Maine Windjammer

Take a cruise on a Maine Windjammer. (Photo courtesy of Maine Windjammer)

Travel writers' auction runs through Monday

  If you’ve ever dreamed of skiing or golfing at Boyne Highlands Resort near Harbor Springs, check out the annual auction of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Bidders are vying to score a discounted rate for a three-night getaway at this northern Michigan resort, among nearly three dozen other auction items. But you … Continue Reading →

Painted lady butterflies in abundance

Just about everyone knows what a monarch butterfly is and about its amazing migration to and from Mexico. But not nearly as many people have even heard of a painted lady butterfly; until this year that is. Reports of painted lady butterflies were all over the twittersphere last week. The most popular one I saw … Continue Reading →

The remarkable salvia flower

You can find some really amazing things in the garden if you know where to look. For example, look closely at a salvia flower and you will see something unique. Like most flowers, salvia produces nectar to lure pollinators such as wild bees, honeybees and others. And as usual, the pollinator ends up carrying pollen … Continue Reading →

Sweezeweed in the garden

We were sitting out on the porch earlier this week enjoying that summery weather.  One flower caught my eye, it was fresh and bright among the others that were either gone or fading fast. It was one we forgot that we had planted this spring it was sneezeweed. Sneezeweed, also referred to as Helenium  by … Continue Reading →