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Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a beautiful native wildflower that is an excellent source of pollen and nectar for beneficial pollinating insects. The genus name Asclepias is derived from the...

Meet Your Stormwater Pond

Hi, there. I am your neighborhood stormwater pond. You might call me by a different name, maybe lagoon, lake, or fishing pond, but chances are if you live in a community with a pond, it’s me, your...

May Week 4 Garden Photos

The beauty and diversity of Japanese Maples. Crimson Queen (Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen') Barbara H. Smith, ©2020 HGIC, Clemson University Peaches and Cream (Acer palmatum 'Peaches...

Formosan Termites Take Flight in SC

In parts of South Carolina, Formosan termite swarms have been higher than they have been in recent years. What’s the story? There are eight species of termites in South Carolina. Four species are...

Strawberry Lemon Upside Down Cake

Looking for a refreshing strawberry dessert? This one takes the cake! I’ve used this recipe for strawberry lemon upside down cake for years, altering it along the way with more strawberries and...

Dragonflies

Did you know the beautiful dragonflies you see flying around rivers, ponds, and lakes spend most of their lives underwater?! Their lifecycle begins as adult females dip their abdomens onto the...

Weeds for the Bees

Are you frustrated because there are dandelions and other weeds in your lawn? Did you know that dandelion flowers provide one of the first springtime sources of pollen for bees, butterflies, and...

Salad

When you hear the word salad, what comes to mind? Leafy greens? Chicken? Potatoes? I recently had someone tell me that a salad wasn’t “really” a salad unless it had lettuce in it. From the Merriam...

Insects Feed Baby Birds

As a backyard bird enthusiast, I find watching the bluebird’s life cycle unfold in my yard to be fascinating. Each year, I anxiously await bluebird nesting season and feel a sense of accomplishment...

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