Category Archives: Beech Habitat Garden

Monarch Tracking Site

If you’re like me, you may be wondering if there are any monarch butterflies this year!  Here is a monarch butterfly site (Journey North) that explains their migration, and shows results and challenges this year.

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Getting Rid of Dog Strangling Vine

A great video from the Toronto Botanical Gardens about controlling dog strangling vine.  Important things to remember: If you can’t remove the plant, cut off the flowers & seeds Removing the roots of small/young plants works well For larger plants, … Continue reading

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Milkweed & Butterflies…

Monarch butterflies have seen drastic declines in the last few years, due to loss of habitat.  The following 2 links describe dog strangling vine which is a noxious weed, and butterfly weed which is an orange milkweed, much loved by monarch butterflies & their … Continue reading

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Video: Milkweed & Monarch Butterflies

With lots of milkweed plants at both Beech Habitat Garden, and our new Beach Hill Gardens, here is a gorgeous video showing the importance of milkweed for monarch butterflies.  Great photos of the life cycles for both. Although larvae eat … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Pollination

Here is a gorgeous YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xHkq1edcbk4#at=230

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The document shown below describes plants that were planted in Beech Habitat garden. The following information is provided:  category (e.g. tree, evergreen, shrub), name of plant, location in garden, type of bird that the plant attracts, and ‘appeal’ (why the … Continue reading

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Butterfly Identification

Habitat Garden is a new garden for us this year that was designed to provide habitat for birds & butterflies.   To help you identify butterflies that you may see, you can use these links: http://vankempen.ca/OntarioButterflies.htm http://torontobutterflies.blogspot.ca/ http://insects.about.com/od/butterfliesmoths/tp/sixbutterflyfamilies.htm

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