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Lightweight residential green roof with Dune Daisy, Helianthus debilis by Kevin

Urban Rooftops and Native Plant Preservation

Recently I shared my thoughts about how green roofs in the city can provide important habitat to endangered native plants with The Nature of Cities. While there are many other contributors on the TNOC website with wonderful articles, my thoughts are posted below (as well as within the TNOC site).  And while some may brush aside green roofs as insignificant with respect to native plants, the majority of green roofs today are unfortunately being vegetated with exotic and sometimes invasive … [Read More...]

Native Plants

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A Fond Farewell Bonanza

The folks at Comedy Central contacted me earlier this year, and I'm pleased to say I'll be a correspondent for The Daily Show this fall as their native plant expert. As such, I find it necessary to end my time here at the most wonderful of places on the internet, where so many of us have shared … [Read More...]

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Scarlet Whirligigs

When Americans think of fall color, one of the first trees to come to mind is the maple, particularly our stately east-coast native sugar maple (Acer saccharum). But it’s still summer and I live on the west coast, yet we’re already enjoying some spectacular reds from the whirligig seeds of vine … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

Bella Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix)

A Dozen Diurnal Moths

Diurnal moths fly during the day rather than at night like the majority of moths.  Some are quite pretty and are often mistaken for butterflies.  One way to differentiate between the butterflies and moths is to look at the antenna.  Moths have feathered antenna and butterflies have clubbed … [Read More...]

Paintedleaf (Poinsettia cyathophora;  synonym: Euphorbia cyathophora)

Christmas in July: Wild Poinsettia

Next to the patio I have a patch of Paintedleaf a.k.a. Fire-On-The-Mountain a.k.a. Wild Poinsettia (Poinsettia cyathophora;  synonym: Euphorbia cyathophora).  This area gets morning sun and begins to move into the shadow of the carport in early afternoon.  It is amazing the amount of activity that … [Read More...]

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5 Ways to Keep Your Wildlife Garden in Bloom

Keeping your wildlife garden blooming through the summer can be a challenge especially during periods of drought and high temperatures. The colors of the spring garden rapidly fade but there are ways to keep plants attractive and blooming all season long. First, your garden should include a variety … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

House Wren

A Bestiary: Part Forty-Three ~ Songbirds: House Wren

Just writing the name House Wren Troglodytes aedon, stirs up angst within me. Dogged little creatures, these birds, like all native songbirds, are protected and it is illegal, according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, to remove their completed nests of twigs, snake skins, spider casings, … [Read More...]

Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) along Monarch Spur Trail.

How Plants Work: Showy Milkweed

On my twice weekly runs on the Monarch Spur Trail, a former railroad bed turned popular walking/biking/running route that threads through my small town, I count monarchs on the patches of milkweed that have sprung up alongside the trail as part of our town's trailside habitat restoration … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Front Porch Prothonotaries — Part TWO

In mid-June we proudly related the exciting story of Prothonotary Warblers nesting on our front porch. Now, in mid-July we are bursting as the “proud parents” of four successfully-fledged chicks! As we wrote in July, the parents were feeding the rapidly growing young every few minutes with all … [Read More...]

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Front Porch Prothonotaries

Just one of the many reasons why we garden for wildlife: Prothonotary Warblers breeding on our front porch! Imagine our excitement on May 17th when we heard the distinctive and emphatic song of a Prothonotary Warbler: “Sweet! Sweet! Sweet!” We each grabbed binoculars and headed out to see where … [Read More...]

While they may bite if you harrass them, they are more inclined to warn you off with a simple flick of the tongue

Slither Here, Slither There

The other day I was doing my daily lap around the pond (on foot, I didn’t swim it ;) ) when I nearly stepped on one of my slithering friends. A demure Peninsula Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sackenii) was scouting through the littoral zone of the pond in search of something good to eat. This … [Read More...]

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Lightweight residential green roof with Dune Daisy, Helianthus debilis by Kevin

Urban Rooftops and Native Plant Preservation

Recently I shared my thoughts about how green roofs in the city can provide important habitat to endangered native plants with The Nature of Cities. While there are many other contributors on the TNOC website with wonderful articles, my thoughts are posted below (as well as within the TNOC site). … [Read More...]

Bella Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix)

A Dozen Diurnal Moths

Diurnal moths fly during the day rather than at night like the majority of moths.  Some are quite pretty and are often mistaken for butterflies.  One way to differentiate between the butterflies and moths is to look at the antenna.  Moths have feathered antenna and butterflies have clubbed … [Read More...]

House Wren

A Bestiary: Part Forty-Three ~ Songbirds: House Wren

Just writing the name House Wren Troglodytes aedon, stirs up angst within me. Dogged little creatures, these birds, like all native songbirds, are protected and it is illegal, according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, to remove their completed nests of twigs, snake skins, spider casings, … [Read More...]

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A Fond Farewell Bonanza

The folks at Comedy Central contacted me earlier this year, and I'm pleased to say I'll be a correspondent for The Daily Show this fall as their native plant expert. As such, I find it necessary to end my time here at the most wonderful of places on the internet, where so many of us have shared … [Read More...]

Vine Maple leaf

Scarlet Whirligigs

When Americans think of fall color, one of the first trees to come to mind is the maple, particularly our stately east-coast native sugar maple (Acer saccharum). But it’s still summer and I live on the west coast, yet we’re already enjoying some spectacular reds from the whirligig seeds of vine … [Read More...]

Thick stolons of the germander plant.

Native Mini Garden Gets Edits

It's a fact. Plants want to grow up, become mature, and raise a family; and that's exactly what they do unless we make it impossible for them. Which can definitely happen. However, in this mini garden, things did grow. They really grew. And, true confessions; things  didn't turn out the way I … [Read More...]

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Front Porch Prothonotaries — Part TWO

In mid-June we proudly related the exciting story of Prothonotary Warblers nesting on our front porch. Now, in mid-July we are bursting as the “proud parents” of four successfully-fledged chicks! As we wrote in July, the parents were feeding the rapidly growing young every few minutes with all … [Read More...]

Paintedleaf (Poinsettia cyathophora;  synonym: Euphorbia cyathophora)

Christmas in July: Wild Poinsettia

Next to the patio I have a patch of Paintedleaf a.k.a. Fire-On-The-Mountain a.k.a. Wild Poinsettia (Poinsettia cyathophora;  synonym: Euphorbia cyathophora).  This area gets morning sun and begins to move into the shadow of the carport in early afternoon.  It is amazing the amount of activity that … [Read More...]