wildyardsproject Photos & Videos

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Hope Springs Eternal: In honor of midterms-and all that we wish for the 21st-century-I’ve ripped out approximately 15 feet of old crappy shrubs that lined our north wall and I’m starting anew. I’m excited about the possibilities for a more intentional and vibrant world. Regardless of how today turns out, the fact is, we all still have a staggering amount of agency. That said, GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #voteblue #protectourwildlife #createnativehabitat #wildyardsproject

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2 weeks ago

Check out the story posted today on @wildyardsproject about the project I’m working on in suburban northeast PA (link in bio) If you don’t subscribe to their newsletter, I highly recommend it. I learned about the project about a year ago via Instagram and went to the website. There, I saw David’s mission statement, watched the awesome video on his About page, and thought... wow, this is pretty much how I would’ve summed what I’m trying to do, how I got into it, and why. Knowing how many others are out there who realize the urgency of transforming our properties into habitats make the odds seem a little less insurmountable. One yard at a time! #wildlifehabitat #wildyardsproject #goodhostplants #habitatgarden #backyardhabitat #pollinatorhabitat #pollinatorgarden #urbanwildlife #landscapedesign #nativeplants #gardenrevolution #bringnaturehome #plantitandtheywillcome #nativegarden #landscapingwithnatives #plantnatives #wildlifehabitat

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2 weeks ago

A GOOD HOST IN PENNSYLVANIA: Interview with @goodhostplants John Janick in this week’s newsletter. LINK IN BIO .... John, who runs a native plant nursery in Philadelphia, has been slowly transforming his brothers lawn into a bird-friendly, pollinator-rich meadow. His work is an inspiration to me, and his gardens are a lesson to all who seek to create habitat. As John says, “If you build it, they will come.” ..... #habitatgarden #urbanwildlife #goodhostplants #landscapedesign #nativegarden #nativeplants #wildyardsproject #pollinators #pollinatorfriendly #yourpropertyishabitat #gardening

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3 weeks ago

#wildyardsproject is honored to be part of National Wildlife Foundation’s #p22 Day. .............. Saturday, Oct 27, Griffith Park/Shane’s View. 11-4 pm. ............. Come visit our booth, support wildlife and habitat creation, and meet all @the other champions who fight to protect our natural treasures. Tons of fun stuff for kids and family, and of course, CRITTERS! #nwf # #p22day

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3 weeks ago

A second Eastern Redbud planted. Now there are 6 trees in the side yard woodland, and 1 in the front yard hedge. Planting more trees is not working like I hoped it would to help me feel better about our awful climate change trajectory. Or our trajectory away from a fair democratic process. The past few weeks have just been constant stress and despair. If you like trees and biodiversity, remember to vote in the midterms for candidates who understand that the climate is not doing "fabulous". . #easternredbud #cerciscanadensis #fucktrump #babytree #nativetreesofnorthamerica #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #climatechange #planttrees #biodiversity #panativeplants #vote #midtermelections #november6 #voteblue #ayardrestored

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4 weeks ago

Fringetree ~ Chionanthus virginicus I was going to stop buying trees and shrubs until spring, but I have felt so depressed about the most recent climate change report (and the current administration's predictably foolish reaction to it), and planting this tree was an outlet to feel a tiny bit better. The Fringetree is named for the fringey white flowers it grows in the spring. In the fall it will produce dark blue-purple drupes (when it is old enough). It is a small tree, growing no taller than 20 ft. #fringetree #chionanthusvirginicus #panativetrees #plantforwildlife #nativeplants #wildgarden #nativetreesofnorthamerica #planttrees #wildyardsproject #climatechange #nativeplantgarden #babytree #leavetheleaves #ayardrestored

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1 month ago

California Fuschia, coming on strong, mid October. Let this be my personal “Native Plant Lesson #18 ”: Patience Really is a Virtue. I had long since given up this particular Epilobium for dead, and had cut it back and planted a different variety last season. I just figured it hated the sun or the soil or the lack of drainage or too much drainage or whatever the heck, and wasn’t going to grow. And then it ramped up, jumped up, and is now both radiating much needed color and bringing relief to the hummingbird anxiously assembled in the juniper above. Gardens aren’t at their best when too disciplined, in my opinion. The tiny pocketful of knowledge I bring to the process is always rewritten by the things that occur when I’m looking the other way. Kinda like raising kids. #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #createnativehabitat #pollinatorhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat

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A very well camouflaged Monarch chrysalis, except for that magical golden stripe. Found on some overgrown, dying wildflower. Another reminder that when we cut and sterilize our yards and remove all the diversity and good rot and beautiful decay, we are actually denying life. #monarchbutterfly #backyardhabitat #wildyardsproject #chrysalis

