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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 grandiflorum, about to bloom in one of my gardens. I've been growing Trilliums for just a few years now and find them to be happy plants, with no great demands. I suppose growing Trillium is a no-brainer for my situation. I want to have mainly native … [Read More...]

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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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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...]

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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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Birds and Other Wildlife

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...]

Lots of mouths to feed

Bluebird Babies Shepherd in Spring 2015

Big doings at my Central Florida home today.  First day of spring and what could be more rewarding than having the first brood of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) hatch?  NOTHING! I saw mom and dad doing a bit of back and fourth to the nest box early this morning. Such activity is a sure … [Read More...]

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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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Native Plants

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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Hackberry

Here on Snow Mountain, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I see quite a few hackberry trees, Celtis occidentalis. Most are trees with circumferences of 5 inches or smaller, trees that have not been around long. Their small size may be, in part, because the forest up here is a young forest. … [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...]

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Where Do Spiders Go in Winter

Do spiders hibernate in winter? Do spiders come inside your house in winter? Where do spiders go in winter? These are questions I'm frequently asked by our readers and also from audiences at conferences and workshops as I travel to speak about Ecosystem Gardening around the country. So lets … [Read More...]

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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...]

IMG_3819.JPG

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...]

1

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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Spring has sprung at Cincinnati Nature Center

My family spent the day hiking the trails at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio this past Saturday.  It was a beautiful, perfect day to get some fresh air and snap photos of all the new life popping up in the woods and at the ponds. The amphibians have already been busy laying masses … [Read More...]

Lots of mouths to feed

Bluebird Babies Shepherd in Spring 2015

Big doings at my Central Florida home today.  First day of spring and what could be more rewarding than having the first brood of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) hatch?  NOTHING! I saw mom and dad doing a bit of back and fourth to the nest box early this morning. Such activity is a sure … [Read More...]