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The Dandelion Strategy: Why Dandelions Are Such Successful Plants

Posted by on May 12, 2022 in flowers, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

The Dandelion Strategy: Why Dandelions Are Such Successful Plants

Flowers are publicity, and dandelions excel at the marketing game. That bright yellow beckons pollinators, and each flower head has hundreds of individual blossoms.

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Why Do Butterflies Love Puddles?

Posted by on May 4, 2022 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Why Do Butterflies Love Puddles?

Butterflies seek out puddles, drawn to their muddy margins as though to a garden of flowers. It’s not nectar they’re after. They absorb salts. minerals, and nutrients they need to survive.

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Bird Bathtub

Posted by on Apr 26, 2022 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Bird Bathtub

Birds dive into a puddle like kids playing in the pool. But all that splashing isn’t just for fun. Birds need to bathe their feathers often to keep them in peak flying condition.

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Why Do Kids Love Puddles?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2022 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Why Do Kids Love Puddles?

Why is it that as soon as kids can toddle, they head for the nearest puddle? A puddle is just the right size for the smallest explorers.

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Hello, Puddle!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2022 in Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Hello, Puddle!

So there’s this mud puddle. It sits at the bottom of my driveway—a long country driveway that dips in the middle and rises again, and at the lowest point there’s always this puddle. In the driest days of August, it’s just a skim of mud. But in spring the puddle fills with rain, and sometimes threatens to rise over your ankles—it gets deep enough to guard the house like a moat. The Fed Ex folks and mail carriers hate it. People with freshly washed cars hate it. My entire family hates it, and frequently beg me to yield and get the driveway blacktopped already. But I won’t. Because butterflies...

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In Praise of Mud Puddles

Posted by on Jan 28, 2022 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

In Praise of Mud Puddles

What good is a mud puddle? It’s a watering hole and Home Depot for a whole host of tiny wildlife.

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