Reflections of a Native Plant Garden

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.

reflectionsCloudsBackGateI 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):

reflectionsJune2013Dragonfly
Longleaf Pines (Pinus palustris) under cloudy skies:

reflectionsPines
Snags amongst living pines provide housing for many bird species:

reflectionsPinesA
Large bushy Wax Myrtles (Myrica cerifera) providing shelter and food for the birds:

reflectionsWaxMyrtle
A scrub background of Saw Palmettos (Serenoa repens) with a foreground of Yelloweyed Grass (Xyris spp.) and Sabatia provide cover and food for many:

reflectionsPalmettoYellowGrass
My addition of a Bald-Cypress Tree (Taxodium distichum) is taking foothold:

reflectionsBaldCypress
LAUREL OAK (Quercus laurifolia), a mere sapling when I got here is reaching majestic heights:

reflectionsOak
Additions of birdhouses have increased the bluebird population considerably:

reflectionsbirdhouseA
Young Longleaf pines finally reaching phase II, bottlebrush stage:

reflectionsYoungPine
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.

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