Wildlife

Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta)

Tobacco hornworm caterpillar

The tobacco hornworm is a voracious eater that can do a great deal of damage in a flower or vegetable garden. I decided to prune the dead flowers from my Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) the other day.  It is attracting butterflies like crazy, but most of the flowers were long dead.  I thought pruning it would…

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria crowned pigeon

Victoria crowned-pigeon – Goura victoria We had visitors from the UK recently and spent a day at the North Carolina Zoo, in Ashville, NC.   The zoo is divided into two parts – North America and African animals.  We spent our time at the African animal exhibits since we all wanted to see the large wild…

Squirrel Damage in a Vegetable Garden.

I am an animal lover.  I don’t like to see any creature being hurt in any way.  I remember sitting at my computer desk last year and watching a squirrel run along my fence line with a whole corn cob that he had retrieved from my compost pile, and thinking “how cute!” It didn’t take…

Control Squash Bugs by Following These Tips.

How to control squash bugs

Trying to control squash bugs can seem an insurmountable task when you find them in your vegetable garden. Last week I had a huge zucchini and squash patch. This week I have a squash bug infestation.  I am so dismayed.  I noticed them first with the distinctive eggs on the top of the leaves.  Normally…

Hummingbird Accent Throw Pillow 17 x 17″

Every once in a while I find a home decor retail object that I like to share with my readers.  This lovely hummingbird throw pillow is one of those. Details of the Hummingbird Throw Pillow Artist Carolyn Shores Wright captures a moment in time with this beautiful design featuring a hummingbird enjoying a colorful snack…