We all have heard of (hopefully!) the #SkipTheStraw campaign and about several bans on plastic grocery bags, but there is more to reducing plastic waste than just straws, bags, and bottles! So, why should we reduce plastic use? After all, plastic is SUPER convenient! Have you heard of the Great Pacific Garbage patch? This floating… Continue reading Challenge Yourself to a #PlasticFreeJuly (or whenever – really!)
The succulent, leathery leaves of this plant help it to retain moisture in their hot, windswept environment. It’s summertime and one of my absolute favorite things is going to the beach and getting a big whiff of salty air in the green salt marshes! I love the look of a white beach with green plants… Continue reading Sand Swept and Wind Blown Plant Adaptations
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
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
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!
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.
Not everyone who likes science, or finds it fascinating, is a scientist - and there's nothing wrong with that! Science makes up the world around us, from the animals, to the microorganisms, and how they all interact with their environment, to how our own human lives work! I have a science degree and loved my… Continue reading Everyone can be a scientist – Here’s how!
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
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
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