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1 month ago

I love it when a thing comes together, if only for 20-seconds. —————— My garden is, among other things, a dilettante’s laboratory. I spend a huge amount of time putting things in the ground and hoping for the best. Sometimes the “best” is when the Everett’s Choice Epilobium fans out toward the Dudleya and casts a delicate lace-work shadow over that beast of a stone I dragged out of an arroyo, thinking it might provide a good backdrop and drainage for the Dudleya. And then, today, I go out with my son to feed the birds at 8 am, and I get this scene. A few minutes later, it’s gone. How do we sell the initiated, too-busy, “I don’t do yardwork” throngs on the nearly inexpressible rush that comes from creating a space that goes on to create so many spaces of its own? That’s my #jackhandy moment for today. #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #plantnativeplants #createhabitat

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1 month ago

A beautiful web woven by what I believe is an orb-weaver spider. The spider is very large (compared to the spiders I usually see) and has stripey legs. This little buddy seems to enjoy setting up in the hawthorn tree. I am both thrilled that some cool wildlife has already moved in to this newly planted tree, and very concerned about the potential to accidentally walk into this friend (not poisonous, but SO BIG). . . . #orbweaver #spiderweb #hawthorntree #plantforwildlife #nativetreesofnorthamerica #panativeplants #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #wildgarden #ayardrestored

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1 month ago

Aromatic Aster ~ Symphyotrichum oblongifolium I planted two Aromatic Asters this past weekend. They are tiny now but I saw the full grown version at the nursery and they get very full. Aromatic Asters are named "aromatic" because crushing the leaves gives off a nice smell. I haven't tried it, the plants seem too small to pick any leaves yet. The small purple flowers will provide nectar to pollinators in the fall (though I don't see too many bothering with the few measly flowers they have this year). . #aromaticaster #symphyotricumoblongifolium #aster #nativeplants #plantforwildlife #wildgarden #fallflowers #panativeplants #wildyardsproject #ayardrestored

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1 month ago

Let’s Get It On Scentless Plant Bug (Niesthrea louisianica) Found these little buggers all over my Indian Mallow. Upon closer inspection, I found adults mating (scroll through), newborns, and nymphs, all dining on the blossoms which were in various stages of going to seed. It turns out they feed on both the seeds and the blossoms, and if you look at the final image you’ll see the proboscis of a nymph diving straight in to a relatively new bud. So, I did a little homework and here’s what I found out at the site “Dave’s Bugs”: “The scentless plant bug (Niesthrea louisianica) is native from Arizona to Florida north to New York and West to Iowa in the Mississippi Valley. Nymphs and adults feed on seeds of malvaceous plants. Host plants include rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), hibiscus, spurred anoda (Anoda cristata)and abutilon species. I found it feeding on a rock rosemallow (Pavonia lasiopetala) plant seeds. It feeds on flower buds, spent flowers and seeds. Masses of eggs are laid and are deposited on the undersides of leaves. Many times there are more than one generation per year. “Usually they are not damaging enough nor common enough to be considered a real ornamental plant pest due to the fact that they usually do not cause noticeable damage. If Niesthrea louisianica becomes abundant enough to cause concern, a pesticide can be applied for control on flower buds, spent blooms and undersides of leaves (if eggs are noticed). Please avoid spraying open blooms to prevent killing bees. If practical, hand removal is also effective.” ——————————— #bugs #wildyardsproject #beastsinmyyard #californianativeplants #plantnativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #pests #gardenpests #beneficialinsects #entomology

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1 month ago

A Great Native Garden at Its “Worst” I had the opportunity to stop by the established native garden of the very talented @theodorepayne ’s Lisa Novick, a couple of days ago. “Stop by and see what the hottest summer on record did to my yard”, she offered. I didn’t take many pictures, but what I did take should tell you plenty. Even after record temperatures of 115 in her neck of the woods, and a garden that gets full sun-and therefore the full brunt of that searing heat wave-the place looks absolutely sublime. Leaning heavily on a variety of buckwheats to anchor the whole of the space, she also left room for plenty of other complementary and beneficial plants- sages, manzanitas and mallows among them- to spread their stems. Toward the front of the property, adolescent twin oaks are already providing food and habitat for a staggering amount of wildlife, and the various buckwheats’ contrasting shades of green and rust keep the air busy with butterflies and bees. Throw in the mulch walkway flanked with firecracker red fuschia and you’ve got a pretty charismatic example of a native garden at the height of dormancy. #wildyardsproject #californianativeplants #plantnativeplants #theodorepaynefoundation #droughttolerantlandscape #climatechange #yourpropertyishabitat #createnativehabitat #pollinatorgarden #birdhabitat

