No bugs........with Dr. Doug @ Shepherd Glen*
         No bugs........with Dr. Doug                                                                          @ Shepherd Glen*

For Midwestern home gardeners and naturalists, just for fun!                                                               All my observations, photos, musings etc. on this website are centered on our 10 acres (named Shepherd Glen) in Jackson County Missouri, but I have found that observations (and frustrations) in our area translate pretty well throughout the Midwest.



What's New on !!  

I've added a new article:

  • "Identifying and Managing Vines in the Wild - Not so “di-Vine”. The title reflects the fact that vines are my nemises; even the contributing factor in me breaking my arm!


Click on the "Flora" Tab:

  • The addition of a vine & shrub inventory of our 10 acres
  • The addition of a tree inventory of our 10 acres


Click on "Fauna":

  • More Butterflies and Moths have been added


My Musings:


Horticulturalists (and taxonomists) often name plants after persons making significant contributions to the sciences. You might find interesting who Dahlias, Poinsettias, Wisteria and Zinnias were named after. 



  • Check out the answer to the question: "Why do beets always need to be thinned?"


Timely Topics:


  • Get out the Grape jelly....the Orioles have arrived!
  • ..and so have the Carpenter Bees.I made atrap and I think it will work!


Spring rains have inundated us, but soon we will be complaining on how dry it is, and how we hate to water!


Dr. Doug

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