Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Surprise Visitor

The earliest butterflies of the season are typically brown- or black-winged–such as the Mourning Cloak or Red Admiral–since their darker colors absorb sunlight, keeping them warm on those cool but sunny spring days. Although the Spicebush Swallowtail (Popilio troilus) is … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month: Centaurea montana ‘Amethyst Dream’

For northern gardeners, the spring garden relies heavily on flowering shrubs, bulbs and shade perennials. So it’s a joy to find an early blooming, sun-loving perennial. Centaurea montana ‘Amethyst Dream’  (Mountain Bluet or Perennial Bachelor’s Button) begins blooming at the same … Continue reading

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