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1 month ago

Sins of Omission: Desert Marigold Bouquet. Pretty yellow blossoms in a malachite blue vase. Blossoms yanked out by an impatient 4.5 year old, who was then lectured by her impatient dad, because his wife is in bed, sick, after a really tough two months in production out of state. We pursue our lives like earnest rats in a toppling tower, sometimes. Exasperated, always behind the curve, out of breath and only marginally convinced we’re doing anything right, or even capable of entertaining what’s going on in the world writ large. So, we put the yanked Desert Marigolds in the pot and write about it while the 3 year old draws on the walls with a crayon. #wildyardsproject

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Black-eyed Susan ~ Rudbeckia fulgida So far I have planted 4 trees and 15 shrubs. Eventually they will be great shelter and food for wildlife... but I've been really eyeing the flowerbeds in my neighborhood full of bees and butterflies right now! So I got some Black-eyed Susans and some Asters. Rudbeckia fulgida is one of many coneflowers commonly called Black-eyed Susan. Pollinators will enjoy its nectar, and later birds its seeds. And I will enjoy looking at them. . . . #blackeyedsusan #rudbeckiafulgida #fallflowers #nativeplantgarden #plantforwildlife #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #wildgarden #panativeplants #ayardrestored

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'Merlot' Virginia Sweetspire ~ Itea virginica Two days from fall and this 'Merlot' Virginia Sweetspire is already getting some beautiful color. Also called Virginia-willow, this shrub produces wispy white flowers in late spring, but is prized for its long lasting burgundy leaves in the fall. I brought this one home two days ago, I really need to get in gear and plant it tonight! . . . #virginiasweetspire #merlotvirginiasweetspire #virginiawillow #iteavirginica #panativeplants #fallleaves #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #plantforwildlife #nativeshrubs #wildgarden #autumnleaves #nativeplantgarden #ayardrestored

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'Red Sprite' Winterberry ~ Ilex verticillata This happy couple are two of my next round of shrubs to plant. The one without berries is the male, and is needed to pollinate the berrying females (which I actually got two of). Winterberry is a deciduous holly, so they will lose their leaves in winter, but the bright red berries will hang around until the birds eat them. Thanks @knollwoodnatives for reminding me, the male cultivar is called 'Jim Dandy' - just the female is 'Red Sprite.' I am still learning how species and cultivars work! . . . #redsprite #winterberry #ilexverticillata #panativeplants #plantforwildlife #wildyardsproject #nativeplantgarden #wildgarden #nativeplants #ayardrestored

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Hawthorn 'Winter King' ~ Crataegus viridis This Hawthorn is the latest tree to go in my "woodlands." Currently it is the largest tree but at full height (maybe 20 ft or so) it will be the smallest. The Hawthorn gets white flowers in spring and orange red berries in winter. The 'Winter King' cultivar is particularly disease resistant. I love the way this one looks! #crataegusviridis #hawthorntree #winterking #nativetreesofnorthamerica #plantstrees #panativeplants #wildyardsproject #plantforwildlife #wildgarden #nativeplants #ayardrestored

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Basswood ~ Tilia americana Also called the American Linden, the Basswood is a medium to large deciduous tree. Like the Gray Birch I planted it is a fast grower, but the Basswood can live much longer - 200 years. One fun feature of the Basswood is that it is a midsummer bloomer, so it will provide food for pollinators when not too much else does. I was told we will hear the tree buzzing! . . . #basswood #americanlinden #tiliaamericana #nativetrees #panativeplants #nativeplantgarden #plantforwildlife #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #wildgarden #plantrees #nativetreesofnorthamerica #ayardrestored

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Gray Birch ~ Betula populifolia Baby Gray Birch is planted (and caged)! This is a quick-growing, but short-lived tree. Its leaves will be food for many different caterpillars. Right now the bark is brown but as it matures it will turn a grayish white, and unlike some other birches it will not peel. #graybirch #betulapopulifolia #birchtree #babytree #planttrees #wildyardsproject #plantforwildlife #panativeplants #nativetrees #nativeplantgarden #nativeplants #wildgarden #ayardrestored

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White Oak ~ Quercus alba My first native tree is planted! This white oak is small, so I will need to put up a wire cage around it until it grows large enough to withstand deer rubbing or munching it. Putting up this cage is much harder then I thought it would be, definitely the biggest challenge of planting. It feels so good to get this baby tree started, and to remove the small chunk of lawn around it. #whiteoak #quercusalba #babytree #oaktree #panativeplants #plantforwildlife #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #planttrees #wildgarden #nativeplantgarden #ayardrestored

