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Garden Alphabet: Butterfly (Lepidoptera)

Garden Alphabet: Butterfly (Lepidoptera) The garden is made up of more than just plants. The best gardens are filled with insects and wildlife as well as plants and flowers and learning more about these inhabitants can expand your understanding and the joy of keeping a garden. This butterfly photo was taken at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage […]

Photo: Honeybees drinking at the birdbath – Animated GIF

An Auto Awesome animated gif from Google+ created with a series of photos I uploaded. Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photo: Sunflower closeup (animated by Google+) Photo: Canyon Sunflower in the breeze (animated gif) Photo: Gopher in motion Video: Magnolia grandiflora – a photo montage from A Gardener’s Notebook Video: […]

Garden Vocabulary: Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)

Garden Vocabulary: Bacillus thuringiensis Gardener’s will often come across mention of Bacillus thuringiensis or BT as it is commonly called. It is a bacteria and biological pesticide that is often used in organic farming and gardening as it does not have many of the environmental and human side effects as other chemically-derived pesticides. It is most […]

Video: Queen Butterfly, Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, California, November 29, 2013 (Silent)

Closeup, silent, video of Queen Butterfly captured at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California on November 29, 2013.  See more video and photos from Sunnylands in this post, Video: Sunnylands, Up Close – Rancho Mirage, California Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…November 24, 2012 – Daffodils Part 2 of […]

Garden Vocabulary: Parasite/Parasitism

This Garden Vocabulary series seeks to introduce and explain to you — and in many cases, myself — words and terms associated with gardening. Please let me know if  there are any terms you would like me to explore. You can leave your ideas in the comments section and we can learn together! Parasite/Parasitism “Parasitism is a […]

Elsewhere: Gardeners Champion Nature’s Cause in the City from Houzz.com

Gardeners Champion Nature’s Cause in the City from Houzz.com Click arrows above to see all sections and click captions to visit the article online Read more on this topic: Interesting articles from Houzz.com – Grasses, ornamental trees and raised beds I Like This – Seattle City website declares – 2010 The Year of Urban Agriculture Free […]

A Gardener’s Notebook in Troy-Bilt’s newsletter, “The Dirt”

As part of my work with Troy-Bilt, I regularly write for their monthly newsletter, The Dirt. This month, my article is entitled “Inch-by-Inch” and appears below in it’s entirety. Read the entire newsletter If you would like to subscribe to The Dirt, visit the Troy-Bilt web site and subscribe. Subscribe to A Gardener’s Notebook mailing […]

Photo: Bees Up Close

It took some time to make peace with honey bees. I grew up with yards that were more clover than grass, so summer days often involved accidentally stepping on bees in the yard while we played. Along with that we had nasty mud dauber wasps that seem to sting you for no other reason than […]

Photo: Passiflora, passiflora fruit and Gulf Fritillary caterpillar

I felt so lucky to find this picture along our walk. Here you have 3 major components of the passiflora life cycle — the alien-looking flowers, the resulting fruit and even a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar (there on the right above the green fruit), which feeds almost exclusively on passiflora. I hadn’t noticed the caterpillar initially as […]

Building a Native Bee Box

My friend, Keri, has created an excellent “Bee Box” for her garden. Read the entire article at her site. “I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year, build a nesting box for native bees and other insects. My friend Doug Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook had sent me various plans and ideas. I […]