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...]
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Someone asked me recently about creating a butterfly garden and what plants they should include. This person was looking for a list of larval host plants (caterpillar food) so they could include these plants in their garden plans along with nectar plants. This is the right approach when designing a … [Read More...]
“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...]
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...]
Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects
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...]
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...]
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...]
Thirty-nine months later and the birds keep flying into my A Bestiary — Tales from a Wildlife Garden. Return migrations are underway and this author is longing to see and hear our returning resident birds when the mountains of snow have melted. When spring rescues all the inhabitants, indoors and in … [Read More...]
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...]
We often base our model on how bees nest, forage, and communicate on the honey bee. Honey bees nest in large, social colonies whereas most native bees have solitary nests, and the majority of native bees nest in the ground. Now before you start thinking about a past encounter that involved being … [Read More...]
Birds and Other Wildlife
On our sister site, Beautiful Wildlife Gardens, I discussed gardening for desert birds. On this site which is more about native plants, I an going to discuss a few of the plants you can consider for your bird garden. The plants can fall into two categories – plants for food, and plants for … [Read More...]
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...]
American Robins Turdus migratorius, run along the ground like sentinels wearing gray and warm orange-brown breasted coats. When I look out in the fall and early spring after the snow has melted, I imagine the ground is moving for the numbers of robins stalking and stopping to stare at the earth in … [Read More...]