Content about nature

A listener finds a gray tree frog in a surprising place.


Eastern King Snake

Jul 1, 2015

The Eastern King Snake is a powerful constrictor.

Snake Eats Snake

Jun 30, 2015

  A listener finds a snake eating a snake!

Pickerel Weed
By Cephas (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Pickerel Weed grows in marshes and shallow water and is loved by insects


  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. In 1975 Walter Jablonski registered the first ever “re-blooming” day lily – Stella de Oro. Although many day lily cultivars bloom for four to six weeks, a re-blooming daylily may flower from spring until frost. Stella de Oro, more commonly called Stella d’Oro, is a small orange day lily blooming from May through the summer. Happy Returns, a yellow re-bloomer, followed Stella, and now re-bloomers come in many colors.

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Day lilies are native to Japan, China and other Asian countries but have naturalized here and you see the old orange ditch lilies on many back country roads. Yellows and oranges were the dominant colors until Dr. Arlow Stout of the New York Botanical Gardens began hybridizing work and now flowers come in all colors except blue! By increasing the number of chromosomes in the plant, creating tetraploids, new cultivars have thicker and more substantial flower petals and dramatic differences exists in shape and color patterns. Day lilies are very easy to hybridize and thousands of named cultivars exist. The American Hemerocallis Society has a registration process where new hybrids are entered into the system. You can even reserve a name for a day lily you hope to create – maybe someone will breed a Making It Grow day lily – I’m guessing it will be in the category “unusual form” - just like my hats!!!

Wheel Bug Nymph
JoeOfTheWiki at English Wikipedia

  Listeners are reporting these nymphs all around South Carolina.

Eyed Click Beetle, Alaus occulatus
By Henryhartley (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

  Rudy helps identify a "click beetle" for a third-grade class.

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Hemerocallis is the genus for day lilies and that name combines two Greek words – hemera meaning “day” since an individual flower lives for only one day and kallos which means beauty. Although the flowers do open in the morning and die in the evening, the flowering stalk, called the scape, can have many buds and a healthy plant can have numerous scapes – giving you fresh flowers each and every morning for weeks and weeks. Day lilies comes in early, mid-season, and late flowering varieties so you can have areas of calm pastel or riotous color in your garden from early spring through October. The main flowering season is June and many people like to shop for day lilies right now so they can see what they are getting. Day lilies are among the most popular pass-along plants as they need to be divided every couple of years for healthy foliage and the optimum number of blossoms.

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Secluded Gardens on Serenity Lane in Lexington, is an official display garden or the American Hemerocallis Society. Team Making It Grow visited homeowner Gail Buff there recently and boy, oh, boy – it was hard to stay serene in the midst of such beauty and vivid color. Hundreds and hundreds of day lilies in a vast array of flower forms and colors were in full bloom. Gail told us the history of the property, once part of her grandparent’s farm, and she has incorporated all sorts of found treasures that relate to her Wingard family past. Shovel heads have become faces, tree stumps serve as focal points and elevate containers filled with other blooming plants, and old equipment link this modern garden to its agricultural roots. When Gail divides her daylilies she takes the extras to her sister Delores Wingard Steinhauser at Wingard’s Nursery and also shares them with Columbia Green.

A Yellow Rat snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener reports being surprised by a Yellow Rat Snake one day as she approached her car.

The Rosy Maple Moth. This one was found in Durham, NC.
Rhododendrites (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

  A listener in Clarendon County reports sighting this beautiful moth, common in South Carolina.

  Rudy shares some of his favorite quotes about summer.

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Recently Team Making It Grow filmed a Day Lily Display Garden in Lexington, Secluded Gardens. The major day lily organization in this country, the American Hermerocallis Society, awards this distinction to gardens that meet certain requirements including numerous types of day lilies grown – there are all sorts of different flower styles, color patterns, and sizes. South Carolina has nine gardens scattered throughout the state that have been chosen as official display sites. All except for Clemson Extension’s SC Botanical Garden are private gardens or growers. Right now day lilies are at their peak and there’s probably a display garden near you. The protocol is to call and arrange a time that suits both the homeowner and you. At the American Hemerocallis Society website,, you’ll find the lists of not only the display gardens arranged by states but also day lily clubs which welcome and share information with new members.

  This year, Fathers' Day is also the longest day of the year.

A Brown Water Snake via Wikimedia Commons

Sighted hanging on a limb at Congaree National Park, the Brown Water Snake are common on the coastal plane, but are moving toward the piedmont.

  The Land Planarian is a terrestrial flatworm is an invasive species.

Indian Pink, Pisgah National Forest
T.G. Barnes

  This plant loves rich soil and is often found among hardwoods.

American White Pelican
By Dick Daniels (

  There has been an increase in sightings of White Pelicans in South Carolina.

  On a trip to Arizona, Rudy finds many birds that also visit South Carolina.

Broad-Headed Skink
By Nvillacortabuer (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

  A listener finds a Broad-Headed Skink on the back porch. A nice creature to have around the house, Rudy says it's one of the best roach killers he knows.

A Snake in the Yard

Jun 10, 2015
Southern Copperhead
Michael Page, 06-27-09, Atlanta, Georgia

  A listener's pet finds a snake in the yard. Is it one to be cautious of?

Eastern Milk Snake, or, Red Milk Snake
BillC at English Wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons

  A North Carolina asks Rudy to identify a snake they had photographed. It turns out to be a type not common in South Carolina.

  Rudy shares some of Charles Dudley Warner's words about the value we place in owning a patch of earth we can call our own.

A White Frog?

Jun 5, 2015

  Many listeners report sightings of "a white frog." What they are seeing is a Copse Gray Tree Frog.

  A listener helps shield a Killdeer nest where the mother bird is protecting its young.

  A listener finds a Red-Bellied Water Snake and wonders if it's venomous. Rudy tells us that it's not; but, it's still not to be trifled with!

  A Grey Egret hunts in the front yard of a Charleston home...

  A listener accidentally traps a fierce looking creature--surely something this big and mean looking isn't an opossum...?

  The Starfish Stinkhorn Mushroom doesn't always look like a starfish--it starts out as small white ball.