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The Best Way Ever to Deal with Yellow Jackets: A Serendipity Gardens Story

August 20, 2014 by Jo Ellen Roe

A Problem Revealed

While working at my desk a week or so ago, I noticed lots of activity near the sidewalk. Small creatures of some sort were flying up and down and in circles, over and over again. They reminded me of popcorn kernals flying in a popcorn machine.

I went outside to investigate. There, dug in below a Bath’s Cheddar pink dianthus that normally serves as a ground cover, was a hole about six inches in diameter. The flying creatures appeared to be bees of some kind, and they were as busy and … Read More

Six Cheap, Easy Things You Can Do to Help the Bees — Including How to Build a Bee Hotel

August 11, 2014 by Jo Ellen Roe

Keeping the Bees

The plight of the bees and other pollinators is frightening! Without bees, some say, humans would also cease to exist. A more likely scenario is that humans would live in a much less colorful and tasty world.

I read a book recently titled Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Them. It’s a great read, one I highly recommend. You will  learn a lot about what is causing the bees’ distress and how much poorer our world would be without bees. You will also learn interesting facts about bee sex, bee predators, and more. It’s all astonishing and fascinating … Read More

The Frogs of Serendipity Gardens

August 4, 2014 by Jo Ellen Roe

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Frogs Add Personality to Serendipity Gardens

A friend was visiting Serendipity Gardens last week, and he took several photos of the frogs. The photos  are, in my opinion, fabulous, as are their subjects. This first photo  is my favorite. It seems to depict the essence of frog: still, yet alert, with a Yoda-like smile.

Frogs play an important role in Serendipity Gardens. They came on their own when we built our pond several years ago. I think female frogs had likely laid eggs on some of the water plants we … Read More

From Serendipity Gardens: Three Ways to Call the Creatures and Three Reasons Why You Should

July 28, 2014 by Jo Ellen Roe

The creatures — beneficial bugs, butterflies, bees, and birds, plus a few others — add personality and fun to your garden. In addition, of course, the work they do helps make the garden a success. Serendipity Gardens blog focuses on how to make your garden more wildlife friendly. From the last quarter, here are four most-read posts that tell you how and why. Click on the titles to read the original posts:

Serendipity Garden’s New Spiral Herb Garden

This post documents the process we went through to create a spiral herb garden. Nothing much in … Read More

Building a Front Yard Garden at Serendipity Gardens – One Year at a Time

July 21, 2014 by Jo Ellen Roe

Front yard beauty

Most of Serendipity Gardens lies within the back fence, behind a gate that sports a frog sign saying “Welcome to My Garden.” The front yard, however, is what a visitor to the garden first sees. Over time, I am pleased to say, it has melded together into a pretty sight. Time is the key word here, though, because I have been working on this vista for at least six years. Here is the story of the front yard.

When we moved into this house, 12 years ago now, the front yard consisted of two forsythia shrubs, a Korean … Read More

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