Our team members at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens along with the team at our sister site Beautiful Wildlife Garden are quite prolific writers. They each have at least one personal website (many have more than one), and often write for other sites as well. In addition many other sites publish very interesting articles about wildlife gardens and native plants every day. We don't want you to miss out on any of the goodness so here's a guide to the latest native plants and wildlife garden … [Read More...]
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Meet other passionate wildlife gardeners from around the country. Share your successes. Learn from your failures. Discover the best resources to help you create welcoming habitat for wildlife in your gardens with native plants so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, native pollinators, and other wildlife to your garden.
There are endless opportunities to discover something new in your wildlife garden or local park. Remember to take the time to sit quietly and observe what's going on around you. More often than not I discover something new that I didn't know was there, even though I walk by that place several times … [Read More...]
Here in the Southwest, there are more than enough native plants to grow and that will provide food for the table – at least partially. Another thing we have more than enough of here are neighborhoods with Home Owner Associations (HOA's). You might think an HOA good, in that it helps maintain the … [Read More...]
Their love of Wisconsin sand. The pure, round, silica variety that runs along a wide band from the Mississippi River in the northwest through the heart of south central potato country. What's up with the sand? Wisconsin sand supports native lupine, the only food source known to nourish the … [Read More...]
Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects
I met a new Assassin Bug in my garden this week. My place is home to several different subfamilies of assassin bugs which are predators and beneficial in the garden. Assassin Bugs paralyze their prey by injecting toxins that dissolve tissue and easily sucking the juices through their … [Read More...]
I tried really hard to come up with a cheesy title for this piece based on the continual 80s music soundtrack I have in my head, and I think I succeeded. Name the band, get a free prairie!* But more to the point, I am in love with seed heads -- god, I am enraptured. Gone are the days of blissfully … [Read More...]
Nature abhors a vacuum, we are told. Life finds its way into every nook and cranny. It isn't only spatial nooks and crannies but also temporal ones. Many vital activities go on after the sun sets and before it rises the next day. We are familiar with the plants that bloom during the day. What about … [Read More...]
Veery Catharus fuscescens, is a shy, plump, reddish-brown thrush that lives in the forest and is a member of the Turdidae family, along with the Bluebirds and American Robin. The Veery has a wondrous and unearthly song that floats up into the house and barn from the forest floor just before sunrise … [Read More...]
Much of what I read about gardening for wildlife concentrates on the winged variety — butterflies, birds, and the insects on which they feed. We certainly have lots of native plants in our garden, and in the adjacent woods, that meet the needs of the many species of birds we’ve seen out our kitchen … [Read More...]
My city is making strides, bit by bit, in creating areas of partly native plant landscapes. It's certainly good to see. Yet new spaces are still often dominated by the same exotic plants you'd see in any city across the country (Karl Foerster I'm looking at you) and large slabs of impermeable … [Read More...]
Birds and Other Wildlife
From late August through November the skies are full of migrating hawks, falcons, and eagles as they move south for the winter. ...This site is called “The River of Raptors”, but until actually standing in the midst of so many migrating birds, the phenomenon is simply unbelievable! The sky was … [Read More...]
Of all the many birds I have known here at Flower Hill Farm it is the Eastern Bluebirds Sialia sialis, who have connected and communicated with me the most. I love their sweet murmurs and seeing their beautiful cerulean wings and upper bodies. Their warm brown-orange breast and white underbelly … [Read More...]
Another one of my favorite birds is the brilliant orange and black Baltimore Oriole Icterus glacial. I have large volumes of admiration for this member of the blackbird family and love hearing the male’s crisp flute-like songs. The songs are a sequence of two varying notes repeated up to seven times … [Read More...]