16 08, 2018

Fungi in the Forest

2018-08-18T17:59:05+00:00Thursday, August 16, 2018|

A few days ago while showing a visiting friend the trails in the Morgan Arboretum we realized that we were surrounded by a wide variety of beautiful fungi ... well, not surrounded perhaps but there were, and are, a heck of a lot of them. Consequently we decided to return, this time with camera [...]

16 08, 2018

Corpse Plant

2018-08-16T12:17:12+00:00Thursday, August 16, 2018|

Monotropa uniflora Also called the ghost plant, Indian pipe or corpse plant, is a perennial wildflower named from its shape and its pure, pale white colour. Unlike most other plants, this species does not produce chlorophyll, the green pigment used for photosynthesis. As a result, it is completely white (including its stem and scale-like [...]

10 08, 2018

Morning light – autumn approaches

2018-08-10T16:29:49+00:00Friday, August 10, 2018|

Summer is closing down from today ... Every year about this date in early August something happens to the morning light in the garden and the air is filled with the sound of Cicadas with their clockwork running down and of young Blue Jays being rude to each other. Summer is starting to put [...]

6 08, 2018

“Stabilimentum” Weaver

2018-08-09T14:44:21+00:00Monday, August 6, 2018|

Argiope aurantia - the Yellow Garden Spider Despite being the "common" garden spider in this part of the world Argiope aurantia is not necessarily the commonest spider in our gardens ... but when it does appear, what a beauty. This one of the orb web spider, which is to say the group of spiders that [...]

2 08, 2018

Indigo Bunting – The Scottish Connection

2018-08-03T15:41:02+00:00Thursday, August 2, 2018|

Passerina cyanea - Indigo Bunting During an expedition to the arboretum primarily focussed on high summer forest flowers (yes, there are some) we happened upon an Indigo Bunting singing from a high point of "the branchery" and realised there was another just behind us and a third singing close by. It's not often you [...]

28 07, 2018

Eastern Comma Butterfly

2018-07-28T17:15:38+00:00Saturday, July 28, 2018|

Polygonia comma - Eastern Comma Butterfly Appeared in the wildlife garden late afternoon and spent some time flying around the pool, settling here and there as it took the fancy. Several times alighted on the bark of a maple tree - see comment below about sap feeeding. Generally uncommon, the Eastern Comma is rarely [...]

27 07, 2018

Garden Splendours

2018-08-09T14:46:59+00:00Friday, July 27, 2018|

Time for a short update to the wildlife garden notes … some recent observations: Firstly, after 20 years in the garden we have finally recorded the visit of a chipmunk that was, what else, investigating the ground under the bird feeders. Interestingly, a recent discussion on a town residents' Facebook group was about recent [...]

27 07, 2018

Northern Flicker

2018-07-27T08:50:58+00:00Friday, July 27, 2018|

An early feeding trip for a local family of Northern Flickers brought three of them together into the garden this week. They were especially interested in insects lurking amongst the stones on "the beach". Flickers are, for whatever reason, exceptionally nervous birds that fly away if anyone comes closer to them than they deem [...]

24 07, 2018

Summer Flowers

2018-07-24T14:41:51+00:00Tuesday, July 24, 2018|

Sooner or later this exceptionally hot and humid weather will come to an end (please) and things can return to seasonal norms ... until then here are a few flowers that seem to be able to cope with the current conditions rather better than the gardening folk can manage. ___________________________ ___________________ Subscribe [...]

21 07, 2018

American Goldfinch on Cosmos

2018-07-21T19:31:28+00:00Saturday, July 21, 2018|

Looking out from the shade at the garden and deciding that, yes, is was too hot to go out into the sun this lovely American Goldfinch (aka: Sherbet Lemon Bird) homes in on these Cosmos flowers that were previously standing tall and upright. A summer delight. EXIF data [...]