Flowers, Gardening, Plants, Seasons, The Art of Ecology

Create your Spring Garden Early with Bulbs!

As we get further into fall, the gardener inside of me gets sad. I miss spending time out among my flowers. The fall rains are providing the water they need, and the birds are busy picking the old flowers clean of their seeds. The wind is blowing the leaves over the plants - prepping the… Continue reading Create your Spring Garden Early with Bulbs!

Backyard Habitats, Colors, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Colors of the Rainbow as Seen in the Garden

Flowers have so many beautiful colors, but other than just to make us humans happy, why are flower colors so diverse? Pollinators have the important job of transferring genetics from one flower to another to allow for fertilization and ultimately growth of future generations of flowers and plants. In order to attract the most effective… Continue reading Colors of the Rainbow as Seen in the Garden

Adaptations, Animals, Backyard Habitats, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Pollination – Amazing Plant & Animal Relationships

Last month, I had a wonderful opportunity to learn more about pollinators, like the honeybee, at the nationally recognized botanical garden - Longwood Gardens! This professional development opportunity allowed me to not only learn about these amazing plant & animal relationships, but to witness first hand active pollination in the outdoor gardens and photograph some… Continue reading Pollination – Amazing Plant & Animal Relationships

Animals, Backyard Habitats, birds, conservation, Gardening, The Art of Ecology

Creating a Safe Haven for Feathered Friends

So far, we've discussed creating a backyard habitat, attracting butterflies and other pollinators, and creating a haven for snakes and beneficial predators, but we haven't talked about how to get birds to your garden! Aside from the obvious of sticking up a feeder, there are some other great ways to attract your feathered friends! By… Continue reading Creating a Safe Haven for Feathered Friends

Backyard Habitats, Climate Change, conservation, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

TreeHugger – Yup, That’s Me and Here’s why!

Happy Arbor Day everyone! (sort of - it's the last Friday in April - but let's celebrate anyway!) There are so many reasons to love trees beyond "they look nice". Even hugging trees has it's benefits (click here for more information on getting immersed in forests). Here are my top reasons for getting excited about… Continue reading TreeHugger – Yup, That’s Me and Here’s why!

Animals, Backyard Habitats, Gardening, The Art of Ecology

Malacology – A funny word for a funny group of animals.

While we may first think of these tiny creatures as garden pests, snails are very important members of the ecosystem and should be valued! Malacology, or the study of snails, has shown us how snails play a role in efficient decomposition and providing vital nutrients for animals that eat them. Snails eat leaves - yes,… Continue reading Malacology – A funny word for a funny group of animals.

Adaptations, Colors, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Orchids – the Mischievous Flower

Flowers rely on pollinators like bees, beetles, birds, moths, butterflies, bats, and other creatures to spread pollen from one flower to the next in order to create seeds. Flowers have adapted their color, shape, or aroma to attract the type of pollinator that would best suit them - for example, hummingbirds like red tube flowers.… Continue reading Orchids – the Mischievous Flower

Backyard Habitats, Flowers, Gardening, Health, Plants, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

An Edible Flower Garden and it’s Health Benefits

There are so many edible garden plants, other than your veggies! From pansy's in the spring to sunflowers in the summer and chrysanthemums in the fall - each season has something wonderful to offer. In this dreary February weather, I start looking forward to spring and summer along with all of the life it brings.… Continue reading An Edible Flower Garden and it’s Health Benefits

Animals, Backyard Habitats, birds, conservation, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Keeping our Feathered Friends Happy – Especially in the Winter

Cardinals are a common sight at winter bird feeders. These are commonly ground feeders and can pick up what other birds have discarded. Birds are amazing - and if you read my previous winter bird blog, you'll know that birds can definitely take care of themselves, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't feed them… Continue reading Keeping our Feathered Friends Happy – Especially in the Winter

birds, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Living Coral – Pantone Color of the Year and Nature

Living Coral - the Color of the Year! We can expect to see more of this color in our lives and on our news feeds. Pantone has selected this color because "Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. In reaction to the onslaught of… Continue reading Living Coral – Pantone Color of the Year and Nature