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Observations in a Garden: Visitors and Residents

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Few covers have generated as much interest—and delight—as the hummingbird on the cover of the January issue. Brilliantly captured by photographer Bob Wigand, the hummer was actively engaged in what hummers do best: hovering in mid-air as it collected nectar from a flower, while, simultaneously, providing pollination services for the flower.

The flower was actually Delostoma, not Penstemon as noted in the cover caption (our mistake). Regardless of the genus, the relationship between the pollinator and the pollinated represents one of the most intriguing and critical interactions between plant and animal.

Hummers are just one of the many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of visitors to a garden. There are even more residents in the garden, the vast majority of which go about their daily lives unnoticed by the gardener. Most of these critters are invertebrates—insects, mullosks, arachnids, and other “lower” forms of life.

Countless words have been written in books and periodicals about the relatively few “lower” forms of life that create problems for us in the garden—that require some sort of action on our part to prevent them from adversely affecting the way our plants appear or ...

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