Tomato Hornworms Glowing in the Dark

hornworm under blacklight

I learned from another Master Gardener Volunteer that tomato and tobacco hornworms actually glow in the dark under blacklight. ¬†Armed with this knowledge and a cheap blacklight from Amazon, I took a little trip out to the veggie garden this evening for a most gruesome task… dispatching the hornworms munching on […]

A Wren and Her Babies Claim the Marigolds

I can’t plant my marigolds or yarrow. I’m only a little upset about that as I watch my lovingly seeded and nurtured marigolds outgrow their tiny cell packs. Even when I can plant them, I’m not sure how many I’ll get.

marigolds achillea

Why? A bird (wren, I assume) decided to build her […]

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly Leaves Cocoon- Wordless Wednesday

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly Emerges From Coccon

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

Wasp on the Hummingbird Feeder

It’s time to refill the feeder, but this little wasp hasn’t figured that out. This shows why I love this feeder, though — only the hummers can reach the nectar!

can’t…quite…reach…

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

Ruby Throated Hummingbirds in Shenandoah

The mimosa trees are blooming in the Shenandoah Valley, and on our little farm, that means it’s time for the hummingbirds to mimosa themselves silly! The “feathery” leaves and sweetly scented pompoms of the tree are virtually vibrating from tiny little ruby-throated hummingbird wings. Even when you can’t see them, you can hear them as […]