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  • In the Garden: Cloudy with a Chance of Confusion August 29, 2014
    I met a new butterfly this week.  This particular butterfly is one of the skippers. Skippers are in the Superfamily Hesperioidea, as opposed to say, Swallowtails or Milkweed Butterflies that are in the Papilionoidea Superfamily encompassing Butterflies (excluding skippers). Skippers are a diverse bunch and often hard to identify. This skipper was rather larg […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Native Plants Beyond the Garden August 28, 2014
    I love having native plants in my garden. Every moment that I can do so finds me slipping into the garden to find a beautiful flower, a hummingbird sipping on cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), an insect collecting food or collecting prey, and to listen to the sweet song of birds. As much as I love […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see al […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • When a Tree Falls in the Schoolyard August 25, 2014
    We had only one shade tree at our suburban DC elementary school, a 50ish-year-old pin oak, and it was cut down over the summer without notice. After the shock and swearing wore off, I started thinking about how we could use what remained. Almost anything can be turned into a lesson, including a prominently placed […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Stacey Evers
  • The Worms Crawl In but Do They Swim? August 22, 2014
    This week I noticed that there was some webbing on a Baldcypress tree I planted a while back. At some point my property was likely home to many of these trees as is evident by decaying knees I see when the pond level gets low.  These majestic trees require wet conditions during part of the year […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the b […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Native Shrubs for Small Gardens August 19, 2014
    For those with small wildlife gardens, gardening with native plants has always been a challenge. Natives tend to be not just large size but absolutely huge. Fortunately the nursery industry is responding to the growing demand for wildlife friendly native plants for the small space garden. Plant breeders have come out with some outstanding dwarf […] We love h […]
    Karyl Seppala
  • Wildlife Deception as a Defense August 15, 2014
    Tanner, the English Setter was headed out for his afternoon stroll of the yard.  I saw something over behind a tall cluster of Bidens alba and it seemed to be thrashing.  Tanner zoomed on over and flushed out a Red-Shouldered Hawk.  The hawk flew off with its feathers somewhat ruffled in the quick getaway. Tanner […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Baldcypress Ecosystem August 13, 2014
    Birding in Delaware at Trap Pond State Park, a baldcypress ecosystem. After a wonderful trip aboard the Mummichog II for the Cape Water Taxi Ecotour to explore the ecosystem of the Indian River Bay in southeastern Delaware, today we headed to southwestern Delaware to explore a fresh water ecosystem. Trap Pond State Park, near Laurel, […] We love hearing from […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Cardinal Flower August 12, 2014
      Hummingbirds love it. So do I. If it was a Corvette Stingray, the color would be called “Victory Red.” It is a blazing, brilliant, red, not often seen in a native plant. In the picture above, you see a sweat bee, using a leaf as a resting spot on the Cardinal Flower’s, Lobelia cardinalis, landing […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all t […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Raising Question Mark butterflies August 11, 2014
    Question Mark butterflies can be elusive if you don’t know how to attract them to your beautiful wildlife garden. They are drawn more to sap runs (often created by woodpeckers) and rotting fruit than the flowers in your yard. If you have a plum or cherry tree you may see these and other butterflies feeding […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to s […]
    Judy Burris

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Wordless Wednesday: Firsts In The Garden

Every seed is awakened, and all animal life.

~Sitting Bull

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The Scoop on Poop

Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.

~William Ruckelshaus

Animal manures are among the most commonly used fertilizers in home gardens. Composted manure is commonly available from local farms and garden centers and is also found in forty-pound bags at many local stores during the garden season. So [...]

Oops! I did it again...

*SIGH* I’ve done it again. The same thing happened last year, too. I’ve managed to neglect every houseplant we have to the point of death. Not the indoor garden vegetable plants, mind you,  but the “bring a bit of the outdoors in” plants that everyone has growing in their home. (Or at least [...]

Frost!

Hardiness refers to the lowest temperature a plant can survive in. While there are plants and trees that can survive for several months at temperatures below freezing, many are damaged or killed when the temperatures plummet and plants are exposed to frost.

Frost occurs when ice crystals form as water vapor condenses at freezing temperatures. The [...]

April Garden Chores

“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.”

~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe

March is nearly at an end, it’s time to look ahead to April garden chores. Though temperatures rise throughout the month, rain is the norm in many parts of the country. It’s important to remember not [...]

Spring Fever

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

~Soren Kierkegaard

I don’t know why I let it happen every spring, but I do. The beautiful sunshine beckons me outdoors where I’ve longed to be all winter. Sowing seeds in warmed soil, relaxing outside with a book [...]

Wordless Wednesday:A Place for Wildlife

The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is over 7,000 acres of land in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The land was dedicated as a refuge and breeding ground for wildlife in 1938. It’s located in the middle of one of the Atlantic Flyway’s busiest lanes. We visit throughout each spring hoping to catch [...]

“It’ll never grow.”

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

~Horace, Satires

“It’ll never grow.” Our elderly neighbor stood looking at the newly prepared soil waiting to be planted with my first garden. He shook his head, climbed back on his rider mower and returned to [...]

Gardenscape 2010

The sudden onset of beautiful sunny weather had me outside sowing seeds, clearing beds and just plain enjoying the mild days. With the garden well underway and the first day of spring officially here I think it’s a great time to share a few of my favorite pictures from “Gardenscape” the Rochester, NY flower show. [...]

A Bee In My Garden

It’s wonderful to me that bees have this simple, age-old thing going on.

~Peter Fonda

I knew when I heard the soft sound of buzzing it was officially spring in the garden. If the bees are awake and foraging what other proof could we demand? At once the transformation from winter to spring [...]