Spring Cleanup in the Wildlife Garden

Spring cleaning, if done with wildlife in mind, is a slow process. On hands and knees each section is tackled slowly enough to spot garden treasures (overwintering chrysalises on stems, partially grown caterpillars in curled up leaves, microscopic eggs on plant material). This spring many treasures were found along the way: several spider egg sacks […]

2012 Wildlife Garden TOURS

This is the 21st year I’ve been leading these tours of private backyard wildlife gardens.  And they just keep getting yummier and yummier! Be sure to mark your calendars with the following dates & plan to join me on one, several, or all NINE of the 2012 “Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” that I will […]

Red Cedar vs Leyland Cypress

In southern New Jersey my favorite evergreen is Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana, for about a zillion reasons.   I’ve watched 32 different species of birds feed on the fruits, including big flocks of Cedar Waxwings (so named because they favor Red Cedar fruits). Learn why Red Cedar is a far better evergreen to plant than Leyland […]

Hummingbird Garden Tours

Hi Gang, Hummingbird activity has exploded in our garden. Young are off the nest & flying about. Birds from the north are on the move south through our area. Females are busy with their 2nd (or maybe even 3rd) nest. Territorial males are busy, busy, busy as they dash about chasing several hummingbirds away from […]

2011 Wildlife Garden TOURS

Hi Gardening Friends, Our spring garden was a show stopper with clouds of blooming Wild Columbine, Coral Bells, and Coral Honeysuckle and of course Ruby-throated Hummingbirds galore. Now it’s bursting at the seams as all the other perennials fill out and bump into each other. Common Milkweed and Butterflyweed are in full bloom and pulling […]

2012 Mid-County Tour — Photo Gallery

“Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” with NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)898-8848 Saturday, July 14: MID-COUNTY “North Cape May to Rio Grande” Sunday, August 19:MID-COUNTY “North Cape May to Rio Grande” Friday, September 14:MID-COUNTY “North Cape May to Rio Grande” For more details & how to […]

2012 North Tour — Photo Gallery

“Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” with NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)898-8848 Sunday, July 15: NORTH “Goshen to Dennisville” Friday, August 17: NORTH “Goshen to Dennisville” Saturday, September 15: NORTH “Goshen to Dennisville” For more details & how to register.

2012 South Tour — Photo Gallery

“Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” with NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)898-8848 Friday, July 13: SOUTH “Cape Island” Saturday, August 18: SOUTH “Cape Island” Sunday, September 16: SOUTH “Cape Island” For more details & how to register.

NATIVE Plants for Wildlife

Hi Gang, I’m looking forward to teaching a series of programs about: NATIVE PLANTS FOR WILDLIFE and the birds, butterflies, moths, and other critters that NEED / benefit from each of them From a naturalist’s perspective, these programs will be based on my 30+ years of gardening for wildlife and witnessing the direct benefits in […]

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

T H E Y ‘ R E   B A C K  ! Hi Gardening Gang, Thel Brown wrote to let me know that she had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visit her West Deptford garden yesterday (Saturday, April 2) in Gloucester County, NJ (up near the Delaware River). Don’t know about you, but I worked feverishly […]