A Natural Shift

My gardening style has changed over the years, sometimes due to environmental factors, like living in an apartment, other times inspired by a certain type of plant, or even a new hobby. However, I’ve noticed a major shift in the last few months that might have irrevocably changed the direction of my garden for the rest of my life.

I’m not sure exactly where the change occurred, perhaps it began with my new found love for butterflies or maybe it was a recent educational class I attended, but I think this change is permanent. When I look back over my gardening years until now, it seems superficial, something that benefited only myself. When I look forward, I see a garden for everything, buzzing with bees, covered in butterflies, an environment that invites all types of plants, animals and insects and more specifically, a garden filled with native plants.

Bee on a dahlia bloom.

I feel like I have more to say now than I ever have before and I want to share my journey to a new type of gardening with all of you. To a more natural style of gardening. Let’s let nature be nature. Let’s see how we can work less on our yards and help the environment more.

Going forward, I am going to invite guest bloggers to contribute more often, sharing their specific area of expertise. I’m going to share my own research on topics with all of you so that it may inspire you to make changes in your yard.

A few blog articles on my to-do list:

  • Step-by-step Guide to Raising Monarch Caterpillars
  • How to Build a Monarch Caterpillar Enclosure
  • How to Build Bat House (yes!)

I am definitely not an expert on these topics but my goal will be to either bring in an expert or find information out there online to help craft these articles.

If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this blog, please reach out to me at thebloomingfarmhouse@gmail.com.

If you would like to submit photos of your native plants, pollinator garden, butterfly feeder, etc., please email me as well. I have built a platform for sharing ideas, let’s start sharing with each other. I would love to feature your photos!

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If you’ve made it this far, thank you. I appreciate your support and hope to provide more value and inspiration to you as my reader going forward. For now, here are a few things going on at the farm this month.

Mallard Ducklings
We brought six new Mallard ducklings home on Friday. They are already so intelligent and wonderful to watch. They are in their brooder box and happy as can be right now. Much more on this topic soon!

Mallard ducklings.
Six mallard ducklings.

Monarch Caterpillars
I’ve now raised ten Monarch caterpillars to the chrysalis stage, with one left to go. All of these eggs were harvested about the same, right when I saw a Monarch on our property. She was the only Monarch I’ve seen here all year so I am hoping more are on the way. I’ve been checking our milkweed and neighborhood patches for more eggs but haven’t had any luck since I found these eggs around three weeks ago. I did see a Black Swallowtail and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail here on the farm this weekend, along with many other small varieties which I hope to learn and photograph over the summer. Much more on this topic soon!

Monarch caterpillars on milkweed.

Blooming Flowers
Things are look beautiful around the farm. These larkspur have self-seeded now for two summers, which is amazing. I made a little video (embedded below) for you to see some of what is blooming right now.

Happy gardening! I hope to hear from you soon.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    I’ve been gardening with nature in mind for many years, it isn’t as formal, a bit wild and messy, but the hum of bees, flitting butterflies and the whizzing of hummers are all the approval I need. 🙂
    I enjoyed your video, esp. the twittering of birds and quacking ducks in the background!


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