This tale was originally published by Loret T. Setters on June 13, 2013 at the defunct national blog nativeplantwildlifegarden[dot]com. Click the date to view reader comments and find working links to other stories.
I was out overlooking the pond that has swelled just over the banks with the help of Tropical Storm Andrea and our wondrous afternoon downpours. I love when the dry season ends and the seasonal dry sections become one with the main pond again.
I began to think about how my yard has changed since my move here. I’ve nurtured the natural restoration of many areas that had unceremoniously been clear-cut by former owners. The changes since 2006 are encouraging.
Here’s what I saw:
The return of numerous dragonflies such as this Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata):
Longleaf Pines (Pinus palustris) under cloudy skies:
Snags amongst living pines provide housing for many bird species:
Large bushy Wax Myrtles (Myrica cerifera) providing shelter and food for the birds:
A scrub background of Saw Palmettos (Serenoa repens) with a foreground of Yelloweyed Grass (Xyris spp.) and Sabatia provide cover and food for many:
My addition of a Bald-Cypress Tree (Taxodium distichum) is taking foothold:
LAUREL OAK (Quercus laurifolia), a mere sapling when I got here is reaching majestic heights:
Additions of birdhouses have increased the bluebird population considerably:
Young Longleaf pines finally reaching phase II, bottlebrush stage:
I love seeing the progress and the fauna that has returned due to my shepherding things back to how mother nature intended them to be.