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Archives for Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find he reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.
Sphinx Moths, the Stars of the Evening Garden
A sphinx moth tends to appear in the late afternoon and evening, and often visits...
How to Identify a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
Learn how to spot a hummingbird clearwing moth and how to attract these unique pollinators...
Top 10 Heat-Tolerant Plants
Summer sizzles, and so do these beautiful blooms! Choose from these top heat-tolerant plants for...
15 Common Backyard Birds You Should Know
New to birding? Start with the basics. Learn to recognize 15 common backyard birds, and...
Great Egrets: Nests, Courtship and Baby Egrets
With spectacular breeding plumage, delicate mating displays, and adorable babies, great egrets are fun to...
Drought-Tolerant Blackfoot Daisy Can Take the Heat
Native to the southwest, blackfoot daisy loves hot, dry conditions. Grow this gorgeous flower in...
How to Identify Anna’s Hummingbirds
The Anna's hummingbird is more cold-hardy than most hummingbirds. It can be found all year...
Attract Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies to Your Garden
Want to see a pipevine swallowtail butterfly in your own garden? Try planting native pipevines...
Ultimate Gardening Tips to be the Best Plant Parent
Whether you're a new to planting or a veteran gardener with a green thumb, check...
Look for California Scrub-Jays on the West Coast
The raucous call of the California scrub-jay reflects its mischievous behavior. This bright blue western...
14 Proven Hummingbird Photography Tips
Look, listen and learn! Here's how to shoot amazing hummingbird photography that captures these birds'...
The Best Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeders and 12 Tips That Work
Let's be honest: there's no such thing as completely squirrel-proof bird feeders. But you can...
Rainbow Birds: All About Painted Buntings
Painted buntings sport a jaw-dropping rainbow of colors. Learn what males and females look like,...
Look Up High to Spot Stunning Scarlet Tanagers
Birders may spot scarlet tanagers high in forest canopies across the eastern states. During summer,...
5 Silk Moths That Might be in Your Backyard
Discover the amazing silk moths you can expect to find in the garden. See photos...
Grow Mexican Bush Sage for Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Plant Mexican sage in southern butterfly gardens for silvery foliage and fuzzy purple and white...
Cardinal Flower Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Cardinal flower is a great perennial for a butterfly garden with moist soil. Watch hummingbirds...
How to Attract Birds: Offer Food, Water and Shelter
Follow these simple tips to make your yard a dream destination for birds. Learn how...
Get to Know Tough and Tiny Rufous Hummingbirds
Orangey-red rufous hummingbirds are feisty and fierce. Learn to identify males and females, listen to...
How to Identify Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
Look for ruby-throated hummingbirds in the eastern states during summer. See what males and females...
The Top 10 Essential Garden Tools List
With these garden tools, you can tackle just about any job in your yard. Learn...
Water, Bugs and Spiderwebs: More Ways to Attract Hummingbirds
Want more hummingbirds in your yard? Hummingbirds need bugs to eat, water and places to...
12 Beautiful Blue Flowers for Every Garden
Yellows, oranges, and pinks abound in the plant world, but blue flowers sometimes seem harder...
How to Identify Bullock’s Orioles
In the West, oranges and sugar water will attract the Bullock’s oriole to your yard....
How to Feed Orioles: What Do Orioles Eat?
Orioles don't eat birdseed. Experts answer how to feed orioles and what do orioles eat...
Decorate Adorable Flower Pot Easter Eggs
Display your Easter eggs in mini flower pots with flower petal accents for a charming...
How to Identify Baltimore Oriole Birds
This orange bird is a welcome visitor in the spring and summer in the eastern...
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