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Posted by & filed under Design, Designing with Light, Golden Hour, Health & Wellness, Landscaping, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson Embassy Landscape Group is eagerly anticipating the upcoming roll-out of its new website. Until then, we hope you will continue to join us as we revisit some of our favorite topics.   This article originally appeared 09/19/2018. Updated  9/21/2020     Every now and then it just so happens that you …

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Posted by & filed under Bees, Beneficial insects, Bumblebee, Insects, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson   Embassy Landscape Group is eagerly anticipating the upcoming roll-out of its new website. Until then, we hope you will continue to join us as we revisit some of our favorite topics.   With bees entering their busy season, this article from 04/24/19 seemed like an appropriate choice for today.     …

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  By Sandra Nelson     Embassy Landscape Group is eagerly anticipating the upcoming roll-out of its new website. Until then, we hope you will continue to join us as we revisit some of our favorite topics.   This article originally appeared 09/05/2018. Updated  9/16/2020 A few days ago I took a minute to sit …

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Posted by & filed under Beneficial insects, Spiders, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson     Yellow and Black Garden Spider         Neither an insect nor a “true bug,” this fierce-looking arachnid is a common visitor to the garden. Black and yellow garden spiders (also known as  Corn Spiders or Zipper Spiders) and their impressive orb webs (up to two feet in diameter), …

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Posted by & filed under Landscaping, Spring Blooming Bulbs, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   Embassy Landscape Group is eagerly anticipating the upcoming roll-out of its new website. Until then, we hope you will continue to join us as we revisit some of our favorite topics.   This article originally appeared 11/02/2017. Updated  9/09/2020   As the last remnants of summer’s flowers are fading, it’s time …

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Posted by & filed under Insects, Large Milkweed bugs, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   My butterfly weed has been taken over by bright orange bugs. At first glance, I thought they were lady bugs attacking aphids–  about the right size and shape  —  but before long I knew something else was at work. Almost overnight they had changed into slender insects with long black legs …

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Posted by & filed under Design, design process, Landscaping, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

By Sandra Nelson Embassy Landscape Group is eagerly anticipating the upcoming roll-out of its new website. Until then, we hope you will continue to join us as we revisit some of our favorite topics.   This article originally appeared 11/26/2017. Updated  9/2/2020 It’s hard to think about wintertime when the grass is green, the flowers are …

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Posted by & filed under Beneficial insects, Insects, Parasitic Wasps, Sustainability, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson   Wasps, as a family, have gotten a bad rap over the years. They have been branded as destructive and aggressive, working together in mobs intent on harming every human within the reach of their seemingly enormous stingers.     While some wasps, especially social ones, are nuisance insects, a large number …

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Posted by & filed under Landscaping, Nature and Stress Reduction, Outdoor Living, Uncategorized, Water features

  By Sandra Nelson   It used to be that your choice in water features was limited to a fountain or a pond. While both  could be stunning, they didn’t always fit with the existing landscape or mesh with the environment. Today, there are all sorts of alternatives available, offering the perfect choice for any …

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  By Sandra Nelson     The hummingbird moth is one of nature’s best impostors.  With only a quick glance, you’re sure you’ve seen a baby hummingbird flit by, but a closer look says otherwise.     A frequent late summer garden visitor, hummingbird moths, unlike their other moth cousins, do their flying and foraging …

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