The Winter Garden

From the window the garden looks bare but there is beauty to be found. Now covered by thick snow, the garden contains seemingly uninteresting remnants of once lush flowering plants. Under close inspection in the bright sunlight, these remnants show a fascinating display of seeds and seed pods.

Take a look at some of the plants I found in the garden. It can be  difficult to tell what they are at this time of the year, especially with very little left of the plant. Can you identify them? Perhaps you have these in your garden.

seed head

A

seed head 3

B

seed head 1

C

seed head 2

D

Happy Growing,

Trina Alix

Answers: A) Joe Pye Weed  B) Honey Suckle  C) Garlic  D) Black Eyed Susan

Bon Voyage Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly

I spotted a few monarchs the other day on Joe Pye Weed or Eupatorium purpureum. As I watched them drink the nectar from the flowers I thought how amazing it is that they fly all the way to Mexico. Throughout the summer, I was given a sense of hope and transformation whenever I found a butterfly gliding in the air or perched on a plant.  A sense of hope for unimaginable and wondrous possibilities in the future, just like a crawling caterpillar transforming into a majestic butterfly.

The monarch butterflies begin their migration to Mexico in September, so if you happen to see one this month, wish it a safe journey. As you say goodbye, take a moment to focus on your hopes for the future and hold them close to your heart.

Happy Growing,

Trina