So Where do you think you could find Caterpillars and Butterflies?
If you stop and look, you will see caterpillars crawling aroung plants and leaves. Butterflies on the other hand, are amazing creatures flitting through the air on wings that are delicate and yet can withstand the winds that are happening around us daily. Many are in decline and need our help. Our world is in trouble, and everything we can do to help, is a step in the right direction.
Now is a great time to learn about caterpillars and butterflies with your children! You can even help to make their life cycle happen with success. It’s a great teaching opportunity, it’s never too early to learn about nature and our roles in making things better for all the animals around us.
Butterflies did not start their lives looking like they do when you see them flitting through the air. They start life out much differently. Unlike humans who have a similar form all through their lives, butterflies change appearances a few times through their life cycle. They start off as eggs laid on the undersides of leaves. Monarchs love to lay their eggs on the undersides of Milkweeds. Why, you might ask? Well it’s quite well known that Monarch are attracted to Milk Weeds and the baby caterpillars that come out of the eggs, can eat a lot. Milk weeds have lots of leaves and they are very tasty to those baby caterpillars.
So if you are interested in having Monarch caterpillars in your garden, it would be a good idea to have some milk weeds growing there too. Take the time to sit in the garden and watch those beautiful Monarch flying around and when they land on the milk weed, wait a day or two and then look under the leaves. Don’t be surprised when you see some small mounds of eggs under those leaves.
The next question would be, Why do they lay their eggs under the leaves? Well, just think about how smart those butterflies are, if they laid their eggs on top of the leaves, they would wash away when it rains. When they lay their eggs under the leaves, the babies are already protected by their own living umbrella. Even better, when they hatch, they don’t have to look too far for their next meal. They will start chomping on those leaves.
Now not all caterpillars look alike, some are one color, and some are furry, some have spikes and others are shiny. Each type of caterpillar you find will end up becoming a butterfly or a moth. Not all caterpillars are “good” caterpillars either. Some of them are very destructive to farmers fields, so it helps to know which ones we should look out for and which ones we should pick to use as dinner for the fish in our pond.
Butterflies are found in almost every part of the world, but the types of butterflies will vary greatly. Just like birds, certain butterflies like special kinds of weather. Monarchs for example will fly from the warm climates of California and Mexico to the north during summer months, and then when it becomes too cold, they start to fly south again……
Butterfly: Children Book of Fun Facts & Amazing Photos on Animals in Nature – A Wonderful Butterfly Book for Kids aged 3-7
Do you want to learn more about butterflies? These are a few of the books that I would recommend for your own research and fun. See how many of these butterflies you can find this summer.
Butterflies are wonderful creatures that need help sometimes in order to survive. Teaching our children about the beautiful animals and insects in our natural world will help them to understand that they too play an important role in the survival of some of the most delicate creatures on earth. They will also make it a part of their daily lives and that can only be a good thing.
Fill your summertime with nature and all the beauty that surrounds us. Take the time to embrace all the creatures that share your space. Do your part to make Mother Nature happy.
Monday is the first day of the BC Stack Sale! Don’t let the day go by without making this purchase!
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Does that sound smart? I sure think so. There are so many people who will try to tell you that all you need is a domain name and hosting and you can make money without any effort. I’m here to tell you that this is a misconception. Like anything else in life, you have to work at it. Tools are needed and the BC Stack is chock full of great information to help you get that on-line presence started and to get noticed.
How to Make Outdoor Entertaining Easy
Your outdoor space says a lot about how you relax and enjoy your “downtime”. Everyone works hard at their jobs and when you come home, you just want to relax and enjoy your home indoors and outdoors too. Summer months are the best time to make outdoor entertaining real easy. The days are longer, sunshine lasts on the average about 14 hours and with some easy outdoor lighting, you can make that day last a little longer.
Start with Comfortable Seating in the Patio
When inviting friends and family to enjoy your space, it’s always nice to have a comfortable spot to have those conversations that reconnect us. Might I suggest that the new outdoor furniture is a great place to start and it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Affordable and weather resistant, these patio “living rooms” make a really nice place to relax and enjoy.
Two Chairs and a Loveseat with a coffee table to share between them makes a perfect spot for an evening outdoors. The coffee table will double as a resting place for your beer or wine glass too.
What else do you need?
Add some fairy lights to add a little bit of extra time to spend in the garden after the sun goes down. These are so pretty and really add just a little bit of magic to the evening atmosphere. Plus you just never know when those fairies are going to come out to join the party.
If Fairy lights are not to your liking and you want something a little more outdoorsy, you could also do some Tiki Torches around the Patio area. The fire will tend to help keep some of the bugs at bay. Just remember to extinguish them after your company has left!
Which ever way you choose to decorate your outdoor space, once you have it done, you will be using it much more frequently. Outdoor Entertaining will be so much fun once you have your patio all set up. You will make use of it daily and with summer just beginning, now is the time to start setting up your outdoor space.
