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Leucothoe axillaris

Native Shrubs for Small Gardens

For those with small wildlife gardens, gardening with native plants has always been a challenge. Natives tend to be not just large size but absolutely huge. Fortunately the nursery industry is responding to the growing demand for wildlife friendly native plants for the small space garden. Plant breeders have come out with some outstanding dwarf and compact shrubs that allow a larger range of people to create a native garden and still conserve space and resources. There are a variety of shrubs available which make attractive foundation plantings … [Read More...]

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Cardinal Flower

  Hummingbirds love it. So do I. If it was a Corvette Stingray, the color would be called "Victory Red." It is a blazing, brilliant, red, not often seen in a native plant. In the picture above, you see a sweat bee, using a leaf as a resting spot on the Cardinal Flower's, Lobelia cardinalis, … [Read More...]

Question Mark butterfly

Raising Question Mark butterflies

Question Mark butterflies can be elusive if you don't know how to attract them to your beautiful wildlife garden. They are drawn more to sap runs (often created by woodpeckers) and rotting fruit than the flowers in your yard. If you have a plum or cherry tree you may see these and other butterflies … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

Closeup of a complete Glass Lizard from November 2010

Wildlife Deception as a Defense

Tanner, the English Setter was headed out for his afternoon stroll of the yard.  I saw something over behind a tall cluster of Bidens alba and it seemed to be thrashing.  Tanner zoomed on over and flushed out a Red-Shouldered Hawk.  The hawk flew off with its feathers somewhat ruffled in the quick … [Read More...]

Great Blue Heron in tree at Trap Pond State Park

Baldcypress Ecosystem

Birding in Delaware at Trap Pond State Park, a baldcypress ecosystem. After a wonderful trip aboard the Mummichog II for the Cape Water Taxi Ecotour to explore the ecosystem of the Indian River Bay in southeastern Delaware, today we headed to southwestern Delaware to explore a fresh water … [Read More...]

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Collateral Damage

Things have to eat to survive. When plants are eaten, they don’t always look as good as before they were eaten. Think of a head of leaf lettuce growing in your garden. It is so beautiful there - wavy leaf margins and a blush of burgundy at the tips - until you lop it off to harvest it for your … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

Dudleya pulverulenta (Chalk Liveforever) Photo by Las Pilitas Nursery

Succulents for Pollinators

Many native cacti & succulents are beneficial to pollinators.  Previously, I have written about choices for the So Cal wildlife garden that are both native & drought tolerant.  I have written about plants that stay green in the summer with little to no water. There is yet another way that So … [Read More...]

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Desert Lavender for Desert Butterflies

Plant lesert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi) for butterflies in arid southwestern wildlife gardens The desert lavender (Hyptis emoryi) gets its name from the strong lavender-like fragrance of leaves and flowers and/or the color of the clusters of tiny, lavender-colored flowers. Both leaves and flowers … [Read More...]

Chair for Solace in My Native Garden

Finding Solace in the Native Garden

  In preparing for this post--my first one-- I contemplated my topic. What kept coming back to me was to share my recent personal experience. The experience was a reminder to allow time to enjoy my passions and my garden and to find solace in my native garden. I have been a naturalist … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

Wait, those antenna look threadlike and there are no knobs

Garden Duplicity

When I’m walking around my beautiful wildlife garden, I’m always on the alert for something that just seems out of place.  In the process, I’m often rewarded with some pretty interesting encounters. Recently I was finishing up the morning tour of the dog area when my eye was drawn to the Bidens … [Read More...]

Just look at those BIG green eyes

Just in Time for National Moth Week

The third annual National Moth Week is winding down.  This year it started last Saturday July 19 and runs through this coming Sunday, July 27, 2014.  The inaugural celebration was back in 2012 and I highlighted some of my favorite moths at the time in my weekly article. Moths serve as food … [Read More...]

Male-and-Female-El-Segundo-Blue-Sterba, Photo credit: Don Sterda and Friends of Ballona Wetlands

Buckwheat and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly

Nothing warms my heart quite like hearing the happy news that butterflies are flourishing~ somewhere.  Rarely do we get good news about our winged friends lately.  But this story is one of hope and promise! The El Segundo Blue (Euphilotes battoides allyni) is a pretty light blue butterfly that is … [Read More...]

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Most Recent

Leucothoe axillaris

Native Shrubs for Small Gardens

For those with small wildlife gardens, gardening with native plants has always been a challenge. Natives tend to be not just large size but absolutely huge. Fortunately the nursery industry is responding to the growing demand for wildlife friendly native plants for the small space garden. Plant … [Read More...]

Closeup of a complete Glass Lizard from November 2010

Wildlife Deception as a Defense

Tanner, the English Setter was headed out for his afternoon stroll of the yard.  I saw something over behind a tall cluster of Bidens alba and it seemed to be thrashing.  Tanner zoomed on over and flushed out a Red-Shouldered Hawk.  The hawk flew off with its feathers somewhat ruffled in the quick … [Read More...]

Great Blue Heron in tree at Trap Pond State Park

Baldcypress Ecosystem

Birding in Delaware at Trap Pond State Park, a baldcypress ecosystem. After a wonderful trip aboard the Mummichog II for the Cape Water Taxi Ecotour to explore the ecosystem of the Indian River Bay in southeastern Delaware, today we headed to southwestern Delaware to explore a fresh water … [Read More...]

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Cardinal Flower

  Hummingbirds love it. So do I. If it was a Corvette Stingray, the color would be called "Victory Red." It is a blazing, brilliant, red, not often seen in a native plant. In the picture above, you see a sweat bee, using a leaf as a resting spot on the Cardinal Flower's, Lobelia cardinalis, … [Read More...]

Question Mark butterfly

Raising Question Mark butterflies

Question Mark butterflies can be elusive if you don't know how to attract them to your beautiful wildlife garden. They are drawn more to sap runs (often created by woodpeckers) and rotting fruit than the flowers in your yard. If you have a plum or cherry tree you may see these and other butterflies … [Read More...]

Wait, those antenna look threadlike and there are no knobs

Garden Duplicity

When I’m walking around my beautiful wildlife garden, I’m always on the alert for something that just seems out of place.  In the process, I’m often rewarded with some pretty interesting encounters. Recently I was finishing up the morning tour of the dog area when my eye was drawn to the Bidens … [Read More...]

Dudleya pulverulenta (Chalk Liveforever) Photo by Las Pilitas Nursery

Succulents for Pollinators

Many native cacti & succulents are beneficial to pollinators.  Previously, I have written about choices for the So Cal wildlife garden that are both native & drought tolerant.  I have written about plants that stay green in the summer with little to no water. There is yet another way that So … [Read More...]

lepid wrights metalmark Calephelis_wrightii

Desert Lavender for Desert Butterflies

Plant lesert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi) for butterflies in arid southwestern wildlife gardens The desert lavender (Hyptis emoryi) gets its name from the strong lavender-like fragrance of leaves and flowers and/or the color of the clusters of tiny, lavender-colored flowers. Both leaves and flowers … [Read More...]