Looking Into Their Eyes – A Place to Live and Grow Naturally

When we strive to provide an environment which welcomes wild creatures

Green Frog

Green Frog

We are creating not only habitats where humans and wildlife coexist

Northern Mocking Bird

Northern Mocking Bird

We are creating opportunities to look into their eyes and see

Green Frog

Green Frog

Nursery Web spider with her egg case

Nursery Web spider with her egg case

They are more than feathers

Juvenile flycatcher getting ready to fledge

Juvenile flycatchers

Scales

Eastern Garter Snake

Eastern Garter Snake

Or fur

Eastern American Grey Squirrel

Eastern American Grey Squirrel

Working in a garden that is also designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Green Bottle Fly on Daisy mum

Green Bottle fly on Daisy mum

Allows an individual the time to commune with the natural world.

Tussock moth

Tussock moth

Ribbon snake

Ribbon snake

Beauty abounds

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Tiger Lily

And life is everywhere

Mining Bee

Mining Bee

 

 Joy is contagious!

Silver-Spotted Skipper butterfly  on parsley

Silver-Spotted Skipper butterfly on Flat-leaf parsley

 

CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT #139,583

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis on Coleus plant

 

Green frog 2014

Green Frog

 

 

Caterpillars-Contemplating Their Transformative Nature

IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!

I live in eastern Pennsylvania and like millions of others along the eastern coast of the United States we are in a deep freeze. The sun is shining through the skylight but the warmth is deceiving. Just tried to drive to a local winery, the back roads were drifted over thanks to wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour. I need a warm weather connection! So enjoy with me one of the most transformative creatures – caterpillars!

All the beauties you see here have called the gardens their home before transforming and flying away…

Black swallowtail caterpillar on dill

Black Swallowtail caterpillar on dill plant

Evergreen Bagworm moth caterpillar

Evergreen Bagworm moth caterpillar

Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar

Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar

Silver-spotted Skipper Caterpillars on Harry Lauder Walking Stick

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillars on Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

White marked Tussock moth caterpillar

White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar

Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars

Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars

Saddleback Moth Caterpillar

Saddleback moth caterpillar next to acorn caps

Tussock Moth Caterpillar 2

Tussock moth caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar

Juvenile Saddleback caterpillars on native Spicebush

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Wooly Bear caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Pale Tussock moth caterpillar

Pale Tussock moth caterpillar

Butternut Wooly Moth Caterpillar

Butternut Wooly moth caterpillar

 

The Coldest Days

The skies are seldom blue

Turtle Cap seed pod

 Whites and greys are the dominant colors

Slate roofing tiles sculpture

 Maddie and the Dreamer

But in a four season garden

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

Subtle color shades begin to appear through the snow-covered earth

Ice crystals on Hen and Chicks

But at this moment in time I long for a rainbow covered landscape

Ice drop on Weeping Blue Atlas

Turtle Cap seed pod

Proliferation: The Self-seeded Garden

Orange Portulaca flower growing admist rocks in roadside garden      Purple Alyssum self-seeded in brick walkway

When we moved into our home in November of 2004 the only garden beds were foundation plantings. The present gardens began in 2005 with a modest creation of a garden bed adjacent to our driveway and the road.
 Garden bed adjacent to the driveway and road with self-seeded larkspur
Over the years I’ve removed poison ivy vines, raspberry canes and an assortment of weeds to create garden rooms.
 Impatiens have self-seeded between Golden Tiara hostas in the circular garden adjacent to labyrinth
The beds were originally filled with both divided perennials brought from our old home and store-bought annuals.
Echinacea transplanted to bed by potting shed  from self-seeded plants
  I must admit  was not expecting the proliferation of plants as annuals reseeded  and perennials jumped their beds.
Violets and Marsh Marigolds that jumped their woodland bed
I have come to realize that because of their continued proliferation
Portulaca, Alyssum and Celosia all self-seeded in front roadside garden
I have been able to increase the area of the gardens without having to continually oversee established beds.
 Alyssum and Portulaca in front roack garden near road
 Minimal weeding in spring is all that is needed which leaves time to enjoy the gardens!
Maddie sitting in a bed of self-seeded Ice Pansies
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Self-seeded sunflowers
Larkspur and Roses

Winter in the Gardens

For those who have never walked a garden during a snowfall it is difficult to perceive the quiet beauty that is the winter garden

Bank barn

In hidden spaces remnants of flowers are found frozen to the ground

Self-seeded pansy growing under the deck

Snow adds new dimensions to garden sculptures 

Primative wooden snowman buried in the snow

Paths are hidden save for those that are outlined by their protruding borders

The Dreamer in the labyrinth

Melting snow creates droplets of ice which reflect next year’s new growth

Ice droplet on Cryptomeria japonica

Evergreens brighten otherwise neutral areas of the gardens 

Holly cultivar

Twilight only adds to the ambient atmosphere

January sunset

Pennsylvania Sunset Valley View Road East Allen Township  2015

Balance is achieved

Eastern American Grey Squirrel

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