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Support pollinators such as bumble bees, butterflies and humming birds with this plant native to much of North America. Learn about its growth and tips on how to incorporate it into a traditional garden setting Obedient Plant, Bumble Bees, Humming Birds, Native Plants, Gardening Tips, North America, Butterflies, Traditional, Group

Featured Flower: Obedient Plant

The Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), or False Dragonhead as it is also commonly known, is a native plant to Eastern Canada and the United States. The common name - obedient plant - comes from the fact that if you gently push the flower into a different position it will stay there as though it is…

Learn what I am doing to prepare my bees for winter - with tips and tricks for feeding the bees Feeding Bees, Beekeeping, Honey, Learning, Winter, Tips, Blog, Winter Time, Studying

Hive Check – Week 4 and 5: Feeding the bees for winter

One thing that I have learned so far with beekeeping is that the bees, and a good beekeeper, always need to be thinking of and preparing for the season to come. And so even though it is August, and still hot as blazes outside, my bees are busy building comb and storing as much honey…

Lobelia siphilitica grows well in partial shade and can attract pollinators such as bumblebees and large butterflies. Learn what it needs to thrive in your garden. Largest Butterfly, Shade Garden, Native Plants, Colorful Flowers, Butterflies, Garden Design, Shades, Gardening, Blue

Featured Flower: Great Blue Lobelia

In the gardening world we all have our colours - the hues that draw us in and inspire us. For me, the flower colours that I love the most are shades of pink, purple and blue. And although I appreciate all of the other colours, and love the combinations that can be created when planting…

Attract hummingbirds to your garden with this stunning flower native to Southeastern Canada and the Eastern United States. I fell in love with this flower as a young girl and have now successfully incorporated it into my garden How To Attract Hummingbirds, Native Plants, I Fall In Love, United States, Canada, Gardening, Group, Board, Flowers

Featured Flower: The Cardinal Flower

I would like to do regular weekly posts with a spotlight on native plants that can be incorporated into traditional garden settings and are beneficial to pollinators. Today I will focus on the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), which holds a special place in my heart. Thinking of cardinal flower always takes me right back to…

Dense Blazing Star is beloved by pollinators and should be incorporated into any pollinator friendly gardens for which it is a native plant. Native Plants, Botanical Gardens, Mother Day Gifts, Planting Flowers, Herbs, Gardening, Group, Star, Blog

Featured Flower: Liatris spicata

The other week my boys took me on a tour of a local, privately owned, botanical garden. It had actually been my mother's day gift but life is so busy right now that we hadn't had the time to go until the end of July. The gardens were beautiful - 20 acres that included an…

In Part 2 of my raising monarchs series I explore the life cycle of the monarch from egg to caterpillar Life Cycles, Caterpillar, Raising, Plant Leaves, Egg, Explore, Eggs, Egg As Food, Exploring

Raising Monarchs - Part 2

I have had the monarchs for a little over a week and to say the change in them has been huge would be an understatement! (to read about what got me into this project and why monarchs are important click here: https://doctorb.blog/2019/08/06/raising-monarchs-part-1/). Every morning, after my cup of coffee is ready, I go out on…

Learn how to attract and support pollinators by planting milkweed with information on the various species and why these plants are so important Horticulture, Compost, Botanical Gardens, Organic Gardening, Planting, Lovers, Group, Board, Blog

Featured Flower: Milkweed

In honour of the little cats munching away in my dad's vase on my back porch I decided the featured flower for this week should be none other than the milkweed! (To read about the start of my monarch adventures you can read my post https://doctorb.blog/2019/08/06/raising-monarchs-part-1/). There are actually 14 different species of milkweed that…

Learn how to attract and support pollinators by planting milkweed with information on the various species and why these plants are so important Horticulture, Compost, Botanical Gardens, Organic Gardening, Planting, Lovers, Group, Board, Blog

Featured Flower: Milkweed

In honour of the little cats munching away in my dad's vase on my back porch I decided the featured flower for this week should be none other than the milkweed! (To read about the start of my monarch adventures you can read my post https://doctorb.blog/2019/08/06/raising-monarchs-part-1/). There are actually 14 different species of milkweed that…

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Adventures of a Honey Bee Veterinarian