Showing posts from January, 2014

A Place to Rest and Enjoy the Garden

Every garden needs a bench. It is a place to go, sit down and rest after a hard day of pulling weeds or raking. It is a place to sit and reflect in the garden. It is a place to sit and enjoy the sounds and sights of nature. It can be that beautiful focal point, tucked away in the corner of the garden, and it can be that special place to spend time with family or friends. Yes, every garden needs a bench.

Garden benches come in all sizes, shapes, styles and colors. They can be made of wood, stone, metal, plastic or cement.  There is a style for every garden, both large and small. Garden benches come in many different price ranges and one that can fit in every gardener's budget. Here are some ideas for garden benches that could be in your garden.

It's Not a Hummingbird!

Sometimes when I am out working in the garden, I have spotted what I thought was a baby hummingbird darting around in the plants. What it really happens to be, is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth. Unlike most moths, it will be found active on a nice sunny day. Hummingbird Hawk Moths are about 2 inch long with similar coloration of a real hummingbird. They even fly and dart around like the bird with a humming sound. Their wingspan is between 2 to 6 inches. Hummingbird Hawk Moths live in fields and gardens and spend their days feeding at flowers much like a hummingbird. Always look for the antennae on their heads to tell the difference between the moth and bird. Female moths, lay eggs on host plants. These are plants that the young caterpillars, once hatched, will feed on. Viburnum, black cherry, hawthorns, honeysuckle, madder and bedstraw are some of their favorites. When the female lays her eggs, the eggs will be deposited on top of the leaves. In about 6 to 8 days the larvae hatch and start …

Eagles in Indiana

My last blog post was about an eagle that was in my neighbor's tree. Today's post is on "Eagles in Indiana". Here are some facts that you may or may not know about eagles.

The bald eagle was designated as the national bird of the United States in 1782.The loss of wetland habitat in Indiana caused a decline in the eagle population.The use of chemical pesticides caused the bald eagle population to severely decline in the 50's and 60's. Chemical pesticides called DDT were found in the fish that the birds ate and it caused the egg shells to be thin and break.Female birds weigh more than males.Female and male birds are identical in color.Adult birds have bright yellow feet, bills and eyes. Younger birds have brown bills and yellow feet.A young bird reaches maturity in 4 to 5 years at which time they can start to breed.Eagles mate for life, breed and nest in the same location every year.The primary diet of an eagle is fish. They will eat ducks, rabbits, squirrels a…