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2 months ago

Exciting visit to Redbud Native Plant Nursery this morning - I picked out the big trees for the future "woodland" section of the yard! I got a white oak, a gray birch, a basswood, and a hawthorn tree. I wanted to choose trees that would be good hosts for wildlife, and the women at the nursery were really helpful with that. So was a chart in Bringing Nature Home listing the number of different species different trees help support! The white oak is hands down the most, so that was an easy choice. I can't wait to plant these babies! #redbudnativeplantnursery #plantforwildlife #panativeplants #wildyardsproject #bringingnaturehome #wildgarden #nativeplants #nativeplantnursery #ayardrestored #planttrees

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2 months ago

Before starting this book I had a vague notion that planting native plants might be "good," but I couldn't tell you why. Douglas Tallamy lays it out in a straight forward way and I'm so thankful I was recommended this book. I'm only halfway through, but the 3 biggest takeaways for me so far are: 1) Many, many native wildlife species need specific native plants for food, shelter etc. Without the plants they evolved with, the animals can't survive. 2) Less than 5% of the US remains undeveloped habitats for plants and animals. If they can't live in typical suburban yards like mine (and most cannot), there is no other "nature" for them to go to. 3) I can help a tiny bit by planting native plants, making my yard a habitat instead of a lawn. I really recommend this book to anyone! It has shifted my perspective on nature in a way that is both scary and empowering. #bringingnaturehome #douglastallamy #gardeningbooks #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #wildgarden #plantforwildlife #bookrecommendation #ayardrestored

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2 months ago

High Falls State Park & Freshwater Clams: As my wife will attest, one of the hardest things for me to remember, when it comes to my kids, is to let go of my agenda. At 57 years old, I am constantly aware of the relatively short time I have left, the inevitable hardships my kids will face, the losses, uncertainties, and doubts. And I want to arm them with all the experience and knowledge I can muster before I leave them to the unknowable challenges of the 21st century. Of course, this hope is folly. The best I can do is offer them space to explore in, ideas to play with, and fierce encouragement of their inklings, their “clouds of glory”. I had a lot of plans the day we took our kids out into the countryside of Georgia on our last day there, and none of them included this waterfall, the tiny pools at it’s base and the discovery of freshwater clams of Georgia. The fact is, Georgia stands alone in its myriad freshwater mollusk populations. As the New Georgia Encyclopedia puts it, "The freshwater molluscan fauna of Georgia is one of the most diverse and abundant found anywhere in the world. In the southeastern United States, which has the greatest freshwatermollusk diversity in the world, Georgia's 165 mollusk species (67 snails and 98 mussels) rank fourth in total diversity.” So there you go. We set the stage and let the kids define the play and we all learn something. Where it leads is, for the most part, none of my business, I guess. So thanks @sheder for the reminder, and thanks again, Georgia, for your seemingly infinite wonder. #wildyardsproject #highfallsstatepark #georgianature #naturekids #discovery

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2 months ago

Red-Osier Dogwood ~ Cornus sericea By my 2nd trip to the native plant nursery I had already realized I didn't know what I was doing, so the red twig dogwoods were a surprise. The incredibly helpful owner suggested three of these for my tiny, narrow backyard, for a nice year-round view out my back kitchen door. In winter the stems will turn bright red, a wonderful break from all the brown sticks. The berries forming are new since planting them 2 weeks ago! #redosierdogwood #redtwigdogwood #cornussericea #nativeplants #wildyardsproject #panativeplants #wildgarden #ayardrestored #nativeplantgarden

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Red Chokeberry ~ Aronia arbutifolia Two of these chokeberries came home with me and the inkberries after my attempt to buy a monotonous hedge. They were my initial concession to mix it up before getting fully on board with the point of native plants. The chokeberry is a member of the rose family and will make bright red berries in the winter, which birds will eat. #redchokeberry #aroniaarbutifolia #nativeplants #wildyardsproject #panativeplants #wildgarden #ayardrestored #nativeplantgarden

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Inkberry Holly 'Shamrock' ~ Ilex glabra The first native plant I planted! I initially went to the nursery wanting like 20 of these for a hedge. The owner was not thrilled and gently nudged me in the direction of more biodiversity (I have since been learning why). Now I have three of these evergreen hollies, which will produce jet black berries in the fall and winter, and greenish white flowers in the spring. #inkberryholly #ilexglabra #nativeplants #biodiversity #wildyardsproject #panativeplants #wildgarden #ayardrestored #nativeplantgarden #plantforwildlife

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2 months ago

Our native Douglas Aster. Requires NO CARE. None. All I have done this year is light weeding. All those flowers are from one plant. Supports all kinds of wildlife and freshens up tired fall gardens. #nativeplants #wildyardsproject

