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  • The Mydas Touch (Part Deux) September 26, 2014
    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 insects are […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Yellow And Blue Rings True September 25, 2014
    Yellow and blue flower combinations are some of the most appealing and at no time is that more apparent in the native wildflower world than in late summer and early fall. I find myself compelled to take pictures when I find them together – if only to capture some of that magic for another day. […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the be […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • It’s Goldfinch Season September 24, 2014
    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 Milkweed, Boneset, and much more. Gone is the […] We love hearin […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Drone & Pop! September 23, 2014
    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 […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful p […]
    Joni James
  • Sunflowers ideal for elementary curriculum September 22, 2014
    See the white bumps at the base of each floret? Once they fully emerged, they were shiny, black sunflower seeds. Everybody wanted a piece of them — the squirrels, the birds, the chipmunks — you get the idea. But I needed some, too. Despite the tough competition, we managed to extract some seeds for ourselves. We […] We love hearing from you! Please click her […]
    Stacey Evers
  • Killer on the Loose September 19, 2014
    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 Bee Killer” due to their preferred […] We love hearing from y […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Lights, Camera, Action: Hollywood’s Fan Palms September 18, 2014
    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 Cunninghamiana) standing together in the […] We love hearing from you! P […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • When the Gall Moves, it Probably isn’t a Gall September 12, 2014
    I was walking past the Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) tree, one of two saplings I have planted on the southwest side of the pond. Bald-cypress are known for getting species-specific insects known as Cypress Twig Gall Midge (Taxodiomyia cupressiananassa). The smaller of my two trees has a few sprinkled throughout. Galls are housing created from […] We love […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Gardening for Wildlife at the Flower Farm September 11, 2014
    On September 28th last year (2012), my husband and I closed on our first home, a 1.5 acre property that backs out to a nature preserve and is surrounded by woods on all four sides. I wrote about our gardening efforts last year in an article I called “Wildlife Gardening in Rivendell,” because the property […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see […]
    Jesse Elwert

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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 [...]