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Solidago spp.

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 some of the flowers to go to seed.  In the meantime they fatten up on insects and berries still available in large quantities. I have masses of Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) dotting the landscape and a few lesser-known genera that also have a common … [Read More...]

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Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana

The Power of One

I believe in the power of using native plants in whatever landscape that man designs and creates. I believe in the power of using locally native plants to restore some small ecological balance back to a landscape that man has ripped apart. I believe that choosing to do so has an impact that, … [Read More...]

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Seed collecting for school gardens

If you’re already thinking about next year’s school garden, this is the time to pick up your seeds: they are cheaper now than at pretty much any other time of the year. When I say “pick up” seeds, I mean it literally. Go out to your fading garden and get them. Collecting seeds takes only a little … [Read More...]

Erythemis simplicicollis (male)

Inviting Dragonflies to Lunch in the Garden

I noticed someone enjoying a bit of lunch in the garden recently.  It was an Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis) and based on the coloration, a male. Males become pruinose blue with white claspers and a green face.” More often than not when I come across an Eastern Pondhawk in … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Strays in the Garden

Hear the word stray and most likely you think of a dog or cat running the neighborhood while some irresponsible owner is oblivious to the whereabouts of their pets. My area?  We get a different category of strays.  Next door currently has a stray chicken hanging around.  A couple of weeks … [Read More...]

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Gardening Change of Attitude

YIKES!  Another year flew by and this article begins my fifth year as a writer here at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. Four years in the tank…every Friday since October 8, 2010.  Mother Nature has provided so many interesting encounters to share in my  208 articles.  I begin article 209 with how things … [Read More...]

American Goldfinch on Pokeweed

It’s Goldfinch Season

Have you been noticing lots of Goldfinches in your wildlife garden this fall? I've been regularly spotting a flock of over 30 American Goldfinch in my backyard wildlife garden and the abandoned property next door, which has become quite weedy and filled with Pokeweed, Cutleaf Coneflower, Common … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

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Sassafras

You know the question, "If you were a tree, what tree would you be?" My quick answer would be, "A sassafras tree." I've had a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Virginia, since 1992. During that time I've hiked my mountain up and down, getting to know all the things that grow here. I love them … [Read More...]

Bumble Bee Drawn to Partridge Pea

Drone & Pop!

So I walk out to my native plant plot one morning in early August. What is that droning sound I hear? I listen for a while and then it was obvious! The section of my garden which is full of Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculate) was buzzing with hundreds of bees! I was amazed at the activity! I … [Read More...]

California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) Photo: Charles Webber © California Academy of Sciences

Lights, Camera, Action: Hollywood’s Fan Palms

Sprinklers let loose--- Water is softly spraying a neighbor’s yard, and it sounds nice, even though it is only a plain green lawn that’s benefiting.  Well, not just a lawn--- Out the window I see both a tall California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) and a more robust Phoenix Palm (Phoenix … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

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Desert Ants are Dynamic

June was National Pollinator month, and many folks decided to help insect pollinators by planting flowers. Now for some not so popular insects that are also highly beneficial for the garden, but few people welcome them – ants. Indeed, some people are of the belief that the only good ant is a dead … [Read More...]

A quick look might have you thinking Mydids are robberflies.

The Mydas Touch (Part Deux)

This week I got an email from Bugguide giving confirmation of a fly species that graced my place a year ago.  I had pretty much forgotten about the submission, but the confirmation had a timely arrival since I was stumped earlier in the week on what I might write about today. Oddly, these … [Read More...]

I am not a bee

Killer on the Loose

Tis the time of year when huge “bees” are flying all over the yard.  They aren’t actually bees, but bumblebee mimics and they prey on the very insects they resemble.  Meet a Robberfly (Mallophora bomboides), a member of the insect order Diptera.  This particular species is commonly called “Florida … [Read More...]

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Solidago spp.

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...]

Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana

The Power of One

I believe in the power of using native plants in whatever landscape that man designs and creates. I believe in the power of using locally native plants to restore some small ecological balance back to a landscape that man has ripped apart. I believe that choosing to do so has an impact that, … [Read More...]

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 7.43.07 AM

Seed collecting for school gardens

If you’re already thinking about next year’s school garden, this is the time to pick up your seeds: they are cheaper now than at pretty much any other time of the year. When I say “pick up” seeds, I mean it literally. Go out to your fading garden and get them. Collecting seeds takes only a little … [Read More...]

Erythemis simplicicollis (male)

Inviting Dragonflies to Lunch in the Garden

I noticed someone enjoying a bit of lunch in the garden recently.  It was an Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis) and based on the coloration, a male. Males become pruinose blue with white claspers and a green face.” More often than not when I come across an Eastern Pondhawk in … [Read More...]

IMG_2756

Desert Ants are Dynamic

June was National Pollinator month, and many folks decided to help insect pollinators by planting flowers. Now for some not so popular insects that are also highly beneficial for the garden, but few people welcome them – ants. Indeed, some people are of the belief that the only good ant is a dead … [Read More...]

muskovyClose

Strays in the Garden

Hear the word stray and most likely you think of a dog or cat running the neighborhood while some irresponsible owner is oblivious to the whereabouts of their pets. My area?  We get a different category of strays.  Next door currently has a stray chicken hanging around.  A couple of weeks … [Read More...]

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The Baby American Goldfinch in the Garden

Recently a fellow writer published a noticeably well researched post about the American Goldfinch. I was surprised to learn from reading this informative piece that this- early fall- is the American Goldfinch's breeding season, and they only have one brood per year. A couple days later I was … [Read More...]

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Sassafras

You know the question, "If you were a tree, what tree would you be?" My quick answer would be, "A sassafras tree." I've had a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Virginia, since 1992. During that time I've hiked my mountain up and down, getting to know all the things that grow here. I love them … [Read More...]

Adult carpet beetle on fleabane flower

The Lowly Carpet Beetle

The scientific name for this tiny insect is the varied carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci).  Carpet beetles are pests in the home and in natural history museums.  The adult beetles eat pollen and nectar, but their larvae feed on biological fibers from carpets, clothing, feathers, plus insect and … [Read More...]

twigs2fledge37

Gardening Change of Attitude

YIKES!  Another year flew by and this article begins my fifth year as a writer here at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. Four years in the tank…every Friday since October 8, 2010.  Mother Nature has provided so many interesting encounters to share in my  208 articles.  I begin article 209 with how things … [Read More...]