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Cardinal Flower: This Hummingbird-dependent wildflower graces the edge of ponds and other riparian areas around here. I saw this one from a distance, literally glowing on the shore of a small lake nearby, and just assumed it was an wayward exotic. Nope. But too much picking has turned a once common wildflower into a rarity. #georgianativeplants #hummingbirdplants #pollinatorfriendly #wildyardsproject

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American Dagger Moth Caterpillar: “Look!”, she shouted, jammy toast in hand, peering through the half-open blinds, “a poison caterpillar!” And she was right. 10 feet away, on the cap of a brick wall, crawled this tiny, toxic critter. How did she know? A recently-educated guess, courtesy of #nationalwildlifemagazine article on caterpillars. It turns out that the longer, black spines, or “setae”, of this and several other caterpillars contain a toxin that can leave welts, rash, blistering and many other unsavory reactions. Bummer for us, but good for it, as these otherwise gentle creatures are defenseless against, well, everything. So, next time you see a cute little furry fella cruising along, check your bug guide before letting the little ones make contact. Turns out some come armed. #poisoncaterpillar #naturekids #nature #moths #georgiabugs #wildyardsproject

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Cicada Hawk: Sidewalk Discovery number 2: it seems only fitting that the kids found the notorious counterpart to the cicada; the Cicada Hawk. Named for its penchant to catch cicadas, paralyze them, lay larva inside the hapless cicadas’ living bodies and bury them in the ground in order to provide food for the wasps’ offspring. It’s a rather grim fate for the cicada, but an ingenious move by the innovative wasp. Over on the West Coast, we have one called a Tarantula Hawk, who has quite the same practice...only using tarantulas. However, as notorious as this lovely wasp is for this behavior, it rarely ever stings humans. In fact, they are often accused of being easily provoked, but what they actually are is very curious. Anything that moves near their nesting grounds they check to see if it’s a cicada. If it’s not- and I’m assuming anyone reading this is not- then the general rule is you are safe. Now, if you’re prone to poking, smacking or kicking these wasps, then all bets are off. #wildyardsproject #cicadahawk #wasps #georgiawildlife

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Cicada: about 10 times a day, one of my kids stoops down on the sidewalk and shouts “look!“ Most of the time, it’s a dried up earthworm or a trod upon caterpillar. But sometimes they stumble upon a critter that bears bringing home. This cicada, recently dead after living out his final days in a small oak tree here in Georgia, is one such critter. The closer you look, the cooler these insects are. After toughing it out in total darkness a foot or more below the ground for 17 years-give or take-they venture forth, emerge from their shell in their primal, winged splendor, and then slowly make their way up the tree of their choice to live out their final days. They don’t eat. Their only agenda is to find a mate. The clock ticking they commence to doing the one thing they know how to do at this point: make music. Every night, we sit out on the tiny deck overlooking this quiet little street and listen as the ebb and flow of the mechanical cicadas’ song, fades out and the katydids’ more emphatic, back and forth, call-and-response love songs take over. Though the kids are well acquainted with the katydids-they are prevalent on our property in Los Angeles-they had never actually seen a cicada until today. For them, and me, quite frankly, it’s almost like stumbling upon a dinosaur. #cicada #wildyardsproject #bugs #lifeisamystery

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2 months ago

Question Mark Butterfly Chrysalis on Joe Pye Weed. I love that they call this plant a weed. I have never seen a plant covered with more pollinators than this particular, single plant here in a school-side garden in Covington Georgia. There are so many bumble bees, wasps and various butterflies (Swallowtails, Sulphers, Painted Ladies, Fritillaries, etc, etc) hovering around this thing the only word I can use to describe it is enchanting. If ever there was a powerhouse habitat plant for late summer in the Mid Atlantic, this is it. More pix coming of this prolific host soon. #wildyardsproject #georgianative #nativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitatsforpollinators #createhabitat #saveourbees #butterflygarden #pollinatorfriendly

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CORRECTION: I have no idea which this is: Spicebush or Black Swallowtail (on Thistle)?! I must’ve stood next to this butterfly for a solid 15 minutes. It was so engrossed in this this blossom it barely noticed me. Every once in a while it seemed to get irritated, and would fly in a frustrated loop through the forest and come back to this blossom. The blossom itself was at the side of a small lake that teemed with turtles-painted turtles, mud turtles and snapping turtles. Leaping out of the way of every other step were small toads, some no longer than my thumbnail and the largest about an inch and a half long. On this short, one hour hike I must’ve seen thousands of them. Over the lake, dragonflies circled, as other butterflies crisscrossed its edge. For all it’s vibrancy, there was an undeniable shadow of disease. Too many invasive vines working their way across the forest floor and up the trees. Too much algae in the lake, and too much garbage floating in the marsh, side-stepped by wading egrets. Watching nature navigate the elements these days is a bittersweet experience. Where life can occur it does so with extraordinary richness, even when the forces working against it seem almost too harsh to bear. The good news is as daunting as the bad news: we are largely responsible for the problems we see, and therefore can still do something about them. Nature is resilient, defiant, almost, with a stunning capacity to rebound. #wildyardsproject

