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A Chance Encounter

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A Chance Encounter
After many decades of gardening I had the pleasure of experiencing something new this spring.  While raking mountains of leaves out of my perennial beds, an odd shaped object caught my eye (upper right image).  As I picked up the smooth, light brown, oval form I soon realized I was holding a large cocoon.  This one was intriguing since it was so much bigger than others I had seen in the past.  I could hear the pupa inside rattle like a maraca and had no idea if it could be al...
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| Categories: Summer | Tags: caterpillar, butterflies, nature | View Count: (3918)
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Pet-Safe Gardening

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Pet-Safe Gardening
Recently, I’ve been trying to go totally organic in regards to my lawn and garden; fertilizer, weed control and insect control. Not only am I concerned with my own family’s safety but also my neighbors and their pets. We have lots of people walking their dogs, doing their dog thing. I’m sure some of my neighbors use pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers with harmful ingredients for pets and they don’t even know it. Many of the popular outdoor plants are even toxic but ...
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| Categories: Summer | Tags: animals, dogs, cats, pesticides | View Count: (2575)
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Birdwatching from this Cat’s Perspective

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Birdwatching from this Cat’s Perspective
I’m a cat and that is that! My life has been pretty good since I was rescued and brought into my new home several years ago. As you can see from the picture, I spend a good part of my winter days watching the birds outside my back door. I am enjoying birdwatching from one of my favorite places among the tropical plants. From what I understand they not only provide me a good hiding spot but also help the air that I breathe.However, what I really want to talk about is the birds. I’ve s...
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| Categories: Winter | Tags: cat, bird, bird gardening | View Count: (3710)
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