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Happy Holidays 2014

I’ve done Christmas theme posts in the past including "In the Wildlife Garden, Naughty or Nice?" (2011), "Revising the 12 Days of Christmas" (2012-NPWG),  "The Color of Christmas in the Garden" (2013), "A Berry Merry Christmas" (2010) to name some. In keeping with what has become a tradition of sorts, this year will be no different. Follow me through my garden and have a Merry Christmas 2014!   allicarpa americana (American Beautyberry) ypoxis juncea (Fringed Yellow Stargrass) ubus sp. … [Read More...]

Wildlife Garden

Soldier bug on Spiraea latifolia

Pest Free?

Pest free is a very desirable trait in plants according to the nursery trade. I watched a large cockroach race across my counter today and I certainly wanted to be pest free at that moment! Pest is just a derogatory term for bugs, of course, and I don't feel that all bugs are pests. Do we really … [Read More...]

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From the New York Botanical Garden

Recently I attended a symposium at the New York Botanical Garden called, The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities. I was especially curious to hear Emma Marris, author of The Rambunctious Garden speak, and I wasn't disappointed. I promised last month to write about the symposium's content. Honestly, … [Read More...]

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Virginia Pine

The holidays. They're here. They've got me thinking of pine trees, and pinecones. And I'm wishing for snow. I've had a tiny bit of snow already, but I'm ready for more. This is Virginia pine, Pinus virginiana. I live in a cabin, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in central Virginia. There are … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

Female Eastern Towhee

Is “Drink Your Tea” in Your Garden?

Male Towhee Look low and listen for the rustling of leaves! You will often wonder what animal might be coming your way, especially in the fall when fallen leaves blanket the ground. Be patient and you might see the beautifully marked Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) using its two-footed … [Read More...]

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Snuffleupagus: In the Garden Stuck on You

The great reptile hunter was at it again.  I saw my dog Chili lying in the grass, alert and stretching out her paw like she was batting at something.  And, of course, she was.  Meet Timmy the turtle (named after a pull toy I owned as a toddler…ahhhh memories!). Timmy is actually a three … [Read More...]

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Winter Citizen Science Projects

Winter is a fabulous time to participate in a wide variety of citizen science projects to help biologists and scientists gather data for conservation planning and further our knowledge of ecosystem health and population abundance of different types of wildlife. I'm working on building a … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

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Snapdragon Shrubs

Life in the Southwest is unique in many ways, and tops on the list are plants you don't find anywhere else on earth. One of these is a shrubby member of the snapdragon family, the Leucophyllum. Native to dry, calcareous areas of Chihuahuan Desert in the states of Texas USA and Chihuahua, Coahuila, … [Read More...]

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Witch Hazel

  The autumn bloomer. American witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana. Blooming to catch the last of the lovely purple asters. The asters have been blooming for many weeks now, adding an unexpected color to the color scheme of fall. Their bloom time overlaps, just a bit - but I'm getting … [Read More...]

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Native Plant Garden of Gold

We’ve cooled down some in Central Florida, although by Northeast or Midwest standards it still is steamy and hot.  Still, it is Florida Autumn and the garden is reflecting the standard fall colors everyone is so accustomed to. As the golden flowers unfold, the birds wait with anticipation for … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

Ahhh, you are in the jumping spider family (Salticidae)

Itzy and Bitzy…New Spiders for Me

The Groundsel Bushes (Baccharis spp.) a.k.a. Saltbush have been a-buzz.  By far the most visited of all shrubs in my Florida native plant garden this week.  Various wasps and ants and beetles have been mining the leaves for tasty morsels of the Groundselbush Beetle (Trirhabda bacharidis) larvae … [Read More...]

Certified Monarch Watch Waystation, Venice, California, Photo by Kathy Vilim

The Monarchs of Venice, California

The morning sun rose over the canals of Venice, California, its soft yellow color reflected in the water, as I stood watching the Monarchs, already up and about.  The pocket park they were visiting was still mostly in shade, so I didn’t expect to see the orange-winged beauties until hours later, … [Read More...]

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holiday2011

Happy Holidays 2014

I’ve done Christmas theme posts in the past including "In the Wildlife Garden, Naughty or Nice?" (2011), "Revising the 12 Days of Christmas" (2012-NPWG),  "The Color of Christmas in the Garden" (2013), "A Berry Merry Christmas" (2010) to name some. In keeping with what has become a tradition of … [Read More...]

Soldier bug on Spiraea latifolia

Pest Free?

Pest free is a very desirable trait in plants according to the nursery trade. I watched a large cockroach race across my counter today and I certainly wanted to be pest free at that moment! Pest is just a derogatory term for bugs, of course, and I don't feel that all bugs are pests. Do we really … [Read More...]

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Holiday Giving for Wildlife Gardeners

As we celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, put up our Christmas trees, bake delicious holiday goodies, and buy presents for our loved ones, I also like to give a little back to wildlife by working to create more wildlife habitats in our gardens and communities. There are many ways … [Read More...]

Female Eastern Towhee

Is “Drink Your Tea” in Your Garden?

Male Towhee Look low and listen for the rustling of leaves! You will often wonder what animal might be coming your way, especially in the fall when fallen leaves blanket the ground. Be patient and you might see the beautifully marked Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) using its two-footed … [Read More...]

a little creepy, but beneficial

Snuffleupagus: In the Garden Stuck on You

The great reptile hunter was at it again.  I saw my dog Chili lying in the grass, alert and stretching out her paw like she was batting at something.  And, of course, she was.  Meet Timmy the turtle (named after a pull toy I owned as a toddler…ahhhh memories!). Timmy is actually a three … [Read More...]

Ahhh, you are in the jumping spider family (Salticidae)

Itzy and Bitzy…New Spiders for Me

The Groundsel Bushes (Baccharis spp.) a.k.a. Saltbush have been a-buzz.  By far the most visited of all shrubs in my Florida native plant garden this week.  Various wasps and ants and beetles have been mining the leaves for tasty morsels of the Groundselbush Beetle (Trirhabda bacharidis) larvae … [Read More...]

IMG_4023.JPG

From the New York Botanical Garden

Recently I attended a symposium at the New York Botanical Garden called, The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities. I was especially curious to hear Emma Marris, author of The Rambunctious Garden speak, and I wasn't disappointed. I promised last month to write about the symposium's content. Honestly, … [Read More...]

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Virginia Pine

The holidays. They're here. They've got me thinking of pine trees, and pinecones. And I'm wishing for snow. I've had a tiny bit of snow already, but I'm ready for more. This is Virginia pine, Pinus virginiana. I live in a cabin, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in central Virginia. There are … [Read More...]

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Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend with their families. I found these photos in my archives and thought they would be perfect for the season.  I love to do "set-up" shots to highlight seasonal themes . . . colorful gourds being some of my favorite subjects.  My brother built an … [Read More...]

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Saturday Night Live Musical Guest in the Garden

I eyed a beefy looking katydid the other day, lounging on the leaf of a Redbay sapling (Persea sp.).  It was munching away probably trying to gain some nourishment to build up its strength.  This guy…and yes, it is a male…appeared to have done battle with a predator at some point. Antennas were … [Read More...]