Remember that you make memories when you spend time with friends and family. Spending that time in your lovely outdoor patio, will make memories that last for a lifetime. Enjoy!
Father’s Day isn’t just for DAD‘s it’s also for those Fathers who are also Grandfathers!
Grandfather’s sometimes get lost in the shuffle. But truth be known, they shouldn’t be! Father’s Day is that one day in the year where we celebrate all the men who have had an impact on our lives. The men who taught us how to use a screwdriver and hammer, helped us build our first birdhouse and much more. Those are the Dad’s who through the years could be called upon to help us out in whatever need we had. I know that many times we called on my father to help us do those things that we had no experience with. One task that my father helped us with, was felling a tree that was threatening to land on a neighbor’s house.
My husband and I had no idea how to do this and could not afford to hire an arborist. We had just bought this house and there wasn’t any cash to spare. My father just looked and said, “No problem!” Let’s do this together and it will be done in no time at all.
Quickly and without much fuss, we had our tree felled and our angst was replaced with relief.
Anyone who has ever felled a tree knows how much work that is. My father just took it in stride, cleared his calendar and helped. Actually he spearheaded the attempt to fell this tree. His grandchildren were there to witness the action first hand. And I’m sure that they would agree that this was one cool Grandpa. He would have loved this T-shirt. His Grandchildren were the light of his life. Coming from them, I know he would have worn that T-shirt with the most pride ever.
I could also see him wearing this little number. He was a good man, with many stories, that the grandchildren would listen intently to. At times I thought they must be in awe, or they just could not believe half of the stories he would tell. So his stories became Legend. He lived in an age that my children just could not imagine. WW2 stories, depression stories and having to work before and after school, were things my children did not understand (thank God). His family would not have survived if the children didn’t do some of the farming tasks.
Father’s Day Gift Mug – Novelty Design 11oz Funny Dear Grandpa Mug, Thanks 4 Putting Up A Child Like My DAD, Your Favorite White Ceramic Coffee Mugs Cup – Top Quality, Awesome Gift Mug for Grandpa / Father’s Day
I’m sure that my kids would have given this mug to their Grandpa. After all, they just lit up like crazy when they went to visit him. Me, they had me all the time, so I didn’t get the same reactions. Grandpas are special people who light up a special spot in the hearts of their grandchildren.
Today, it’s my husband and I, who are the Grammie’s and Grandpa’s. I know that these gifts would fit this Grandpa nicely too! While he doesn’t fell trees, he still plays an important part in their lives, both as Father and Grandfather. His grandchildren will surely have stories to tell about him too!
****UPDATE***** May 18, 2016
Today on the news it was reported that most Sunscreens that claim 30 SPF( sun protection factor) OR MORE do NOT offer the protection claimed. Making Hats an essential addition to your sun protection regiment. Be safe not sorry!
Summer Hats a Necessary Item or Not?
Summer Hats are a must have item for everyone! Finding a hat you like might be more of the issue. Why, you may ask? Well let me tell you that in recent years the number of people with skin cancer has jumped way up. It used to be that only the red-heads and fair skinned people had to worry about skin cancers, but that has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Doctors are the ones that noticed the increase in the numbers of reported cases.
It is a Fact, the number of people with skin cancers are rising!
So what do you do? If you are a gardener and like to spend time outdoors, you protect yourself the same way that you protect your hands and your feet. Having a comfortable hat on your head will certainly be the first step in protection. A hat with a large brim will shade your eyes and place your shoulders and ears out of the direct glare of the sunlight.
Fashion versus Utility
If you wear a hat in the garden, it might as well be a nice one! The important part is making sure that the hat does what it should do and that is shelter your sensitive areas on your head, ears and the back of your neck.
Now these hats are very nice and useful and cool in the summer, but what if you want some colour? There are hats that fit that bill too! Whether you are gardening, walking outdoors, or fishing, there is nothing that says you can’t add a splash of colour into your day. Just make sure that it is on your head and stays there as long as you are outdoors.
This one is shown in pink, but it comes in 14 different colours and you’d be amazed at how masculine it looks in an army fatique colouring. Made for men or women, because it’s not just the women who are getting skin cancers, it’s also the men. I don’t like baseball caps, because while they protect your eyes from the excessive glare of the sun, they do nothing for the sensitive skin on your ears, or the back of your neck. These are target areas for skin cancers to grow. It’s better to wear a hat like this:
Sun protection, sun protection!
You hear mom’s remind their children to put on their hats, put on sunscreen and if they are too young, mom makes sure she does it for them. So why not make sure that the man of the house is also protected when he goes out to play. Whether he is at the baseball game, golfing, or watching the kids at the park, make sure he is protected from those harmful rays of the sun too.
A little protection from the sun’s rays, will save you a lot of grief. Make it a habit, you and your skin will thank you!
