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Flowers With Wings over the Southwest

The cooler days of autumn herald the arrival of winged visitors to the skies the Southwest. Along with migratory birds are the beautiful butterflies. Many different species of butterflies! There are butterflies that migrate down into warmer valleys from cool mountain tops. Butterflies from northern climates, not just the monarchs, migrate southward, on their way to hibernation in the mountains of Mexico. And there are our local species as well. After the long days of summer, with ample monsoonal rains, there is now ample vegetation for … [Read More...]

Wildlife Garden

Sycamore Seed Dispersal Halted by Black-eyed Susan

What’s Hiding in the Garden?

"We must look for a long time before we can see". -- Henry David Thoreau What is hiding in your native area? Thoreau says we must look a long time before we can see. It is easy to walk through and around your native plants  but how closely do you look? There are times I do not saunter enough … [Read More...]

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Native Plants Beyond the Garden

I love having native plants in my garden. Every moment that I can do so finds me slipping into the garden to find a beautiful flower, a hummingbird sipping on cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), an insect collecting food or collecting prey, and to listen to the sweet song of birds. As much as I … [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...]

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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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Native Plants

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When a Tree Falls in the Schoolyard

We had only one shade tree at our suburban DC elementary school, a 50ish-year-old pin oak, and it was cut down over the summer without notice. After the shock and swearing wore off, I started thinking about how we could use what remained. Almost anything can be turned into a lesson, including a … [Read More...]

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...]

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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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

A "raft" of webworms float on the waters

The Worms Crawl In but Do They Swim?

This week I noticed that there was some webbing on a Baldcypress tree I planted a while back. At some point my property was likely home to many of these trees as is evident by decaying knees I see when the pond level gets low.  These majestic trees require wet conditions during part of the year so … [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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Calliandra_eriophylla_habit_J001

Flowers With Wings over the Southwest

The cooler days of autumn herald the arrival of winged visitors to the skies the Southwest. Along with migratory birds are the beautiful butterflies. Many different species of butterflies! There are butterflies that migrate down into warmer valleys from cool mountain tops. Butterflies from … [Read More...]

Sycamore Seed Dispersal Halted by Black-eyed Susan

What’s Hiding in the Garden?

"We must look for a long time before we can see". -- Henry David Thoreau What is hiding in your native area? Thoreau says we must look a long time before we can see. It is easy to walk through and around your native plants  but how closely do you look? There are times I do not saunter enough … [Read More...]

Sea oats 285

Native Plants Beyond the Garden

I love having native plants in my garden. Every moment that I can do so finds me slipping into the garden to find a beautiful flower, a hummingbird sipping on cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), an insect collecting food or collecting prey, and to listen to the sweet song of birds. As much as I … [Read More...]

pin oak

When a Tree Falls in the Schoolyard

We had only one shade tree at our suburban DC elementary school, a 50ish-year-old pin oak, and it was cut down over the summer without notice. After the shock and swearing wore off, I started thinking about how we could use what remained. Almost anything can be turned into a lesson, including a … [Read More...]

A "raft" of webworms float on the waters

The Worms Crawl In but Do They Swim?

This week I noticed that there was some webbing on a Baldcypress tree I planted a while back. At some point my property was likely home to many of these trees as is evident by decaying knees I see when the pond level gets low.  These majestic trees require wet conditions during part of the year so … [Read More...]

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...]