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Wildlife Garden news this week includes: American Chestnut success, plants for autumn color, restoring the american prairie, Silver Spotted Skippers, life lessons from the garden, how pollinators use flower attractants, wildlife gardens as a hedge against despair, urban wildlife gardens, the difference between invasive and aggressive plants, and so much more.

Between Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden and Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens, we have 45 writers who also write at their personal blogs and other places around the web, and we’re excited for you to be able to see all of their work.

Wildlife Garden News From Our Team Members

Ellen Honeycutt (GA)

  • Bad Kitty, Bad Plant–”When you have a cat, you usually know if he/she is a chewer. This one is a chewer. So we can add “bad mama” to the title because I should have known better. I would not ordinarily write a post about this situation, but I want the information to be out there.”
  • What You Don’t See Still Exists–”The natural world around us is complex, but each piece carefully intersects with another. It’s good to remember that because our stewardship is important. So that even though we don’t see them … they will still be there.”

Brenda Clements Jones

  • Color From the Garden–”I suppose some would say I enjoy playing with my food!  I love to set up still lifes with all the colors that come out of the garden.  As summer is drawing to a close, the garden provides so many objects for me to arrange in still lifes for me to make into art!”
  • Sumac for Autumn Color–”In mid-summer there is quite a draw at my wood’s edge.  The Sumac is in bloom and pollinators are buzzing all over the flowers.  I have two types of Sumac — Winged Sumac and Smooth Sumac, supplied by Mother Nature.”
  • Chestnuts and Success–”The roots of the American Chestnut do not get the blight because they are not exposed to the air.  The roots keep sending up sprouts which usually die back within a couple years.  But with the research that’s been done and continues, there will be American Chestnut trees growing in the tree’s native range again — given time and much continued work.”
  • Oh, Deer–”For those of us who do not have gardens and enjoy seeing the deer, we must remember that feeding deer puts them at risk of developing disease due to attracting larger numbers to a small area.”

Benjamin Vogt (NE)

  • Native Plants are a Moral Choice (Guest post at Garden Rant)–”As gardeners we have first hand knowledge of environmental change – birds, butterflies, soil, rain. We are also the first and last line of defense. How we garden is how we see the world. Gardening is an ethical act, like shopping locally, going to farmer’s markets, et cetera.”
  • Twilight on the Tallgrass: Spring Creek Prairie–”Spring Creek is a virgin tallgrass island in a sea of cash crops, still sporting wagon ruts from an Oregon Trail cutoff, over 800 acres in size about 7 miles due southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska. There are plans to connect this prairie and the one near our home in Pioneers Park with a prairie corridor — hopefully this happens within the next decade or so.”

Loret T. Setters (FL)

  • Great Southern White Butterfly–”Easily identified by the Turquoise antennal clubs. Larval host in my yard is Virginia Pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum).”
  • Silver Spotted Skipper–One of the larger skippers. Larval host Various plants in Pea family (Fabaceae)
  • Clustered Mille Graines–low growing, branching member of the madder family
  • New Love, Good Karma–”My Elliot is a wonderful dog who just had bad karma.  He was adopted and loved twice, but change in job and housing circumstances for the humans had him returned to the rescue group both times.  Not his fault.  Just lives changed and now, so has Elliot’s.  He is in his furever home and we couldn’t be happier.”

Donna Donabella (NY)

  • Garden Lessons on a Bloom Day–”I think it is best to take our cue from the garden and nature.  Feel its rhythm and connect to it.  Savor the opportunities as they happen.”
  • Seasonal Celebrations Revealed, Autumn–”Many folks do not like to see autumn arrive as they know the darker days are ahead and winter is around the corner.  But I chose to celebrate the positive aspects of the season even though it has a downside.”

Kelly Brenner (WA)

  • Insects–”These tiny loiterers on the barley’s beard, And happy units of a numerous herd Of playfellows, the laughing Summer brings, Mocking the sunshine on their glittering wings, How merrily they creep, and run, and fly!”
  • The Urban Bestiary–Haupt has dubbed it the ‘New Nature’ and is quickly becoming an excellent spokeswoman for this concept. She makes us think, really think, about where is that border between wild and city and does it even exist. The truth is that we exist together “tangled so messily and so wondrously”.

