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Male Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthemis ferruginea) are probably the most eyecatching of Odonata

A Dozen Dragonflies

This time of year it is always a playground of critters at my place. Especially noticeable in recent weeks is the return of the numerous species of dragonflies that grace my place. Having a pond is key to encouraging reproducing Odonata. Don’t have room for a pond? As long as there is a similar water source in the neighborhood, you can build a habitat to encourage the adults to come hang around at your place. Leaving some taller, dried debris is a great way to keep them around. Dragonflies like to land on dried materials, be it … [Read More...]

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Twinleaf

  A very early wildflower, Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla, is native to eastern North America. It is a plant that I must remind myself to hunt for, well before I'm used to finding wildflowers blooming. Here in the mountains of central Virginia, that crucial time is late March into early … [Read More...]

red trillium

Trilliums

There is not much more thrilling than hiking through the woods and finding a patch of native wildflowers. Some are minuscule, not of bright color, others can knock your socks off. Trilliums fill the bill for knocking my socks off! In the picture above, you see White Trillium, Trillium … [Read More...]

Lonicera sempervirens

Help for Hummers

Putting up a hummingbird feeder is a fun way to bring hummingbirds close to a viewing space like a window. Like other types of bird feeders, it is often the first step in developing a love of our feathered friends and a desire to nurture them. So once you’ve taken the first step, I’d encourage you … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

four healthy eastern bluebirds

Bird Population Soaring

Spring 2015 is once again proving to be a banner year for bird broods in my beautiful wildlife garden.  Bluebird brood #2 has successfully hatched and 4 healthy mockingbird babies located in a holly shrub not 15 feet away joined them this past week.  It is dizzying watching the two sets of parents … [Read More...]

The solo one from above that was leaning on the wall.

Skink Wars and More on These Sleek Lizards

I was on the patio late one afternoon and the trashcan was rocking.  I glanced over since you never know what creature of nature will be visiting my place.  I figured that maybe a black racer or water snake had slithered underneath the wheels setting the rocking in motion. Then I heard … [Read More...]

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Downy Woodpeckers

A welcome visitor to my garden, throughout the entire year: the Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens. They are small woodpeckers. In fact, they are the smallest woodpecker native to North America. The Downy is generally about 6 3/4 inches long. The picture, above, is a female. She is dressed … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

Monarda fistulosa

Monarda Madness

The first Monarda blooms of 2015 opened up this week, kicking off a series of great blooms from now until late summer.  Every year I learn to appreciate this genus of native flowers so much more until I feel that I might just be on the edge of monarda madness because last year I actually bought two … [Read More...]

acer rubrum

Maplicious

For most of the year the red maple (Acer rubrum) is an overlooked and underappreciated tree. It is native throughout the eastern US, from the South to the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. It hops right over the Mississippi River and sashays down into eastern Texas. Such a ubiquitous plant is bound to be … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

Olive colored female on Florida Native Plant Southern Bayberry; Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera)

Ladies of the Day

Notwithstanding their common name, I’ll start by clarifying that they aren’t all ladies.  After all, in North America the order odonata need male and female to reproduce. I'm not clear how these insects acquired their common name.  Damselflies are an interesting group of insects. Predatory in both … [Read More...]

Nectar sources such as Bidens alba are great to attract adult butterflies such as this Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Butterflies are Free

Planting beautiful and aromatic nectar sources is an easy way to attract adult pollinators. A flower garden will really draw them in. And everyone enjoys the beautiful colors of the flowers and the butterflies and bees that land. But, it is equally important to provide for the next … [Read More...]

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Most Recent

Male Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthemis ferruginea) are probably the most eyecatching of Odonata

A Dozen Dragonflies

This time of year it is always a playground of critters at my place. Especially noticeable in recent weeks is the return of the numerous species of dragonflies that grace my place. Having a pond is key to encouraging reproducing Odonata. Don’t have room for a pond? As long as there is a … [Read More...]

four healthy eastern bluebirds

Bird Population Soaring

Spring 2015 is once again proving to be a banner year for bird broods in my beautiful wildlife garden.  Bluebird brood #2 has successfully hatched and 4 healthy mockingbird babies located in a holly shrub not 15 feet away joined them this past week.  It is dizzying watching the two sets of parents … [Read More...]

Monarda fistulosa

Monarda Madness

The first Monarda blooms of 2015 opened up this week, kicking off a series of great blooms from now until late summer.  Every year I learn to appreciate this genus of native flowers so much more until I feel that I might just be on the edge of monarda madness because last year I actually bought two … [Read More...]

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Twinleaf

  A very early wildflower, Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla, is native to eastern North America. It is a plant that I must remind myself to hunt for, well before I'm used to finding wildflowers blooming. Here in the mountains of central Virginia, that crucial time is late March into early … [Read More...]

red trillium

Trilliums

There is not much more thrilling than hiking through the woods and finding a patch of native wildflowers. Some are minuscule, not of bright color, others can knock your socks off. Trilliums fill the bill for knocking my socks off! In the picture above, you see White Trillium, Trillium … [Read More...]

Lonicera sempervirens

Help for Hummers

Putting up a hummingbird feeder is a fun way to bring hummingbirds close to a viewing space like a window. Like other types of bird feeders, it is often the first step in developing a love of our feathered friends and a desire to nurture them. So once you’ve taken the first step, I’d encourage you … [Read More...]

Olive colored female on Florida Native Plant Southern Bayberry; Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera)

Ladies of the Day

Notwithstanding their common name, I’ll start by clarifying that they aren’t all ladies.  After all, in North America the order odonata need male and female to reproduce. I'm not clear how these insects acquired their common name.  Damselflies are an interesting group of insects. Predatory in both … [Read More...]

The solo one from above that was leaning on the wall.

Skink Wars and More on These Sleek Lizards

I was on the patio late one afternoon and the trashcan was rocking.  I glanced over since you never know what creature of nature will be visiting my place.  I figured that maybe a black racer or water snake had slithered underneath the wheels setting the rocking in motion. Then I heard … [Read More...]

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Spring Garden Care

  Spring Garden CarePeople who care about attracting wildlife to their gardens usually learn over time about best practices for fall cleanup and especially the fact that it's really beneficial for our birds if we refrain from relentlessly cutting perennials to the ground before … [Read More...]