A magnolia bud ready to burst into bloom.

Spring Native Plant Sales 2014

Here are several native plants sale here in the Philadelphia and Mid- Atlantic area. In Season also has a full list of native plant sales in the Mid-Atlantic region. When I attend native plants sales, I find it helpful to take a native plant list with me. I make a list of the plants I have…

female Ruby-Throated hummingbird

Spring Blooming Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

These spring blooming nectar flowers are for attracting hummingbirds to your backyard, garden or balcony. Planting several flowers for each season creates your own hummingbird garden. Hummingbirds arrive in the spring months of March, April and May in much of the northeast. And the flowers listed here will be in bloom when they arrive. All…

Fringed Bleedingheart (Dicentra eximia) in my garden. Photo by Donna L. Long.

Naturalist News – Spring 2014

  Did You Know? About 96% of birds that live on land use insects and arthropods (spiders) to feed their young. Some Past In Season Blog Posts on Spring Events Nature in Spring: an overview of the season Early Spring Butterflies Spring Starts from the Ground Up Spring related articles from Around the Web Why…

Male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus). Photo by Donna L. Long

Cover: Providing Shelter in Your Backyard Habitat

You may have a feature that already serves that purpose. Or there may be a row of shrubs that may benefit from adding more plants. Some of the different types of shelter and place to hide that you can provide include: shrubs and trees (especially evergreens) thickets and hedgerows grasslands water cavities log and brush…

stone water bath

Water in Your Backyard Habitat

Water is one of the easiest (and cheapest) things to provide to attract animals to your backyard habitat. And it is the most important. It is useful in attracting birds, butterflies, mammals and other animals. It has many uses including: drinking bathing and for aquatic species cover place to reproduce place to raise young Types of…