365 Nature – Day 184

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Daisies are one of the flowers growing in our yard that came with the house. They’ve been eagerly growing in numbers over the last four years around the yard, but I don’t much mind as the syrphid flies seem to really like the flowers. Today I spent some time watching all the insects visiting the flat, yellow composite flowers. There were a number of different…

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365 Nature – Day 174

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

June is also 30 Days Wild and I’m participating again this year.


This week is National Pollinator Week so today I went out front to watch the pollinators in our garden. It’s one of my favorite activities to do at home and ever since we dug up some lawn and threw out a bunch of seeds, I’ve been watching our pollinators. When designing habitat…

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365 Nature – Day 168

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

June is also 30 Days Wild and I’m participating again this year.


On this sunny spring day I took my camera out into our front yard to see what types of pollinators are visiting the flower meadow. Despite not being a native wildflower meadow – yet – there are still a lot of pollinators that visit. I was surprised to see how many visited in a…

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365 Nature – Day 161

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

June is also 30 Days Wild and I’m participating again this year.


One of my favorite flowering plants in our backyard is the Fireweed and it’s blooming right now. I’ve had the perfect succession of blooming plants this spring in the corner of our yard starting with the Pacific Ninebark and Twinberry followed closely by Mock Orange and now the Fireweed. Near the end…

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365 Nature – Day 151

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


After our day-long adventure yesterday, we decided to stay home and get tasks done today. Fortunately, there’s always plenty of nature to see at home and this morning I sat out back on this sunny day and watched the insects buzzing around. The Pacific Ninebark is done blooming now, but the Mock Orange and Twinberry have taken over the bloom and are a constant…

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Book Review:: Real Gardens Grow Natives

518XvBKJTwL._SX410_BO1,204,203,200_We’re lucky to live in a region with bountiful books on creating wildlife habitat and Pacific Northwest gardeners now have one more choice to add to their bookshelves. Real Gardens Grow Natives: design, plant & enjoy a healthy northwest garden by Eileen M. Stark is the latest offering on this topic. The book is packed full of useful information and focuses not only on creative a landscape  using native plants for wildlife, but delves deeper into more detailed content such as the soil, propagation and sharing the benefits of native plants.

Stark gives a useful overview on ecology and explains some key ideas such as ‘habitat’ and ‘diversity’. The first chapter explains the elements of habitat – from water and food to the benefit of dead trees. With the groundwork laid, Stark moves swiftly onto the basics of design and…

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