‘Bluebird’ smooth aster

 Another great plant group for the fall garden is the asters, and the best of these is ‘Bluebird’ smooth aster. I have many asters , and I’ve profiled them before, but Symphyotrichum laeve ‘Bluebird’ is my hands-down favorite and seems to be a favorite of bees, hoverflies, wasps, and butterflies too. This fantastic plant is such a beautiful clear…

Pink muhly grass in Oklahoma

Pink muhly grass is the big star this week in my Little Cedar Garden. My five plants have finally grown into their adult form. It’s been a long time coming–five or six years to get this kind of stand in the front bed. It now stops traffic on our rural road. We don’t get that much…

Raising Monarch caterpillars

I can’t remember when I started raising Monarch caterpillars. I’m thinking maybe five years ago, and I’m no expert, but I’ve learned a few things. First, raising Monarch caterpillars from egg to butterfly is a huge commitment of time, energy and milkweed. Second, If you want to save the Monarch butterfly, plant milkweed. And, don’t…

Caterpillar rescue

Late summer is butterfly season at Little Cedar. It’s also caterpillar rescue season. As you probably already know, Monarch butterflies are in trouble, and I believe it’s backyard and community gardeners who will eventually save the day. At least that’s what I tell myself as I bring Monarch eggs and tiny caterpillars indoors every day….