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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

This is the time of year we reflect on the previous year and make plans for the year ahead. As I plan my posts for 2018, it is fun to look back to find which ones were the most popular in 2017, the posts that caught your attention more than others. I hope you enjoy another look at… Continue reading Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

Birds in the Garden

Help Hummingbirds Get Ready for Fall Migration

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are getting ready for their fall migration and they are hungry! In the weeks before migration, their hormones stimulate hyperphagia – a compulsive need to overeat – to gain the extra weight and fat they need for the long flight ahead. (Hummingbirds increase their weight up to 40%.) Half of their diet comes… Continue reading Help Hummingbirds Get Ready for Fall Migration

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Hummingbirds will be back soon!

Hummingbirds have almost reached southern Illinois and it won’t be long until they return to our backyards. After their winter vacation in Central America, hummingbirds started their trek back to our landscapes in January. Males started the journey first; females followed a couple weeks later. They flew 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico and… Continue reading Hummingbirds will be back soon!

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Thankful for the Garden

With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I am counting my blessings. Family and friends top my list of things for which I am most thankful, but my garden follows close behind. I took a few moments to remember the past year in the garden and sum it up in a letter of thankfulness. Dearest… Continue reading Thankful for the Garden