April 27, 2014 – First Tiger Swallowtail

Day 117 – April 27, 2014 – Sunday

• Sunny until late afternoon when it got cloudy. Windy.

Ground Conditions
• moist to wet, but some of the flower beds are getting a bit dry

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 69.8 F (5:20 pm)
• Low : 46.2 F (7:10 am)

Temperature – official from TV, in degrees Fahrenheit
• High: 69
• Low : 40

• High: 63 % RH
• Low : 40 % RH

Gardening and Yard Work
• put out two hummingbird feeders – hung one on the short thin hook (which I moved from under the dogwood tree to replace the straight pipe which I had taken out a while back) in the patio garden where it has always been, and the other one I put on the straight pipe in the Hummingbird Garden (where it was last year)
• mowed the lawn

• the redbud and cherry trees are not flowering as well this year – they definitely have fewer flowers this year
• I’ve only seen two dandelions in the yard this year; one just inside my butterfly garden and one on the hill just past the grass, and I dug both of them out today

• cabbage white
• Tiger Swallowtail – first one I’ve seen this year
• sulphur

• robins
• european starling
• black-capped chickadees – 2
• woodpecker – downy
• cardinal – male, female
• ducks – the usual pair – and then another male showed up and there was a fight
• smalls
• dove

Other Animals
• squirrel

Sunny, Warm, Gardening

October 10, 2010

Photo of Ash Tree showing fall colors

Ash Tree showing fall colors


  • High: 83.3 F (4:21 PM)
  • Low: 58.1 F (8:02 AM)
  • Humidity: 39%, 38%
  • Sunny, nice, warm.


  • Black-capped Chickadee (1)
  • Cardinals (too dark to see how many or which ones)
  • Crow(s) (didn’t see them, but heard them)


  • Silver-spotted Skipper (1) – on patio side of house
  • Cabbage Whites (2 or 3) – 2 on Aster, 1 on patio side of house
  • Sulphur (1) – on Aster
  • Tinies (2) – on Aster

Other Animals:

  • Bees (lots of bees on the Aster)


  • Ash Tree – Has turned color and has lost quite a few leaves. The colors may not be quite as bright as some years because it has been (and still is) so dry. Photo (see below).
  • Boneset - See Yardwork below

Yardwork: Spread some grass seed on parts of the lawn. Spread some organic fertilizer on parts of the lawn. Then I used the leaf blower on reverse to vacuum up and turn the leaves into mulch. And then I pulled up a bunch of Boneset plants from my photo bed – they are coming up all over the place!

Sunny, Warmer, Rufous-sided Towhee

October 6, 2010

Photo of a Bee on an Aster flower

Bee on an Aster flower


  • High: 70.1 F (5:32 PM))
  • Low: 48.0 F (8:05 AM)
  • Sunny, warmer, breezy.


  • Cardinals – (4) Parents and 2 young – The young female was the first one I saw; she came down to the feeder before I put any seed out.
  • Black-capped Chickadees (4)
  • Rufous-sided Towhee (1) I didn’t recognize this bird, so I looked it up and found out what it was. I don’ remember ever seeing one before. It was in and around the patio bed (including on the patio) and came to the feeder a couple of times.


  • Cabbage White (1)
  • Sulphur (1)
  • Tiny (1)
  • Note: All the butterflies were on the Aster which is in full bloom and in full sun.

Other Animals:

  • Bees – (photo, see above) There were a lot of them on the Aster which is in full bloom and in full sun. Most of them were the small ones that I think are honey bees.


  • Aster – in full bloom (photo, see above)
  • Dogwood tree – really turning color
  • Joe Pye – still blooming (it may still be in full bloom)
  • Verbena – still blooming
  • Snap-dragon – I thought it was finally finished blooming, but I think there may still be one flower left. This plant has done well and hopefully a patch of them will grow up from it’s seeds.