National Invasive Species Awareness

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

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 […]

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) are back house hunting […]

Balance in the Garden: Can Fruit Flies Help Weed Control?

They have such beautiful wing markings

Funny that when I think of fruit flies I immediately feel the need to swat something around the bowl of fruit on the counter or rinse the nearest apple. They really don’t conjure up visions of garden weeds. But, if you think of fruit in terms of a dictionary definition: The ripened ovary or ovaries […]

There are Different Types of Ladybugs?

Spotless Lady Beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea)  has white markings on black face

The ladybird beetles a.k.a. ladybugs were out visiting this week.  It feels like spring here in Florida, so they are busy scouring the leaves and flowers of plants seeking nourishment.  Both adult and larva, side by side, munching away on aphids, scale or other pests. I’ve several different species around the yard and this week […]

Florida Winter Birds

The Catbirds continue to enjoy Sumac fruit as it dries

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 wildlife garden to their liking, […]

Arbor Day? Yes! And It’s All About Florida Trees!

A live oak provided the perfect nesting spot for Mourning Doves

Florida weather puts us ahead of the April National Arbor Day planting curve.  The third Friday of January is officially designated as Florida Arbor Day (in Louisiana too!).   Tis our dry season, so I suppose we plant now to get the roots reaching deep for water before rainy season hits and makes it easy.  This […]

Planthoppers: Coming to a Lilypad Near You

Finally! a clear shot of an later stage nymph

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 biodiversity that American White Waterlily […]

In the Garden, Don’t Talk with Your Mouth Full

Bunnies love Bidens alba

To me it is fascinating to catch a critter “in the act” of munching on whatever that particular species of fauna has in their diet plan. In nature, each wildlife species has its own ideas about what constitutes a balanced diet.  Here are some examples of the biodiversity that I eyed in my Florida native […]

2014 in my Biodiverse Wildlife Garden


Hard to believe another wildlife gardening year is coming to an end. As has become tradition, follow along for this years’ month by month encounters that were a little different or educational for me in 2014. If you missed 2013, 2012, 2011 or 2010, click the link to see what was cooking that year. January:  […]

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 […]

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