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Dealing with ’Dillos Blog Image
Dealing with ’Dillos

Nine-banded armadillos (affectionately known as "possums on a half-shell" in my family) were...

Some Advice about Japanese Honeysuckle Blog Image
Some Advice about Japanese Honeysuckle

My best friend tried to warn me, “You really don’t want that plant in your yard." But I've always...

A Good Word for Weeds Blog Image
A Good Word for Weeds

A weed is an undesirable plant or a plant in an undesirable location. We pull them; we spray them;...

A Battle Won in the Gopher Wars Blog Image
A Battle Won in the Gopher Wars

We've received over four inches of rain in the last day or so, and my yard is thoroughly soaked. I...

Proper Care and Maintenance of Hummingbird Feeders Blog Image
Proper Care and Maintenance of Hummingbird Feeders

We had a storm front come through yesterday, and I noticed a single male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird...

Butterfly Garden Basics Blog Image
Butterfly Garden Basics

Butterfly gardens bring double beauty to any landscape: Gorgeous flowers! Colorful butterflies!...

Container Plants for Hummingbirds and Butterflies Blog Image
Container Plants for Hummingbirds and Butterflies

While I'm not much of a vegetable gardener, I love to paint my yard with flowers, trying to find...

Host Plants for Swallowtails Blog Image
Host Plants for Swallowtails

My previous house had a huge, mature lilac in the front yard. Every year in early spring, Eastern...

Gardening is a Bit Like Dating Blog Image
Gardening is a Bit Like Dating

This week I attended a presentation on gardening by Casey Hentges, host of the excellent program,...

Monarchs Need Our Help Blog Image
Monarchs Need Our Help

Generations of North American school children, including me, learned about metamorphosis watching...

The Science (and Art) of Placing Birdhouses Blog Image
The Science (and Art) of Placing Birdhouses

With daffodils and fruit trees blooming, I know spring is well on its way. I heard a variety of...

How Many Bugs Does it Take to Raise a Brood of Chickadees? Blog Image
How Many Bugs Does it Take to Raise a Brood of Chickadees?

For the first two years I tried xeriscaping in my yard, I planted coneflowers. Supposedly,...