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(LINK IN BIO) WYP is honored to launch our new series “WILD YARDS STORIES”. Our opening salvo is this terrific essay by artist Kim Radochia ( @kim_radochia_studios ), detailing the transformation of their wooded lot in West Gloucester, MA, into a vibrant meadow. Please follow the link in bio to check out this inspiring project, and follow this very cool, very talented artist and naturalist. And, please don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, so you can stay on top our most recent projects, articles and ideas. #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #birdsneednativeplants #birdsneedhabitat #landscapedesign #gardening #conservation #pollinatorfriendly #goodwriting #nativeplants #nativebees #nativegarden

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Update: you click on link in bio for full article! A Meadow Grows in Gloucester: When artist Kim Radochia ( @kim_radochia_studios ) moved onto her families new property in West Gloucester, Mass, she quickly realized their wooded lot was directly in a critical migratory flyway. Looking at the ragged stands of Red Cedar surrounding their house, she decided their property could offer more habitat. And thus began her journey- aided by her resourceful husband, Peter- to provide a richer habitat for birds and pollinators on the coast of Massachusetts. Following is an excerpt from her excellent essay detailing their process and ideas, soon to be published in our WYP newsletter: “I live on the edge of an amazing salt marsh ecosystem in Gloucester, Massachusetts, called, ‘The Great Marsh’. They are the plains of New England; the only naturally-occurring low, grassy, flatland terrain on the coast. They play a critical role in cleaning our water, shielding us from storms and above all else providing a nursery for fish and birds...As a result, forage abounds for an amazing diversity of birds, fish and insects that seek shelter in the Great Marsh nursery throughout the year. One spring morning I woke up to hundreds of robins noisily hopping around our property, busily plucking worms and insects for hours. It prompted me to research what could have caused this Hitchcock like phenomena. I learned that our little peninsula, Cape Ann, is one of the few service stops in the vast Gulf of Maine on a migration superhighway north and south. Throughout our first season here flocks of migratory birds landed on our property, resting and feasting during their long voyage North in the Spring and South in the Fall. I uncovered an article about the dwindling resting and food habitat for migratory birds and was inspired to transform our property into a bird sanctuary...” #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #birdsneedhabitat #birds #meadow #pollinatorfriendly #design #landscapedesign #conservation #gardening #bees #butterflygarden #saveourbees #nativehabitat

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WYP Heroes Excerpt: Lisa Novick Introducing the WYP Heroes Film Series, stories about the people and ideas driving this powerful movement. ( see entire film via LINK IN BIO, on our homepage). @theodorepayne Director of Outreach, Lisa Novick, is one of The Wild Yards Project's Co-founders. As both an early pioneer in the #nativegardening movement and a powerful voice for education and inspiration (check out her YouTube page "L.I.F.E. Films"), Lisa is a tireless advocate for creating habitat where you live. We’re excited to launch this series- as well as #wildyardsproject - with her, and looking forward to expanding our stories across the country. Please check out the whole piece, subscribe to our site/newsletter, and help us spread the word. Camera/Editor: @xtul. Producer/Camera: @dnpix #wildyardsheroes #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #gardenfilms #environmentalfilm #conservation #educationalfims

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3 months ago

I know, it’s my own damn fault: This Cleveland Sage, my beloved centerpiece here in our backyard, is dying from root rot. Over time, I let the mulch build up about 5 inches above the root flare, and that’s a no-no, with all plants and trees really, but especially with these native drought tolerants. They just hate it. Mix in some well-intended, late evening, watering and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. I’m looking at two or three sages in my yard that look like they’re not gonna make it. This is depressing for many reasons: one-they’re just spectacularly beautiful plants. Two- pound for pound it’s hard to find a more bird-friendly, beneficial, pollinator friendly plant than the native sages of the west. The good news is, I can start over. The weather should start cooling down in the next month or so, and I, like all of us down here in the southwest, will take stock, recalibrate and begin again. #dilettantegardener #rookiemistake #plantnativeplants #californianativeplants #wildyardsproject

