Today we’re visiting with Maureen Budny in North Reading, Massachusetts.
I am an amateur photographer, and it’s really only been about a year now that I have taken up the hobby. I find it to be really peaceful and exciting because I just go about my day (mother to four kids: three in high school and one in college) taking pictures, and at the end of the day I sort through them to see what gems I have captured. Ninety percent of my photos come from my own yard. I have a dog who enjoys her outdoor time, so while I’m out walking her around the yard I just snap some shots.
As for gardening, I have always had a love for flowers. My mother always had planters and gardens, and I guess it just carried over to me. My husband has a hand in all the planting. We both love it, although he does most of the work.
A praying mantis out on the hunt.
An ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea, cool season annual) beginning to blush purple
Blue hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) flowers. The large outer flowers are sterile and serve to attract pollinators to the smaller, fertile, inner flowers.
A bumblebee stops for some nectar and pollen.
Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual). This North American native plant is always a great plant for wildlife, as the flowers feed a wide range of pollinators and birds adore the seeds.
Maureen’s favorite sort of garden, a water garden, with a hardy water lily (Nymphaea, Zones 6–9)
Hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus hybrid, Zones 5–9) in full bloom, with flowers the size of a hand
Lilies (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, Zones 4–9) blooming in Maureen’s garden
A honeybee visits the flowers of a butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii, Zones 5–9).
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