Category Archives: Interesting Facts/Thoughts

Owl Pellet

Last weekend was a time for raptors at my suburban north Texas home.  First of all, I unintentionally attracted a Cooper’s Hawk to my fence on Saturday.  I had refilled my bird feeder with fresh seed that morning.  Although I … Continue reading

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February Observations

In February in north Texas, when you begin to see more robins on the ground than in the trees, you can be reasonably assured warmer weather is on its way. Continue reading

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Wild Rose Pass

A Valentine Ghost Story This post is an excerpt of an article I wrote about nine years ago and I cannot believe I haven’t posted it at Nature is Nurture before now. I suppose the theme is a little more … Continue reading

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Call of the Crows

The call of the crows can very well be a warning that predators are approaching. Continue reading

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A Squirrel? A Bird? No, it’s a Frog!

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Benign Effects of Summer Rain in Vegetable Gardening

First of all, I’d like to preface this post by saying a rain shower at the end of June in Texas is a true blessing.  Downpours on three occasions at my home this week could be considered a miracle! What … Continue reading

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Best Plants for Attracting Hummingbirds

Who doesn’t love hummingbirds? Not only are they one of the world’s tiniest wonders regarding their incredible flexibility in flight, they are absolutely beautiful. They are fun to watch, especially when there are two or more in the vicinity as … Continue reading

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Crown of Thorns

As we move into the warmer (ahem, hot) months, we gardeners are busy filling our baskets, beds and pots with loads of blooming plants and when we are not, we are certainly day-dreaming about it.  Those vibrant flowers at the stores … Continue reading

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Benefits of the Opossum

I like opossums.  I’m sure this is probably an unusual statement coming from me, a person who has lived all of her life in an urban area.  I am rural at heart, but alas, I was born, raised and continue … Continue reading

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The Tulip Tree (Saucer Magnolia)

February is the magical time of year in North Texas when the Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana), or locally called, Tulip Tree, bursts with huge, 6-8 inch blooms in varying shades of pink against the otherwise barren winter landscape.  The tree’s timing, … Continue reading

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