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You need to get beyond the beauty of a flower and realize the effect on the environment as a whole Caesarweed
(Urena lobata) Non-native Invasive in Florida

National Invasive Species Awareness

It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015.  Somehow the memo that came to my neck of the woods didn’t highlight the “AWARENESS” keyword in the promotional name.  As a result, it seems the invasive species around here thought it was an invitation to move in and celebrate…like Mardi Gras.  HARUMMPH!!!! Early in the week the Cuban Treefrogs (Osteopilus septentrionalis) (CTFs) reared their ugly (albeit cute) heads.  In all of 2014 I did not photograph a single native treefrog whereas in past years I had dozens.  The slimy CTFs have … [Read More...]

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Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

Beautiful patterns, holes in tree bark, looking like a sort of Morse Code, is not the work of Martians leaving us a message, or wood boring insects. These holes are the work of a brightly colored, medium sized woodpecker, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius. The photo, above, is a … [Read More...]

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Dreaming of Spring

  I think it's safe to say that those of us who do not live in Florida are sick and tired of shoveling snow this winter. I for one am dreaming of Spring in a big way! So I was looking through some of my photos from years gone by and thought I would share some of the things that I look … [Read More...]

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Bluebirds Staking Claim

It’s a brisk day here in Central Florida with record lows hovering around the freezing mark.  The birds are in full flurry, tanking up on the various berries and fruits that are available for winter dining in my native plant garden. I was pleased to see the Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Gardening for the Birds in the Desert

What do desert birds need? Same as every living thing on earth needs, food, water and a place to live. So after you put in a bird bath for the drinking water what can you do to attract birds to the garden? Bird feeders are one easy answer, but you often see a number of “city” birds at such an … [Read More...]

Well, well, well, who do we have here?

In the Garden, the Eagle has Landed

As I looked up to the sky, the vultures were flying overhead in full force.  I suspect the remains of some dropped prey may have been in the 3-acre lot across the street.  Vultures in my neighborhood are a routine affair. I live within a mile (as the crow flies) of a wildlife management area and a … [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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Native Plants

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Beer and Butterflies, Hops and Commas

This is the time of year I think most of us gardening folk are itching to get back out there tending to our plants and critters.  I've been taking inventory of my seeds, shopping around for new bee boxes and bird houses and mentally designing new flower beds.  Since my brother and I spend so much of … [Read More...]

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Resolving to Grow Native Plants in 2015

On the 4th of July this year, my husband and I built our first greenhouse. I've been working as an ecology driven landscaper for 10 years, and sourcing the native plants I want to use for my designs has always been somewhat of an obstacle. Most garden centers don't grow many native plants, and the … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

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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...]

Monarch Nectars on Willows, Santa Monica Mtns, CA photo by Kathy Vilim

Monarchs for President’s Day

The long President’s Day weekend, 2015 found me camping at a favorite spot in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains, Leo Carrillo State Beach. This campground at the far north end of Malibu includes its own private beach, a pristine cove on the Pacific Ocean.  To the east of CA’s Route 1 … [Read More...]

A beetle and bee share this Spiraea latifolia

True Partners

Valentine’s Day is almost here and sweethearts are planning to get cards, candy and flowers for their true love.  In nature there are partnerships that go beyond affection and I am reminded of it every spring. One such partnership is that between flowers and insects. From the moment that first … [Read More...]

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You need to get beyond the beauty of a flower and realize the effect on the environment as a whole Caesarweed
(Urena lobata) Non-native Invasive in Florida

National Invasive Species Awareness

It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015.  Somehow the memo that came to my neck of the woods didn’t highlight the “AWARENESS” keyword in the promotional name.  As a result, it seems the invasive species around here thought it was an invitation to move in and celebrate…like Mardi Gras.  … [Read More...]

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Invasives and Nuance

Invasives and NuanceI've had a long and complicated relationship with Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and we finally broke up for good this year. The opening photo shows C. perfoliatum's cousin, Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum). It's Invasive Species Awareness Week, so I thought maybe it's a … [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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Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

Beautiful patterns, holes in tree bark, looking like a sort of Morse Code, is not the work of Martians leaving us a message, or wood boring insects. These holes are the work of a brightly colored, medium sized woodpecker, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius. The photo, above, is a … [Read More...]

blood root

Dreaming of Spring

  I think it's safe to say that those of us who do not live in Florida are sick and tired of shoveling snow this winter. I for one am dreaming of Spring in a big way! So I was looking through some of my photos from years gone by and thought I would share some of the things that I look … [Read More...]

Monarch Nectars on Willows, Santa Monica Mtns, CA photo by Kathy Vilim

Monarchs for President’s Day

The long President’s Day weekend, 2015 found me camping at a favorite spot in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains, Leo Carrillo State Beach. This campground at the far north end of Malibu includes its own private beach, a pristine cove on the Pacific Ocean.  To the east of CA’s Route 1 … [Read More...]

bluebirdpairnestboxFeb2015

Bluebirds Staking Claim

It’s a brisk day here in Central Florida with record lows hovering around the freezing mark.  The birds are in full flurry, tanking up on the various berries and fruits that are available for winter dining in my native plant garden. I was pleased to see the Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) … [Read More...]

unswept floors IMG_3037

Gardening for the Birds in the Desert

What do desert birds need? Same as every living thing on earth needs, food, water and a place to live. So after you put in a bird bath for the drinking water what can you do to attract birds to the garden? Bird feeders are one easy answer, but you often see a number of “city” birds at such an … [Read More...]

Well, well, well, who do we have here?

In the Garden, the Eagle has Landed

As I looked up to the sky, the vultures were flying overhead in full force.  I suspect the remains of some dropped prey may have been in the 3-acre lot across the street.  Vultures in my neighborhood are a routine affair. I live within a mile (as the crow flies) of a wildlife management area and a … [Read More...]

A beetle and bee share this Spiraea latifolia

True Partners

Valentine’s Day is almost here and sweethearts are planning to get cards, candy and flowers for their true love.  In nature there are partnerships that go beyond affection and I am reminded of it every spring. One such partnership is that between flowers and insects. From the moment that first … [Read More...]