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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 dinner. You weren’t really thinking about how the plant would look after that, were you? Oak leaf abandoned by caterpillarsPlants eaten by caterpillars sometimes lose their good looks too. Caterpillars don’t go into the endeavor with the intention of … [Read More...]

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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...]

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The Wildlife Nursery

  Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, … [Read More...]

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Smooth Sumac

  Just a couple weeks ago, some of the bushes along my woodland edges were abuzz with pollinator activity. The flowers of Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra, were the magnet.   Butterflies, including this Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops, were part of the … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Tracking Down a Lonesome Dove

Boy, were husband Matt and I baffled when a friend sent us this picture of a bird nest on the ground, with chick and egg. "What is it?" he wanted to know. “Precocious young?” That was our first thought when seeing a feathered youngster next to an egg—that "precocial" youngster already had … [Read More...]

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Vital Velvet Mesquite II

  In this summer month when the mesquite pods begin to ripen, I have been discussing mesquite in a number of my blogs (see list at the end of this article). The naturally sweet seed pods of the native velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) are a valuable source of food for numerous desert … [Read More...]

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Whose Feeder Is This Anyway?

  “Small birds throw seeds out of the feeder; large birds pick them up off the ground, but the squirrels try to muscle in.” ― Lilian Jackson Braun         It has been a typical free-for-all in our wildlife garden this spring.  We had the battles for prime nesting … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

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The Good in Grapevines

I am sometimes dismayed by the rapid growth of my Muscadine grapevines (Vitis rotundifolia).  Then I spot a bird picking through them and I relax and am glad that I procrastinated on cutting back. Heck, this southeastern native vine can be cut back at any time. This past week I watched the … [Read More...]

Honey bees love honeyvine flowers.

Sweet as honeyvine

This "weed" is a host plant Honeyvine milkweed (Cynanchum laeve) is a vigorous, perennial trailing vine that is native to our eastern and central states.  Some people consider it to be a nuisance "weed", but I call it Monarch caterpillar food. Hardy hearts I like the honeyvine's … [Read More...]

Female Ceraunus Blue butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Yellow and Blue make Beauty in the Garden

When I see the bright yellow flowers of the Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista* fasciculata) I tend to think of Sulphur butterflies because it is a larval host for several members of the Sulphur butterfly family. The other day I was out enjoying the diversity of insect activity on the Partridge Pea … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

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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A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping

At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny's space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native … [Read More...]

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caterpillar amelanchier

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...]

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...]

DSCN9617

The Wildlife Nursery

  Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, … [Read More...]

cardinalgrapevineJuly2014

The Good in Grapevines

I am sometimes dismayed by the rapid growth of my Muscadine grapevines (Vitis rotundifolia).  Then I spot a bird picking through them and I relax and am glad that I procrastinated on cutting back. Heck, this southeastern native vine can be cut back at any time. This past week I watched the … [Read More...]

20140717-114250.jpg

A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping

At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny's space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native … [Read More...]

1

Smooth Sumac

  Just a couple weeks ago, some of the bushes along my woodland edges were abuzz with pollinator activity. The flowers of Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra, were the magnet.   Butterflies, including this Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops, were part of the … [Read More...]

Honey bees love honeyvine flowers.

Sweet as honeyvine

This "weed" is a host plant Honeyvine milkweed (Cynanchum laeve) is a vigorous, perennial trailing vine that is native to our eastern and central states.  Some people consider it to be a nuisance "weed", but I call it Monarch caterpillar food. Hardy hearts I like the honeyvine's … [Read More...]

Female Ceraunus Blue butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Yellow and Blue make Beauty in the Garden

When I see the bright yellow flowers of the Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista* fasciculata) I tend to think of Sulphur butterflies because it is a larval host for several members of the Sulphur butterfly family. The other day I was out enjoying the diversity of insect activity on the Partridge Pea … [Read More...]

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Tracking Down a Lonesome Dove

Boy, were husband Matt and I baffled when a friend sent us this picture of a bird nest on the ground, with chick and egg. "What is it?" he wanted to know. “Precocious young?” That was our first thought when seeing a feathered youngster next to an egg—that "precocial" youngster already had … [Read More...]