I squealed and wiggled my arms in the air like an excited kid when I saw this monarch caterpillar on milkweed in my garden this morning! I was pretty sure I saw a couple of eggs on the leaves last week. I’m hoping it makes it until the next stage. It definitely has a good appetite! 🐛🌿
One of my favourite parts of the garden at the moment. Some of what’s in view: garlic, astilbe, lady’s mantle, tradescantia, heuchera, hosta and that dog.
A monarch visited my garden today! I was so excited to see it! About three years ago, I realized that one of the weeds I’d been removing from my garden in the springtime was milkweed. I decided to let it grow and flower in a couple of sunny spots in my garden with dreams of seeing monarch butterflies. But there were none. I almost gave up and considered removing it again. But this beautiful butterfly spent several hours in my garden today. As for the milkweed? It will be welcomed each spring. #monarchbutterfly #monarch #gotmilkweed #milkweed #gardenstories #butterflies #gardenfriends #mygarden
Best buddies. The one on the right turns nineteen today. Happy birthday, Chloé!!! 💛😘💛
I made ravioli from scratch today (the pasta and filling). It took me six hours in all. 🤦♀️ The good news is that it was a holiday Monday here, kneading the pasta dough was therapeutic and the final product (ravioli with roasted butternut squash and cheese) was enjoyed by everyone.
I put a strawberry plant in the middle of my herb planter this year and it seems to be very happy. This was the first ripe strawberry and it was delicious! 🍓 'Rosalyne' strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa)
It’s Canada’s birthday today and mine too! This chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting is as delicious as it looks. Chloé made it for me. I only photographed half of the cake because the other half is already gone! 🎂🇨🇦
It’s serviceberry season and they are one of my favourite berries! We have three trees and four shrubs so we have lots to share with the birds who love them too. Last year I made jam with them but didn’t post the photo at the time (second photo) as the jam was pretty but it wasn’t that good. I don’t blame the berries but put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the jam maker. 🤷♀️ Chloé is currently making pancakes with serviceberries so I’ll get to taste them that way. 🥞 A tried and true way to enjoy them is to eat a freshly-picked handful every time you go in the garden. 🌿😋