Happy Summer, Happy and Safe Sunny Days.
Gardens like everything in life, come alive with movement and art. Kinetic Garden Sculptures give that extra bit of “Awe” into your gardening space.
Even if you garden on a balcony, these sculptures will lend an air of excitement and give you time to enjoy the movement of the wind or breezes that blow through.
Every Botanitcal garden I have ever visited, always included surprises that I wasn’t expecting. Most of the time it was in the form of some type of statuary or sculptured piece. Now you can have that same element of surprise in your garden with very affordable and quite beautiful Kinetic garden Sculptures. There is one that will fit your tastes I’m sure. But the true beauty is in the movement of the piece. Unlike a statue that does not move, these works are all based on movement.
It’s easy to see that the balance has got to be just right, so that even if there isn’t any wind, the sculpture looks beautiful on it’s own merit. Add that little breeze or mild wind and you have a soothing, hypnotic addition to your garden space.
Garden sculptures are wonderful additions to any style of garden. They add a touch of whimsy and just make people smile. They are fascinating to watch and have a real calming effect on people. Placed in a special spot, whenever you are in the garden, you will catch a glimpse of these beautiful works of art.
Anthony Howe Kinetic Sculptures (You Tube, posted by Perpetual Useless)
The Best Gardening Stool for Mom will be one that is easy to use and will really help her in the garden.
I like this garden stool for several reasons. Not only is it really useful, but it does what you want it to do. It can be used two ways, as a seat or as a kneeler. The design is such that both ways, there is enough padding to make this stool or kneeler comfortable. My knees don’t like being on the hard ground anymore. So when I get the kneeler out, my knees will let me work for hours without discomfort and no time for complaints.
It’s steel frame is coated with a rust free coating, so it will last through all kinds of weather. Made to fold flat, it won’t take up a whole lot of space when not in use and it will protect you while you are working away in the garden. I remember one year when I was working away with my knees firmly planted in the ground and I did not realize that I was on an ant hill. All of a sudden my knees were burning from ant bites. You won’t have to worry too much with this stool. Oh, you still have to be aware of garden bugs, but at least your knees won’t be on the hill of the ant’s home, making direct contact with those little soldiers.
Getting up and down is easy too with the sides handles that can be used to push up off the kneeler. A quick flip and the kneeler becomes a stool, so that you can rest and enjoy the work you have done, or to take a five minute breather, while you figure out your next move. This Garden Stool is perfect and will last for years to come. Mom will wonder how she ever did without this tool in her arsenal of tools. The Garden will be a place that she will want to go and work in again.
Add this tool caddy to the Garden Stool and you have the perfect pair. Mom will be so thankful that you thought of her every need. Small hand tools are always needed in the garden and this tool caddy has pockets for those and more. When you are working away, it’s nice to be able to take a sip of water, or have your cell phone handy, when someone calls. Pockets for seeds or your camera to take that perfect picture of that special flower or the birds. All of it fits in nicely and more important is close at hand.
This tool caddy will help Mom stay organized and working productively during her garden expeditions. There is a place for everything and everything in it’s place.
These two tools together make a couple of perfect gifts for Mom and she will thank you for the thoughtfulness and practicality of a gift that will keep her in the garden she loves so much.
The Best Rain Barrel is one that works well and holds a good amount of collected water. It should also look nice in your yard, and catch all those natural drops of water!
After searching out all the costs involved with purchasing this rain barrel, I am convinced that this style is the one for you. I like that it has a flat back that will nestle the barrel right up against the wall. It has a large 50 gallon capacity hold and a brass spigot that will double as a hose attachment. Filling your watering cans from the hose attachment will be much easier than trying to fill it from the top. Although you can do that as well. Or you can buy an optional stand for your rain barrel to sit on.
You don’t have to worry about overflow either. This barrel comes with an overflow that faces opposite to the wall that it is resting against. Overflow will run into your yard and not running down close to the foundation of your home. If you want more than one barrel, you can “link” them together for more water savings. There is a screen covering the top helping to keep insects out and the rain barrel safe around children and pets.
The other thing I really like is that it comes in a variety of colours. From an authentic barrel look in Black, to Brown, Tan or Green, the colour choice is yours. You can match or contrast with your homes outer décor or if it doesn’t matter, pick the colour you like the best.
I am almost sure that you will enjoy having this rain barrel as part of your garden tools. Not only will it ensure that you have fresh water for all your plants and planters, but it will help to cut down on the costs of watering from the hose. It will also give your plants water without all the chemicals, so your plants will be much happier. If you have a small pond or bird bath, filling that with rain water will also make the birds happy too!
Doing your part in keeping Mother Earth happy has never been so easy. Get one or two Rain Barrels and you will be on your way to making a much smaller footprint on the world. That is a win-win situation for everyone.
Rain Barrels should not be overlooked as a great addition to your garden where ever you live.