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Dune Daisy and Native Grasses planted in Rights-of-Way, Small Patch Native Green

Small Patch Green, Value of Reconciliation Ecology and Wildflower Plantings

Wildflowers can help save the world.   But instead of telling the world how, we are hiding the truth.  For any movement to succeed, there must be widespread grass roots support for the cause.  Today much thought is centered around watershed, large contiguous and greenway ecology.  This may be all and well except large continuous tracts become 'out of sight, out of mind', and if not accessible, quickly evolve environmental justice and effectiveness issues.  However a small container of native … [Read More...]

Native Plants

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Talk About It!

I am always surprised to hear how many people have an interest in the idea of Native Plants. Not just the fact that they are out there, but where they are, what they do (for humans and wildlife), what we can eat or use as medicine, wildlife that will be seen if a plant is in place, etcetera. I am … [Read More...]

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A Native Garden Goes to Church

To get ready for church, the garden had to be dressed in its finest. Only native plants were fine enough, of course. The garden selected colorful natives, and ones with graceful forms and varied textures. Churches always want more visitors, so the garden carefully chose plants that would bring … [Read More...]

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Privacy Screening in Your Native Plant Garden

A common request among many of my garden design clients is evergreen screening. Whether it's to keep the neighbor's from peering in or to keep my clients from seeing out to their neighbor's gardens, it seems many gardens just don't offer enough privacy. It can difficult when you're designing a … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

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They Only Come Out at Night

  When the sun goes down and the mosquitoes come out, most of us retreat indoors. Time to kick back with TV and Facebook and whatever else keeps us busy ‘til bedtime. If you put down that remote for a minute, though, and step outside, you’ll find a whole other world of nighttime critters … [Read More...]

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on introduced Queen-Anne's-lace
© 2004 Beatriz Moisset

In Praise of Wasps

  Most people I talk to express an inordinate hatred for wasps. They agree that bees are important because they are pollinators, but think that wasps play no role in nature other than mistreat us with their stings. It is time that somebody comes to their defense. I will do more than … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

This black & yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) hunts for prey at the edge of the pond.

The joys of a Florida pond

We share a natural pond with our next-door neighbors. It's not too large, about a tenth of an acre. It's out front between our house and the front meadow. To see the layout of this part of property see my post on the meadow, "From lawn to woods: a retrospective." We think it may be fed by a spring … [Read More...]

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National Pollinator Week – Celebrate The Bees

This week, June 16-22, 2014 is National Pollinator Week. Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. From the Pollinator Partnership website: "Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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300 Cheeseburgers a Day

  I hadn’t realized how much I usually do in a day until we moved to town in fall, after the big flood that chased us out of our house. Six months of town life made me pack on pounds so fast I actually googled “rapid weight gain,” absolutely convinced that I must have some weird metabolic … [Read More...]

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Eastern Box Turtle in a Wildlife Habitat

Several great posts have been written about the Eastern Box Turtle recently by Team Members Christina Kobland and Helen Yoest .  I’d like to add a South Jersey perspective.  Our half-acre property in rural Cape May County has attracted over eighteen different Eastern Box Turtles in the past five … [Read More...]

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Vital Velvet Mesquite

  One very popular tree in our Southwestern landscapes is the mesquite tree. The native velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) is a graceful tree offering refreshing shade in the landscape, a tree that is also used as a source of food, shelter, and medicine for all manner of desert … [Read More...]

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Talk About It!

I am always surprised to hear how many people have an interest in the idea of Native Plants. Not just the fact that they are out there, but where they are, what they do (for humans and wildlife), what we can eat or use as medicine, wildlife that will be seen if a plant is in place, etcetera. I am … [Read More...]

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They Only Come Out at Night

  When the sun goes down and the mosquitoes come out, most of us retreat indoors. Time to kick back with TV and Facebook and whatever else keeps us busy ‘til bedtime. If you put down that remote for a minute, though, and step outside, you’ll find a whole other world of nighttime critters … [Read More...]

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A Native Garden Goes to Church

To get ready for church, the garden had to be dressed in its finest. Only native plants were fine enough, of course. The garden selected colorful natives, and ones with graceful forms and varied textures. Churches always want more visitors, so the garden carefully chose plants that would bring … [Read More...]

Privacy screening from rosebay rhodis

Privacy Screening in Your Native Plant Garden

A common request among many of my garden design clients is evergreen screening. Whether it's to keep the neighbor's from peering in or to keep my clients from seeing out to their neighbor's gardens, it seems many gardens just don't offer enough privacy. It can difficult when you're designing a … [Read More...]

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Palms Have Panache

Native Palm Trees for Southwest Wildlife Gardens Panache is defined as "an ornamental tuft (as of feathers) especially on a helmet." The second definition is "dash or flamboyance in style and action." These are the perfect definitions for palm trees! (The top of a palm looks sort of helmet-like.) … [Read More...]