Cottage Garden Decor garden art outdoor decorations garden benches wrought iron arbors backyard birds made in USA MI company

Blog | Site Map | Privacy Policy

Thoughts from the Cottage…

Monarchs and the Gardener

June 2016

Arbor II Extenders

16 ½ W x 25 ¼ x 9” H

Increases opening of arbor to 100” W x 108”H at corners.

33 lbs Pack Weight

Black powdercoat finish

   Encourage natural controls. Birds and beneficial    insects can go a long way toward maintaining balance in    your landscape. Create a welcoming habitat with feeders    and shelters.

   Tolerate some damage. Keep in mind that caterpillars    are butterfly and moth larvae. Overlook some feeding    damage on plants as part of the process in creating a    welcoming butterfly habitat.

   Learn and share. From egg to larva to pupa to adult,    butterfly metamorphosis has captured the hearts of poets    and writers. And scientists still don't understand the    marvel of monarch migration— how successive    generations of butterflies are able to navigate to a place    they've never been before. Consider volunteering to make    presentations about these fascinating creatures to local    school and community groups. You'll be helping children    and adults make a stronger connection to nature, and    show them ways they too, can help save the monarch    butterfly.

 1 pound mixed green, yellow and purple snap beans

 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped

 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped

 2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves, chopped

 1 clove garlic, pressed and finely chopped

 1 teaspoon lemon zest

 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

 1/2 teaspoon salt

 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  Three-Color Beans with Lemon Thyme-and-Mint Dressing

  Lemon brings out the flavors of beans, especially when scattered with herbs and a hint of   garlic. The purple beans turn green when cooked, but they still add a nice contrast.

  In a large pot, bring salted water   to a   boil. Sort the beans   according to size, adding the   larger ones to the water first,   then the smaller ones so they will   cook evenly. Cover, and boil   until they are snap-tender, about   5  minutes.  Drain,  rinse under   cold water and drain again.  Pat   dry.  In a small salad bowl,   combine parsley, mint and   thyme. Add lemon zest, garlic,   olive oil, salt and pepper. Place   the   cooked beans in a serving   dish or bowl, and drizzle with   the dressing. Serve at  room   temperature on a bed of lettuce.

  Ellen Ecker Ogden is the author of five books, including From the Cook's Garden, based on the catalog she co-founded in Vermont,   and The Complete Kitchen Garden, which features theme designs for cooks who love to garden.

          Peony …Twin or Imposter?


   …Can you tell the    difference between a    Peony, Ranunculus    and a Rose?

  Amazing! An insect with a body the   size and weight of a paper clip can   migrate 1,500 miles or more. Not   once, but twice in its lifetime. First in   autumn, it flies to a specific site in   Mexico (a trip it has not taken   before).  Again in spring, when it   returns north to reproduce. The   monarch populations have been   declining during the past decade. The   absence of monarchs has been   noticed! Just not as many on my   aster plants, which are normally   swarming with them. What can a   gardener do?

  Create a Welcoming Habitat!

  Grow caterpillar food. Monarch caterpillars are fussy eaters. Adults lay eggs only on   milkweed, because that is the only plant they eat. No milkweed, no monarchs. Great source   for milkweed plants and seeds is at Monarch Watch, a group dedicated to monarchs.

  Grow nectar plants. Monarchs get all their energy by sipping nectar. Plants such as asters,

  black-eyed Susan, calendula, coreopsis, purple coneflowers and zinnias are nectar rich.

  Create the habitat. Butterflies need a landing pad to drink, and they love mud puddles. Dig   a few divots in the dirt and keep moist so butterflies can sip water and get the much need   minerals from the soil. Plant trees and shrubs where butterflies can roost at night. Butterflies   can't fly when they are cold, so place large flat rock in locations that receive morning sun to   give them a place to warm up.

  Reaping The Harvest…Fresh Ideas For Green Beans

celebrate the summer, have a wonderful 4th of July!

 made in USA MI company Cottage Garden Decor garden art outdoor decoration bird feeders bird bath garden benches