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3 months ago

Leaf-Cutter Bee: in action, on Clarkia Unguiculata. I actually took this photo about a year and a half ago, and previously posted it. But I thought it be a good book-end to the image of the Western redbud leaves that played host to this year’s leaf-cutter bees. Also, I just dig this bee. A gentle, solitary bee, life is very short and very busy for the females. They use the cuttings to line the nest where they lay their eggs. Creating housing for them is a smart idea, and you don’t need anything more than a windowsill or the side of the house or apartment to get it done. Here’s a sweet little article about them, should give you plenty of ideas: https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/leafcutter-bee/. #wildyardsproject #pollinatorfriendly #yourpropertyishabitat #bees #beesneedhabitat #nativebees #saveourbees #plantnativeplants

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3 months ago

Mantis Rescue: OK, so, this is probably an unpopular rescue. After all she ain’t cuddly, and she doesn’t fetch. But whenever I cut back or deadhead plants in my yard, I throw what I can’t compost into the green bin and then leave that open for a few days. I do it knowing that there’s probably a bunch of critters on those cuttings that are gonna want to beat it. And so it was with this young Mantis, who ended up on a Canyon oak that didn’t make it through the last heatwave. #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #mantis

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Good Damage: Leaf Cutter Bee, doing her thing on her favorite host plant, the Western Redbud. This of course is precisely what the Wild Yards Project is all about, using native plants to create habitat for all the critters that need it. Leaf cutter bees are highly specialized bees, with regional menus of native plants that they draw from. Western redbud, Clarkia, milkweed and a few others are the broadleaved plants that they love to build their nest from. As more and more of their native habitat falls to development, it’s just plain good manners to make sure your property has at least one of those plants for them to utilize. Being good pollinators, it’s a win-win for us. #bees #beesneedhabitat #saveourbees #nativebees #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #californianativeplants #pollinators #pollinatorfriendly

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3 months ago

American Toad: while shooting a photo essay on the wild yard of Kim and Peter Radochia, this little guy jumped out from under foot. He’s picked an exquisite place to reside, as their meadow project, here in West Gloucester Massachusetts, is literally teaming with bees, butterflies, moths and thousands of other pollinators, not to mention the visitations of many different resident and migratory birds. @kim_radochia_studios #gloucesterma #pollinators #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #plantnativeplants #birdsneedhabitat #birdsneednativeplants

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The #wildyardsproject is currently on vacation. Enjoy this gothic weather dwarfing the seaside town of #rockportma. It’s so muggy, it better rain soon.

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Clearwing Sphinx, aka Hummingbird Moth: chanced upon this remarkable, diurnal moth here in #rockportmass as I chased my kids into the lovely little garden restoration project across from the beach. The small greenway follows a stream, from an upper pond, to the bay. The air within the park is filled w songbirds, various butterflies, bumble bees, sweat bees and other #pollinators. Quite a little gem! #yourpropertyishabitat #yourparksarehabitat #createhabitat #pollinatorfriendly #wildyardsproject #hummingbirdmoth

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Time for a couple of Gung Hoe Gals. Top photo is Edith A. Roberts and below is Elsa Rehmann. Dr. Roberts was a plant physiologist who taught at Vassar and while here, she started up the first ecological lab in 1920. She pioneered native plant gardening, gardening with plant communities, and native plant propagation. Landscape architect Elsa taught landscape gardening at Vassar and Dr. Roberts asked her to interpret the ecological point of view into a designer’s point of view. The book pictured here is the result of their collaboration - naturalistic planting was the emphasis, which was quite different from the formal styles that had dominated design. #californianativeplants #plantnatives #wildyardsproject #ecology #naturalisticgarden #plantcommunities #theodorepayne #grownative #vassar #landscapehistory #knowyourhistory #womeninscience

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3 months ago

Visiting Gogo and Pappa’s. You don’t need to teach kids to love the natural world, you only need to encourage it. #wildyardsproject

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Tic Tac Toe - The four year old nearly swept the tournament. Note the yard is still green, even after that searing heatwave and steady days in the ‘90’s. This is courtesy of a #nativegarden and a robust #greywater system. Warning: Soapbox Moment: Let’s face it, we are lucky. Lucky enough to be able to afford a house in Southern California these days, and we don’t forget it. In a water-scarce region, on a planet wrestling w #climatechange , taking stewardship of whatever outdoor area you have is just plain logical. 70% of our water goes back into the ground, feeding the canopy that cools our yard. 80% of our plants are #native , and though I lack the landscaping talents of many of you who follow this IG account, I’ve managed to land on a large number of #pollinatorfriendly #californianativeplants that are robust and happy (would that I could say the same of my struggling #ediblegarden ). In short, #yourpropertyishabitat and every yard would be happier, more #energyefficient and more beautiful if it was a #wildyard , because #wildyardsarethebest. #wildyardsproject

