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Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jan 7, 2016 11:17 PM CST
It's frigid outside with no bees or butterflies in sight, but I just came across this great article in the Post about bees!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/for-gardeners-...

I thought it was the perfect jumping off point to start our 2016 chat about pollinators! Thumbs up

Make sure to check out the slideshow for photos of various species of bees!




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Name: David
Lucketts, Va (Zone 7a)
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greenthumb99
Jan 8, 2016 6:12 AM CST
SSG - thanks for the link, I had missed the article.
Planet Earth is a galactic insane asylum where the inmates have been left in charge.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jan 8, 2016 7:58 PM CST

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great article, SSG!
And I love the photo! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jan 8, 2016 11:25 PM CST
Don't forget to check out today's Google Doodle! It's the 41st anniversary of the discovery of the Mountain of Butterflies in Mexico, the southern end point of their migration! I can't even imagine what that may have looked like.

https://www.google.com/doodles/41st-anniversary-of-the-disco...
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jan 9, 2016 8:45 AM CST

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I saw that and was wondering what the occasion was --thanks, SSG!
Someday I have to see that Mountain. Thumbs up
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Name: Pat (Backward Glance)
Lucketts, VA
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ecnalg
Jan 9, 2016 9:11 AM CST
There have been presentations in Leesburg by Nicole Hamilton on the monarchs and their threatened habitat in Mexico. She has excellent slides and has been there twice. She was the push for the milkweed sales at Morven Park that some of you have attended. If I see another one scheduled, I'll post it.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jan 9, 2016 9:13 AM CST

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Thanks, Pat--would love to see it!
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― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jan 17, 2016 7:31 AM CST
I saved a ton of seed from tropical milkweed, but Monarchwatch did not want this species from this region. Anybody need any, just holler.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jan 17, 2016 8:11 AM CST

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thanks, Sally! I just might take you up on that! Thumbs up I'm not sure how mine will reseed from last year--I ended up with some pod destruction from milkweed beetles. Thumbs down
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Jan 17, 2016 7:04 PM CST
ecnalg, I'd love to attend one of Nicole's presentations as well

That was a great Adrian Higgins' article about bees; it put a lot of perspective on the honey bee decline issue. I made some "bee hotels" this summer, and some bees made nests in each one. I moved the hotels to shelf in our unheated garage for the winter.

I wonder whether Monarch Watch still wants milkweed seeds, or are they distributing it already? I have lots of common and swamp MW seeds.
Name: Pat (Backward Glance)
Lucketts, VA
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ecnalg
Jan 17, 2016 7:14 PM CST
I'll let you know, Muddy, when/if I see another one scheduled. Greenthumb and I went to an excellent one a month or so ago on vultures.
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Jan 17, 2016 8:11 PM CST
Thanks!
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Jan 18, 2016 8:15 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Our pair of piliated woodpeckers just showed up at the suet feeder. I suspected as much once the weather got cold enough to freeze the bark on trees and make the bugs disappear. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Jan 18, 2016 8:42 AM CST
yaya!
I have two suet cakes out and hope the same thing. Birds have hardly touched my feeders so far.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Jan 19, 2016 9:54 PM CST
Lucky you, Ric! I would love to see pileateds in my yard. I haven't seen or heard any for awhile.

My birds are going through a lot of suet, especially when Starlings show up. I usually only see 2-6 of those at a time, fortunately, because they eat it all pretty quickly.


Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Jan 21, 2016 9:35 PM CST
I saw four male quail(s) in the garden this morning. They are early, so I am guessing we are going to have warmer night temps than usual this spring.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jan 21, 2016 9:49 PM CST

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I don't think I've ever seen a pileated woodpecker! Must be cool.

Quail are cool, too. I don't think we see them much in our area.
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Jan 22, 2016 7:54 AM CST
I've never seen a quail!
I hear robins though. We had a half dozen robins on the lawn last weekend.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jan 22, 2016 8:01 AM CST

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The poor robins must be fairly confused... Hope they are busy heading *southwest* about now...
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Jan 22, 2016 8:16 AM CST
http://blog.duncraft.com/2014/01/12/robins-in-winter/

I had to look this up. This seems like a pretty good article.

OOH OOH I am psyched! I just realized that when the garage is here, I can get a birdbath heater and have the birdbath in good view of the house!!
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)

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