Heather Holm (MN)

  • A Pollinators View: Flower Attractants–”Because their perception of flower color is different from humans, many floral visual cues such as nectar guides and color contrasts in flowers are visible only to bees.”

Ursula Vernon (NC)

  • A Trip to the Botanical Gardens–”I love the NC Botanical Garden. When I’m traveling too much, going there makes me feel like I’m home and things are normal and I have a routine. Also, y’know, critters.”
  • Hedges Against Despair–”It’s not a huge nature preserve, or even a terribly large garden by many standards. It’s what one woman who isn’t too particular about weeds can manage. In some ways, it even makes less impact, out here in the woods, then it would in the city where it would be an oasis. Nevertheless, when everything in the world feels horrible or stupid, it makes me feel like in some small way, I’m holding the line.”
  • Serious Anole is Very Serious–”You are not serious enough to please Serious Anole. Do you think that life is all butterflies and delicious slugs? No!  SERIOUS ANOLE WILL HAVE NO MORE OF THIS FRIVOLITY…”

Susan J. Tweit (CO)

  • Birthdays–”Other gifts: Goldfinches calling as rain moved in again this afternoon (after the color coat dried). One late-migrating broad-tailed hummingbird sucking nectar from the Agastache in the courtyard.”
  • Baby Blue Rabbitbrush Shines in Fall–”Not only are rabbitbrush beautiful (and sweetly fragrant, as well!)  they also serve important functions for pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, rabbitbrush are especially valuable because they attract large numbers of native bees.”

Debbie Roberts (CT)

Christy Peterson (WA)

  • Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Natural World–”Spiders may be ubiquitous, but urbanites all over the world are learning to live alongside much bigger animals—animals that only a few years ago would have been considered strictly wilderness dwellers.”

Ginny Stibolt (FL)

  • Invasive vs. Aggressive: Plants and Animals–”Native plants are NOT invasive. They belong here and work well within the natural ecosystems. A pioneer plant like beggars’ ticks is certainly aggressive and efficient at completely covering a disturbed site, but after a couple of years, it will give way to other plants in Mother Nature’s succession parade…”

Mary Pellerito (MI)

  • Layers–”I could go on but I really need to get to my point, which is the natural world is the perfect place for inspiration when you design a garden.  And a garden design approach is using layers of plants to create visual interest.”

Beatriz Moisset (PA)

  • Official State Insects–”Just for fun, try to imagine which insect you would select to represent your state. Take a few minutes before reading further or checking this complete list.”

Carol Duke (NY)

  • Hummingbirds And Grandmothers Migrating South–”Some individual Ruby-throated hummers may decide it is best to spend the winter along the Gulf Coast or the Outer Banks of North Carolina . . . perhaps they are not up to making the longer journey and their survival will depend on how deeply the winter sets in.”

Steven Paulsen (ID)

  • Wildlife Spotted–”Working for a conservation company such as CSR, Inc has many benefits.. spotting wildlife while in field monitoring or installing natives plants is one of them.”

Vincent Vizachero (MD)

Carole Sevilla Brown (PA)

  • Roadsides for Wildlife-- “Why do townships, cities, and states waste so much money keeping roadsides mowed (and spraying a horrendous amount of herbicides in the process) when these places present the perfect opportunity to provide habitat for butterflies, native bees, and birds?”

Wildlife Garden News from Around the Web

Gail Eichelberger (TN), former BWG team member

  • It’s Your Garden– “Plant What You Want, But, would you please plan(t) for all the critters that live and visit your garden?”

Sue Reed (MA), former NPWG team member

  • What About Beauty?–”I draw attention to their comments only to point out the irony that even environmentally-sensitive gardeners, who do care about nature, continue to follow our society’s deep-seated custom of putting self-oriented desires ahead of the needs of the natural world.”

Thomas Rainer (DC)

  • What if There Were No Landscaping?–”But it does provide a rare example of a typical American neighborhood development without any landscaping. It is perfect mix of a wild and human habitat. And what is especially interesting is how the wild plant communities are actually part of the culture of the place.”

Sue Scott (FL)

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