Here’s a list of all the birds we’ve seen here, on our property and in our gardens. Click on the links to see photos we’ve taken. American Crow American Goldfinch American Redstart American Robin Bald Eagle Black-capped Chickadee Blue Jay Brown Thrasher Cedar Waxwing Common Yellowthroat Cooper’s Hawk Dark-eyed Junco Downy Woodpecker Eastern Phoebe European … Continue reading Birds at 1666
Yesterday I found several Monarch Butterflies nectaring on the Joe-pye Weed that’s blooming in the hedge behind the condo.
I want to introduce you to some misunderstood plants. Most of us think of thistles as weeds – most of the ones we see along roadsides and field edges are not native and very aggressive. But there are several native thistles that are well behaved, and will even grow well in gardens. I’ve planted three … Continue reading Native Thistles
If you haven’t checked on it lately, the prairie meadow is blooming and beautiful. Here are a few photos from earlier this week.
A Hawk – which I think is a young Cooper’s Hawk – landed on our balcony this afternoon. It sat and looked around for about 5 minutes, staring in at me at my desk, and then flew away. Thanks to Clay Christensen for this ID.
1666 COFFMAN CONDOMINIUM offers these amenities: * Protected natural areas – UM Golf Course, experimental fields, and Grove Park * Located on city and University bus routes – easy access to Light Rail * Walking distance to St. Paul Campus Gym, pool, running tracks and tennis courts * Spectacular classical renaissance architecture on 6.5 acres … Continue reading Amenities
1666 COFFMAN CONDOMINIUM offers these amenities: * Wonderful natural areas – UM Golf Course, experimental fields, and Grove Park * * Located on city and University bus routes – easy access to Light Rail * * Walking distance to St. Paul Campus Gym, pool, running tracks and tennis courts … Continue reading 1666 COFFMAN AMENITIES
If you go down to look at the prairie garden, don’t be surprised to see that the prairie plants are gone! The plants have grown so tall and thick that, last spring, the new growth had to struggle to get through last year’s stalks. So I decided that, this year, it would be a … Continue reading Fall Clearing in the Prairie Meadow
This is a post about my philosophy of landscaping. In the last few years, I’ve worked with a few groups of folks on choosing plants for the gardens around our building. Everyone has different tastes, and different ideas about what our landscape should look like. I’ve heard both praise and criticisms of decisions that were … Continue reading Native Landscaping
I walked in the gardens today, looking for butterflies, and found lots of both butterflies and dragonflies. The prairie and the wetland garden have a few blooming flowers, and even more that are just getting ready to open.