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Planting Plants and Seeding Seeds

I am often asked when the best time to plant is, and just as often “when is the best time to seed?” I realized the other day that my answers have become comfortably systematic based on where I am when the question is asked. This made me think that even though it is a simple topic, a short outline of those systematic answers would be beneficial. One of the most important steps in a restoration process is delivering the genetic materials appropriate to a site and installing them with the best … [Read More...]

Native Plants

Stood the test: Tiarella cordifolia, foamflwer, and Dryopteris marginalis, shield fern. On the shady side.

A Native Mini-Garden Grows Up

Every so often -  not very often of course - a gardener can be taken literally. So it is here. The only way to go was up. This looks safe, doesn’t it? In case you are wondering, yes, the legs of the step stool sank into the soil at random times and angles. The gardener did a lot of hopping around. … [Read More...]

Sand particles fly up into the air as the wasp excavates her nest

Does This Fly Make My Butt Look Big?

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...]

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Harvesting Native Fruits – Barrel Cactus

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...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

hunting on Deertongue

Hit Men in the Native Plant Garden

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...]

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Sowing the Seed Heads of Love

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...]

Manduca sexta feeding from Datura flower
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Night blooms and their pollinators

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...]

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Wildlife Gardens

Veery

A Bestiary: Part Thirty-five ~ Songbirds: Veery

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...]

Douglas' Squirrel

Mammals in My Garden

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...]

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Getting Native in Lincoln

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...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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What Do We Learn From Hawk Watch Counts?

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...]

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steven_tractor

Planting Plants and Seeding Seeds

I am often asked when the best time to plant is, and just as often “when is the best time to seed?” I realized the other day that my answers have become comfortably systematic based on where I am when the question is asked. This made me think that even though it is a simple topic, a short outline of … [Read More...]

Stood the test: Tiarella cordifolia, foamflwer, and Dryopteris marginalis, shield fern. On the shady side.

A Native Mini-Garden Grows Up

Every so often -  not very often of course - a gardener can be taken literally. So it is here. The only way to go was up. This looks safe, doesn’t it? In case you are wondering, yes, the legs of the step stool sank into the soil at random times and angles. The gardener did a lot of hopping around. … [Read More...]

Seed Heads

Wildlife Garden and Native Plant News

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 … [Read More...]

Sand particles fly up into the air as the wasp excavates her nest

Does This Fly Make My Butt Look Big?

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...]

ferocactus IMG_2720

Harvesting Native Fruits – Barrel Cactus

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...]

hunting on Deertongue

Hit Men in the Native Plant Garden

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...]

Hawk flight 4 sm

What Do We Learn From Hawk Watch Counts?

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...]

Veery

A Bestiary: Part Thirty-five ~ Songbirds: Veery

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...]

IMG_7773

Sowing the Seed Heads of Love

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...]