365 Nature – Day 240

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I awoke to a blissfully cloudy sky this morning and was it a relief after the last few days of record-breaking heat. The sun rose and I didn't have to close all the curtains on the east side of the house for a change. When I opened the front door, another nice treat greeted me, a moth. One of the first I've seen in quite awhile. When we had an electrical upgrade last year we put in new porch lights...

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365 Nature – Day 238

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Another heatwave, another day of drought and sun. I'm proud to have added plants to our yard to provide a continual bloom for our pollinators. As the rudbeckia that attracted so many pollinators fades, the Goldenrod is offering a pollinator feast now. This 365 Nature project has really helped me see how pollinator design really works and I've been much more in tune with the changes throughout the year. I've watched the first dandelions attract bees while a Spring Azure...

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365 Nature – Day 236

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Yesterday I stopped in at a plant nursery to pick up some more gravel to create our third wetland in a bottle and while I browsed around, I encountered a small selection of carnivorous plants. Having been thinking about aquatic life and plants I stopped to look. At one point I had a sundew plant, but I didn't do well with it and it died. I decided to try my hand again and I bought four different plants. After returning...

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365 Nature – Day 234

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It was blissfully cool and cloudy this morning, a nice change from the record-breaking 90+ degrees the last few days. Yesterday afternoon after I posted for Day 233, I went back out to watch the crab spider again. I noticed the spider had picked one of the very few rudbeckia flowers that still had pollen on the stamens sticking up out of the top of the flower. The rest had already started going to seed. In the afternoon, the spider...

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365 Nature – Day 233

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Despite another day of record heat I ventured out to water this morning and see what I could find. I was pleasantly surprised by a face looking back at me from the top of a Rudbeckia flower, a grasshopper. It sat patiently while I went back inside to get my camera and I was able to get some good shots of it. I looked around the other flowers and finally spotted another visitor, a yellow crab spider, perfectly blended into...

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365 Nature – Day 224

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The side garden in our backyard is one of the areas I've focused the most attention since we moved in, nearly four years ago now. I've planted two Vine Maple trees, one I had to replace after it died in last summer's drought. I also have several types of ferns, penstemon, Tiger Lily, Sweet Cicily, Western Trilliums, Wild Ginger, Snowberry and others. I first planted Large-leaved Avens which grew well there, but since then it's spread too much and today...

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