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singing in the garden

ets and grasshoppers she can eat. She holds and eats
them just the way you or I would eat an ear of corn, and
drinks her water from a sponge or spoon. In a week or
two she will attach her egg case to the twig I have provided, and I will release her outside. Then, I will tie her
ootheca to the dogwood tree beside my window and,
one day in the spring, I will be greeted by baby mantids
in search of a buggy lunch.

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Butterflies are beauties, mantids are beasts, but both
hold an important place in our gardens and will thrive
if we provide the right habitats. While monarchs can
sip supper from almost any flower, their larvae, those
bright striped caterpillars, eat only milkweed leaves.
This plant is disappearing across America as fields are
replaced by parking lots, so if you have the space, you
should consider planting some milkweed on your
property. It couldn't be easier. Take a child and gather
some of the downy apostrophe-shaped seed pods from
a field. Then carry them home and fling the feathery
contents to the wind.
To attract mantids, consider leaving a bramble of
blackberries untouched, or plant some native roses like
the beautiful Carolina Rose or Pasture Rose. A praying
mantis prefers brambly stems for egg cases.
You can go to the Virginia Department of Game
and Inland Fisheries website, virginia.gov/habitat, for
more information on native plants. There you will find
a printable booklet, called "Habitat at Home" that will
help you create a yard and garden that supports wildlife
and adds interest to your home. The native birds, bees
and bugs will thank you. ī†

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Features
Romance, Reunions and Family Fun for Summe
Mountain Summer: A Photo Essay
When Asheville Took over the 1970sā€™ Paper Dress Fad
Bateaux along the James River
On the Appalachian Trail, the Easy Way
BBQ!
Departments
Letters / Worth a Click
Contributors
From the Editor
Mill Creek Stories
Creature Feature
Mountain Report
The Good Walk
Country Roads
Singing in the Garden
Festivals & Events
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Letters / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Contributors
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 8
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 13
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Creature Feature
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - The Good Walk
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Country Roads
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Romance, Reunions and Family Fun for Summe
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Mountain Summer: A Photo Essay
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 38
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - When Asheville Took over the 1970sā€™ Paper Dress Fad
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Bateaux along the James River
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - On the Appalachian Trail, the Easy Way
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - BBQ!
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Singing in the Garden
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 63
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Guest Column
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 68
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