Hi, My name is Mel & I'm a wildlife photographer first and foremost but I also have a mushroom business (specialty mushrooms like oysters, lions mane etc.) I adore gardening with flowers and veggies alike but especially flowers. Taking good care of the pollinators is a happy feeling for me. I plant as many native plants as I possibly can and have even recently started raising caterpillars to give them a better chance of survival. I will help any critter and I never never never use pesticides or anything unnatural to control bugs or weeds. I would rather see my plants eaten by insects than to poison them or anything else that will most certainly harm them like the birds,amphibians, reptiles,fish and our furry wildlife friends. I live in Pennsylvania but I have lived all over the country from the tippy top of Maine to Glacier National Park in Montana down to Arizona and on the gulf coast of Florida. 12 states! So I have seen plenty of diversity when it comes to plants and wildlife and consider myself very lucky to have had those experiences. I pull all weeds by hand and it's a pain in the arse but I live by my word as a conscious gardener. Our property will soon be dubbed a certified pollinator habitat and I'm extremely excited about it. I have spent countless hours working in wind, snow, rain, burning hot days, freezing cold temps and sometimes even pleasant weather to get to this point. Things I love~ Hummingbirds, Native anything, Dogs and cats, Frogs, Sun warmed tomatoes, Coffee & tea especially tea Golden oyster mushrooms, Bird watching, Cool fall days.
Things I don't love~ Invasive plants, Irresponsible gardeners, Ticks, hunting, Drivers who speed and tailgate (the worst!) We are all trying to get somewhere (no one driver is more important than the next driver) let's try not to kill each other and the animals trying to cross that unfortunately must also get somewhere. It's not their fault we have such an asphalt obsession!
Well that's about it about me for now 😂
I am glad to be here ❤️
Oh I don't use Twitter or FB so you can find me on Instagram as @mmurphs if you are so inclined to look. I post Images from my photography. Drop by and say hello! I love new friends that share common interests! And even some that I don't :D