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Peeking into the Wildlife Rehabilitator’s World

When I first read Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt I remember being absolutely transported to another place as I tried to picture a day in the life of a wildlife rehabilitator, like Ms. Haupt herself. When I learned that my husband's bandmate's new love interest was also a wildlife rehabilitator, I knew I had to connect with her for a chat. Here in the northeast we are sandwiched between two bad snowstorms, and every gardener I know is desperate for some connection to green growth or other signs of life. So I reached out to this wildlife … [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...]

Hops

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...]

Planting a Living Christmas Tree, photo by Kathy Vilim

The Undisclosed Location

I love January in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains. Recent rain has brought new life to the drought-stricken soil, and new spring green seedlings are sprouting up everywhere. Trails are still wet one week after our 1-day rainstorm.  After waiting all year for rain, native plants waste no … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

The Catbirds continue to enjoy Sumac fruit as it dries

Florida Winter Birds

I’ve had two recent avian visitors that for me are a real treat.  You see migrating birds aren’t exclusively a phenomenon of northern climes.  Florida also has migratory visitors, some merely passing through and some that stay a few months but don’t breed here. If you prepare a Florida winter … [Read More...]

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Can I Make a Difference?

How many of you ponder this question? You’re living in a house with a small yard in an urban area. After you plant your tomato and pepper plants, there just isn’t much room left. You hung up a bird feeder - could you do more, you wonder? You hear about the problems with the bees and the monarch … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

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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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Beech

It took a while for me to figure out. Figure out the little trees, clinging dearly to their leaves well into winter. Hanging on as if the trees very life depended on it. I would see these trees from the window of my truck, as I would drive past. Such a common sight. Many woods contained the mystery … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

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Planthoppers: Coming to a Lilypad Near You

I’m always trying to think ahead of ideas for articles here at Beautiful Wildlife Garden and Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens, two of the blogs where I regularly share tales of the flora and fauna finds in my own garden. In anticipation, I have been gathering photos which convey the … [Read More...]

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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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Peeking into the Wildlife Rehabilitator’s World

When I first read Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt I remember being absolutely transported to another place as I tried to picture a day in the life of a wildlife rehabilitator, like Ms. Haupt herself. When I learned that my husband's bandmate's new love interest was also a wildlife rehabilitator, I … [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...]

Hops

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...]

The Catbirds continue to enjoy Sumac fruit as it dries

Florida Winter Birds

I’ve had two recent avian visitors that for me are a real treat.  You see migrating birds aren’t exclusively a phenomenon of northern climes.  Florida also has migratory visitors, some merely passing through and some that stay a few months but don’t breed here. If you prepare a Florida winter … [Read More...]

Planting a Living Christmas Tree, photo by Kathy Vilim

The Undisclosed Location

I love January in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains. Recent rain has brought new life to the drought-stricken soil, and new spring green seedlings are sprouting up everywhere. Trails are still wet one week after our 1-day rainstorm.  After waiting all year for rain, native plants waste no … [Read More...]

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Dead Wood is Not Dead Weight

Dead wood from trees provides abundant habitat for wildlife in your garden. We talk often of the value of native trees in your wildlife garden. Trees provide all manner of ecosystem services, and provide food and shelter for many different kinds of wildlife. In fact, native trees … [Read More...]

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Can I Make a Difference?

How many of you ponder this question? You’re living in a house with a small yard in an urban area. After you plant your tomato and pepper plants, there just isn’t much room left. You hung up a bird feeder - could you do more, you wonder? You hear about the problems with the bees and the monarch … [Read More...]

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Start your rain barrels now

This is Old Man Winter's time, which at a school can translate into a lot of indoor recess time and little to no garden time. Here's a winter project to keep students' minds on the gardens and focus their energy when they can't get outside: Painting rain barrels. We have two rain barrels at … [Read More...]