Have you cleaned up your garden?



You may see a mess, but but birds see this.


Seeds! Food, glorious food!


Maybe they haven’t gotten around to picking them out, but they will if you let the flower stalks stand.



One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Here’s a close up of part of a native plant.

Mystery # 142

That’s the only hint I’m giving for this week’s mystery!

See you later!


Does this help any?

Common Milkweed Pod

Or this?

Common Milkweed seeds

Our close up is the seeds of a Common Milkweed, lined up in their pod before the wind and weather have lifted them by the fluff and blown them to a new growing location.

Common Milkweed growing on Reston National Golf Course

Monarch butterflies and other insects are lucky enough to have stands of milkweed on the Reston National Golf Course and many other open space meadows in Reston.

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there! Got a good one for you this week, something seen quite commonly in our suburbs.

Mystery #33

Give it a guess!


This common wildflower is one of the many Goldenrod or Solidago species that claim old field habitats, roadsides or sunny wood edges. It bloomed in late summer and over the fall months, but we just never caught a photo until it dried up. Here’s what you humans will see if you’re rushing by.

Goldenrod, Solidago species

Maybe stop for a closer look next time you see those dried up plants. That’s what Nutmeg is always bugging me to do!


Dried Seedheads

It’s probably misleading to show only color in the fall plants. Plenty just dry to brown. But they are interesting all the same.

Sorry to say we don’t know the name of this one.