Wildflower of the week: Dame’s Rocket

With the latin name of Hesperis matronalis, I saw dame’s rocket on my trip home to North Dakota. There it is sometimes called false lilac, both for its purple flowers and it’s surprising lilac-like scent. This “wildflower” was actually introduced to North America in the 17th century from Europe. It is considered an invasive weed … Continue reading

Beekeeping 4-1-1: My story

After reading Beekeeping 4-1-1 with Special Guest, Tim Peterson it got me thinking about my own honeybee encounters. I grew up in a Greek Revival house built in the 1830s, by a Scottish architect. The architect also built an identical house about a mile away that my grandparents now live in.  The two houses differ in the … Continue reading