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Pedestrian life provides more time with wildflowers

Flowers Of The Field and Rights-Of-Way

Last month we began a short series of posts examining complexity and importance of small, roadside and common field wildflowers. Most of my wildflower sightings occur along the pedestrian corridor between the house we live in here in Palm Coast, Florida and our neighborhood grocery store, Publix or our local post office. Of course I still miss my botanical hikes into the beautiful wilderness.  Yet until I was tossed out of my automobile-centric lifestyle I never fully appreciated the glory … [Read More...]

Native Plants

Examining seeds from an ornamental grass planted in a shopping strip.

Invitations: Sharing Nature With Our Children

“Invitations: Changing as Teachers and Learners" was the title of a book I once read in pursuit of a Masters in Early Childhood Education. In this age of Anthropocene all who have influence in the lives of children have their own obligation to provide invitations - invitations to get outside and … [Read More...]

Encelia TUC5346

Brittlebush for the Landscape

Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is one of the most common and conspicuous wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert; seasonally providing a golden yellow cloak for the desert floor. Up close, the wood is brittle, hence the name. I have written about brittlebush before, and no doubt I will again since it is … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

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Milkweed and Monarch Concerns – 2015

The final fall generation of Monarchs empties out of southern Canada and the United States east of the Rockies and migrates to the mountains of Mexico. This overwintering population is estimated each December. December 2014's estimate was 57 million Monarchs in Mexico’s mountain top roost sites. … [Read More...]

Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia Sialis) eggs

Identifying Garden Fresh Eggs

Last month my post showed the power of love in my native plant and wildlife garden with photos of an array of mating critters. This month it seems the seeds have been planted, so to speak, and the eggs are arriving. Most obvious would be the bluebirds, that have had several broods each … [Read More...]

rethinkleadplant

Hope in Ecological Hopelessness

We are remaking the world in our own image. From carbon emissions to water use, to shifting climate zones and exotic plant choices, to habitat loss and oil extraction, not one square inch of this world is unaltered. It’s far easier psychologically to reframe this sad reality with hope – hope that … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

Snowy peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range rising above town.

Gardening As If We Belong

For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children's future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it. --Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

Even winged sumac (Rhus copallinum) shows it has heart

Love is In the Air in My Native Plant Garden

It’s that time of year!  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day 2015, so I thought I would share the annual lovefest in my garden.  I attribute my many reproducing critters to having the host plants they need to survive. They are the native plants that grace my wildlife garden.  A different kind of love … [Read More...]

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Pedestrian life provides more time with wildflowers

Flowers Of The Field and Rights-Of-Way

Last month we began a short series of posts examining complexity and importance of small, roadside and common field wildflowers. Most of my wildflower sightings occur along the pedestrian corridor between the house we live in here in Palm Coast, Florida and our neighborhood grocery store, Publix … [Read More...]

Examining seeds from an ornamental grass planted in a shopping strip.

Invitations: Sharing Nature With Our Children

“Invitations: Changing as Teachers and Learners" was the title of a book I once read in pursuit of a Masters in Early Childhood Education. In this age of Anthropocene all who have influence in the lives of children have their own obligation to provide invitations - invitations to get outside and … [Read More...]

Encelia TUC5346

Brittlebush for the Landscape

Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is one of the most common and conspicuous wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert; seasonally providing a golden yellow cloak for the desert floor. Up close, the wood is brittle, hence the name. I have written about brittlebush before, and no doubt I will again since it is … [Read More...]

Milkweed concern(008)w-sig

Milkweed and Monarch Concerns – 2015

The final fall generation of Monarchs empties out of southern Canada and the United States east of the Rockies and migrates to the mountains of Mexico. This overwintering population is estimated each December. December 2014's estimate was 57 million Monarchs in Mexico’s mountain top roost sites. … [Read More...]

Preaching-Prairie

Step Off Your Soapbox for Positive Change

I sat down to write a fun-luvin' piece on the secret life of short-tailed shrews and how cute they were eating sunflower seeds that fell from my deck, when a recent blog in Garden Rant written by Ivette Soler distracted me. "The Road to Hell is Paved with Chunky Gravel and Indifferently Chosen … [Read More...]

Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia Sialis) eggs

Identifying Garden Fresh Eggs

Last month my post showed the power of love in my native plant and wildlife garden with photos of an array of mating critters. This month it seems the seeds have been planted, so to speak, and the eggs are arriving. Most obvious would be the bluebirds, that have had several broods each … [Read More...]

rethinkleadplant

Hope in Ecological Hopelessness

We are remaking the world in our own image. From carbon emissions to water use, to shifting climate zones and exotic plant choices, to habitat loss and oil extraction, not one square inch of this world is unaltered. It’s far easier psychologically to reframe this sad reality with hope – hope that … [Read More...]

seed packet with illustration of hummingbird, moths, bees

Wildflower Seed Mixes

Have you ever purchased a wildflower seed mix, scattered the seeds, and….not much happens?  Some people do get beautiful results using wildflower seed mixes, but most of us have experienced a degree of failure trying to do this.  Why, what’s the deal? Assuming that the seeds were planted on a … [Read More...]