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4 months ago

Bountiful Blue and the Heatwave: Worth noting that 3 of these small potted blueberry bushes did extremely well in the heat wave, tucked between some larger, native, very pollinator friendly plants. The Indian Mallow and the Black sage took the harshest hit (and loved it, I might say), so the blueberries got just a few hours, midday. As the picture clearly reveals, they’re going strong, and I feel pretty comfortable saying that the combination of edibles and pollinator friendly native plants is a kick-ass one indeed. #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #permaculture #ediblegarden #kidsdigit

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4 months ago

Drastic Times, Drastic Measures: after hauling about five solid pounds of Raccoon shit out from under my eaves, I embarked upon a hazmat-level site cleanup and I’m now trying to prevent any future annoyance. Enter #coyotepiss. Will it work? Stay tuned.. #wildyardsproject indeed...

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5 months ago

Esteemed #wildyardsproject co-Founder and Head of Outreach @theodorepayne Lisa Novick has boldly thrown her hat into the ring, and offered her first #TOPTEN List for THE WILD YARDS PROJECT. Here’s her offering for her favorite #nativeplants - from trees to perennials- for attracting resident and migratory birds here in Los Angeles. If you live in Paramus, Boston, Miami or Dallas, we’d love to know yours. Only rule: gotta be regional natives. @gottliebnativegarden @hudsonvalleygardens @nyc.wildflower @mynativeplantgarden @ecotonestudios @curiously_different @goodhostplants @restorenativeplants @hudsonvalleygardens @nyc.wildflower @pistilsnursery @yosemitebethy @prairieoriginals @tessacharnofsky2243 #birdsneedhabitat #birds #ifyoubuildittheywillcome #createhabitat #californianativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat

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“Wildlife attracts wildlife!” Huge thanks to Wild Wings Ecology Founder and @gottliebnativegarden naturalist, Scott Logan, for his fantastic presentation, BRINGING BIRDS HOME. Here in #eaglerock. #wildyardsproject proudly hosted this insightful talk on how to feed, house and attract migratory and resident birds. Lots of killer takeaway regarding creating habitat for owls, wrens, finches, Orioles, bats and dozens more local birds. By “feeding responsibly”, providing housing, and using native plants, even the smallest yard can become a haven for the dozens of species native to your region, even if you live a few feet from a busy urban center, like we do. And, many thanks to @theodorepayne Lisa Novick and @beekayem and @bkmphotography.la #ifyoubuildittheywillcome #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #californianativeplants #birds #birdsneedhabitat #plantnativeplants

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Last Call- Come Meet Renowned Resident Naturalist for the @gottliebnativegarden Scott Logan Learn how to attract, feed and house resident and migratory birds using native plants and proper feeding/housing techniques. With Wild Wings Ecology Founder Scott Logan. & Wild Yards Founders David Newsom and Chloe Renee Ziegler. 5118 El Rio Ave. LA CA 90041 June 9th- 9:30 am- 12:30 pm. $25 per person. RSVP- wildyardsproject @gmail.com. #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #birdsneednativeplants #wildyardsproject #californianativeplants

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Wild Yards Tribute of The Week: Nick Jones/Silverlake. I’m a huge fan of this homeowner and this project. Nick, an accomplished stage and screenwriter, was pretty eager to transform his yard when he bought his house just two years ago, but he had a few reservations about doing a largely native landscape. But with some gentle shoving from his landscaper, Eusebio Yescas, (and yours truly) he dove deep. The transformation is, as they often are, radical. From a water hogging carpet of a lawn ringed by palm trees, to an extraordinarily vibrant and vital ecosystem, replete w swales, Native trees, shrubs and perennials framed by an elegant, custom fence. The place is warm, inviting and alive. Nice work, @chancellorfreeze and Eusebio. In Nick’s words: “I bought my property two years ago, during the peak of the drought. There was a bright green lawn maintained with sprinklers, and a gangly stand of palm trees growing into the power lines. At the time, I thought drought tolerant landscaping would mean a lot of cactus and succulents planted between blinding swaths of decomposed granite. I never imagined I could achieve something so lush. The plants are about two thirds California native. They were installed by Eusebio Yescas, who also built the redwood fence and arbor in the style of pictures I found online. I get a lot of foot traffic by my house and this project has helped me get to know my neighbors. I have an incredibly difficult time getting any work done now, because I spent so many hours just standing in my garden watching things bloom. I probably should have waited til I was retired to get into this stuff. In terms of ecology, everything the nativists told me would happen has come true.  There are birds and bees everywhere, and they have a lot to do. It feels like nature. You would never know I live right by the 5…” #wildyardsproject #californianativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat

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