In my Backyard

Monarch Butterflies

For most of the summer, I only saw Gulf Fritillary butterflies flitting over my two passion flower vines and occasionally sipping nectar from the flowers I had planted. Then sometime in late September, I saw my first Monarch! It was utterly thrilling to see as many as three or four at a time nectaring on the Torch flowers and laying eggs all over the milkweed plants!

In my Backyard

Blue Orchard Mason Bees

It's almost time to release my mason bees. They've been hibernating all winter in my fridge in their special humidibee container where they get a consistent winter temperature and a perfect level of humidity; where they are protected from predation and damage. I'm estimating that by the end of March, it will be consistently warm… Continue reading Blue Orchard Mason Bees