you just enjoy the sound of water in a garden? Whether it is a fountain, waterfall or the soft trickling sound of a stream, water features add beauty and a relaxing feel to a garden. I like water features in my garden. Having a large garden, I can get away with having several in my landscape. When I go to garden shows or go on garden tours, I like to take photos of the many different types that are available and post them to my blog for others to enjoy and to get ideas from for their own gardens. Here are some new photos that I recently took of some of my favorites. Enjoy!