Happy Cacti & Succulents

While other plants have wilted or retreated from this summer’s excessive heat, my cacti and succulents enjoying their seasonal residence on the front deck have relished the long, hot spotlight.  Many of the cacti especially have been so happy they’ve rebloomed twice, a rarity for some species.


Sometimes the angle of light is just perfect for that unique photo.

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Looking up.  Photo Credit: Linda Sullivan

Our Pantry Profile: Thyme — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Thyme {Thymus vulgaris} Common garden thyme has been used for protection, courage, food, and medicine since the beginning of recorded history. A low-growing, aromatic shrub native to the rocky hills of the Mediterranean and Southern Europe, it’s now a staple of herb gardens around the world. Roman soldiers bathed in thyme to maintain their courage […]

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Of all the coneflowers, in all the gardens, you fly onto mine

I haven’t seen many butterflies thus far this year, so a few days ago I was excited to be  treated to a wonderful scene on my garden coneflower.  This beauty alighted and fed for a long time, but she wasn’t alone as another little flying beauty was also admiring the echinacea.

Photo Credit: Linda Sullivan 

The monarch and the bee had a bit of an aerial scuffle, but soon the bee moved onto some other tasty wildflowers and the butterfly was left to alight and feed for an extended period of time.

If you stop, look and feel nature for even just a short amount of time, you’ll experience a little, glorious heavenly shudder in your very soul.

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Can’t look away

A colour explosion in the mid-summer garden. Mother Nature updates her wardrobe once again, adding fiery oranges, peaches, fluorescent pinks, bright yellows and velvety purples.  A celebration of beauty in my own backyard. Blessed.

A Few More Bad Apples: As The Climate Changes, Fruit Growing Does, Too — News : NPR

Apple growing is a ruthless business obsessed with good looks. Higher temperatures affect every part of of the fruit’s life cycle, from more pests to changing color — and can even give them sunburn.(Image credit: Jake Rajs/Getty Images)

via A Few More Bad Apples: As The Climate Changes, Fruit Growing Does, Too — News : NPR