Episode 69: Phenology Throwdown for July 2019


Summertime insect life on the farm is intense. Casey describes some of the insect activity she’s been seeing, as well as some of the insects she’s had to kill. Squashing squash bugs is a gruesome task. Luckily, the beautiful courtship dance of a hummingbird brought a much needed distraction.

One of Daniel’s favorite native shrubs is fernbush. It flowers in the middle of summer and has leaves that look like tiny fern fronds. Why aren’t more of us including this beautiful plant in our landscapes? Perhaps Casey’s song will help it gain some popularity.

the fern-like leaves of fernbush (Chamaebatiaria millefolium)

See Also: Awkward Botany’s post about fernbush


This episode aired on Radio Boise in July 2019 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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