Spring Fever @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

 

Spring Fever

Spring Fever @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

According to Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary~a listless, lazy, or restless feeling commonly associated with the beginning of Spring.

As we change over from our Winter Diets of carbohydrates and fats, to our Summer Diets, vitamins and protein, our body needs time to adjust. Therefore producing “Spring Fever.” Symptoms can include sleepiness, irritability, and even dizziness…

And there is Science behind it…Hormones, of course. Darkness causes the production of Melatonin, the sleep hormone. Serotonin, the happy hormone, needs light, and our reserves become low by Winters end…

February is the month I start looking for signs of Spring. While most people are looking for Robins, my attention goes to the Mergansers on the creek down at Ninth Avenue. The first sighting brings me great joy…

Merganser-americanus- Magic Touch And Her GardensMerganser_americanus

Mid-March to Mid-April can be rougher on some more than others. As Gardeners, we NEED to be in the dirt! An early Spring Garden helps….

Blood root @ Magic Touch & Her GardensBloodroot is one of my first plants to bloom…

Flowering Almond @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

The Flowering Almond in my Garden surely provides me something to look forward to..

Red-eared Sliders,Trachemys s. elegans @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Red-eared Sliders, Trachemys s. elegans

Seeing the turtles come up to the surface, denotes the end of their Winter slumber.Another sign of  Spring in my Garden

Cyclamen in Bloom @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

And while I continue to wait for Spring to arrive outside, I will be enjoying the color inside.

Thankx for allowing me to share…Happy Almost Spring!

Spring-Fever-The Garden Charmers

10 Ways To Catch Spring Fever With The Garden Charmers

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Magic Touch & Her Fennel

Magic Touch & Her Fennel

Fennel is by far my Favorite Herb to grow in my Garden….Magic Touch & Her Gardens, Fenneland it is not because I use it for cooking. I plant it to grow Butterflies…Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Black Swallowtail, Magic Touch & Her GardensBlack Swallowtail, male

Growing Butterflies became a hobby of mine when my son was just a little guy.

If you have Fennel or Parsley in your garden,  you have more than likely discovered caterpillars on your plants. And at first you did all you could to get rid of them…

Not so fast…Not only is there beauty in the caterpillar…

Blk Swallowtail Caterpillar Magic Touch & Her GardensThe process is pretty amazing

Black Swallowtail Egg Magic Touch & Her GardensPlant Fennel and they will come…

Perspective Magic Touch & Her GardensThis image is to give you perspective…

You need to look really close to see the eggs and the newly hatched caterpillars.

Blk Swallowtail Instars, Magic Touch & Her GardensCaterpillars have 5 instars, this image shows the first and second instar.

Between Instars, Blk Swallowtail, Magic Touch & Her GardensHere you see the caterpillar climbing out of its skin. This is the process between instars. The skin then becomes a meal to provide nourishment for the growing caterpillar.

Caterpillar Magic Touch & Her GardensThird inster

4th instar Blk Swallowtail Magic Touch & Her GardensForth instar, it now has its color…

Caterpillar & Penny Magic Touch & Her GardensHere you can see the third & fifth instars…Look at the size difference…

Blk Swallowtail attached by a Thread Magic Touch & Her GardensAfter the caterpillar has finished eating it will climb a branch and attach itself by a thread. Overnight it will shed its skin one last time and reveal its Chrysalis…

Green Chrysalis Magic Touch & Her GardensThis Chrysalis is green, most are brown…

Magic Touch & Her Gardens, Blk SwallowtailThe difference in color is actually determined by the branch the caterpillar climbs, or in this case, basket. Smooth branches is read as new growth, or  green, and rough branches are read as old,or brown. Nature’s way of providing the caterpillar camouflage…

And now for the reveal…

Magic Touch & Her Gardens, Blk Swallowtail.When a butterfly first emerges from its chrysalis it is very wet. It spends hours pumping its wings to dry them, and it unfurls its proboscis,drinking straw,before it is ready to take flight….

Magic Touch & Her Gardens, Blk Swallowtail..

Black Swallowtail, female

Fennel isn't just for cooking Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Cabin Fever @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Snowflakes are falling @Magic Touch & Her Gardens

As I write this post, we are having a Winter from Hell! Pretty much across the entire Country. We have experienced two Polar Vortexes to date, and too many snow storms, I have lost count. Cabin Fever is taking it’s hold on too many of us. Especially those still without power…

National Weather Service, Polar Vortex. Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Florida got Snow!

http-::kioa.com:maxwell-pam-and-heather:snowbird-talks-florida-snow:Photo credit: KIOA 93.3

Montgomery County, PA was hard hit with an Ice Storm on Tuesday night, February 4th which knocked out power to 650,000 homes. We still have areas not on. I was out for 24 hours and that was enough.

PP&L Power outagePP&L as well as PECO, Verizon & Comcast have been hard at work restoring downed lines and removing trees limbs from the overhead wires.

My Antidote: Lists, lists, and more lists.  I have an overwhelming  desire to get as much done as I can before it is Gardening time. I have been spending my time getting caught up with my Quilt orders, preparing my plan for this years Gardens, and making plans for my very first veggie garden…

But seriously, Cabin Fever to many is a feeling of being boxed in…There are great ways to help with that….We tend to suffer because of the lack of light during the Winter months, and our incredible desire to feel warmth…Let the Light in! Put on warm comfy clothes and move around…Make sure you get enough Omega 3s, and Vitamin D…

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Candle Gazing is something to consider…

The benefits are endless, and it can be done in the comfort of your very own cabin…

For the full article please visit In5D….

And in the meantime I will be marking things off my list, in preparation for a Wonderful Growing Season….Stay warm!