How I Got Started

I started Butterfly gardening many years ago. My yard has been a progression over the years, and has made many transformations. Twenty years ago I experienced Hurricane Andrew. My yard and house were destroyed. We decided not to replace the pool screening and open up the backyard and put in some landscaping. That was the official beginning of my love for gardening in South Florida. I added a beautiful water garden years ago, and have been adding host and larvae plants for pollinators, mostly for the butterfly, for as many years as I can remember. I had my yard certified as a Natural Habitat, through the National Wildlife Foundation. To have a natural habitat you need to provide and meet certain requirements: 1. Provide a food source, 2. Provide a water source, 3. Cover, 4. A place to raise young. I try not to use any pesticides in my yard. I vermicompost and recycle as many of my food scraps as possible. If I had more land I would have a huge compost bin to recycle all my yard cuttings. Basically, I try to lessen my carbon footprint on this earth. In my own little world or backyard I try to provide an ecosystem in my water garden, provide birdbaths, birdfeeders, hummingbird nectar sources, feeders, puddling areas, host plants and nectar plants for butterflies and other pollinators. I am hoping to raise everyone’s awareness of the importance of saving our Butterflies, Blooms & Bees. Without them our world and food source will be in trouble. I hope you all enjoy my journey. I am not a Master Gardener, or Master Beekeeper, an Entomologist, or Journalists. I am simply a Backyard Gardener who is trying to lessen her Carbon Footprint of this Earth.

I hope you enjoy my blogs.

Friday, September 28, 2012

iPhoneography Part 2

I participated in the second week of the iphoneography class. We downloaded several other applications for this week’s class, HDR+Camera, Camera+, Bracket Mode, True HDR, and Auto Painter. We again were able to use the garden as our artistic canvas and got to take pictures in the butterfly garden. What better place to take pictures but in the butterfly garden! I was present many years ago when the garden dedicated this garden, the” Lisa D. Anness Butterfly Garden” This garden showcases plants that attract and sustain butterflies throughout their lifecycle. I did take notice that throughout the garden Native Porterweed was planted almost like a groundcover with the larger or taller plants planted sporadically throughout. I think as I redo my garden I will consider the native porter weed as a ground cover.

We again chose one of our pictures to use different “apps” to artistically alter the photo. Here is the picture of one of the passion vines in the butterfly garden. Look how cool each picture turned out. I could almost imagine a progression of pictures on a wall showing the changes in each flower. I really enjoyed this class, but for the purpose of my blog, I decided learning basic photography would serve me better. Maybe Santa will get me a nice DSLR camera for Christmas. I have been a really good girl!

Here is the picture of the Passiflora.

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