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Field Notes: Pampas Grass

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the November 1954 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally.   Pampas Grass is a particularly good ornamental plant and is found in many gardens throughout Bermuda. It flowers magnificently during August and September.  The graceful and ample silky panicles of silvery hue borne on stalks growing up to ten feet high add dignity and character to any garden. The leaves, typically grass-like, are long,…


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Monarch Butterflies in Bermuda 

Among the most beautiful – and recognizable –species of butterfly, is the brilliantly-colored Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. Deep orange with black borders and veins and white spots along the edges of their large wings, they were first reported in Bermuda…


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The Gift That Lasts Forever: Alfred Blackburn Smith Reserve

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in our Fall 2006 issue. Since the publication of this article, Elfrida Chappell has passed away, leaving the property in the care of her family.    What could be sweeter…


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Bermuda Beasts: Diamondback Terrapin

Sometimes known as a mangrove terrapin, you’ll find these little friendly creatures in land-locked brackish water ponds in Hamilton Parish. They are classified as a level 2 protected species and declared to be Vulnerable under the Protected Species Act. Find…


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Field Notes: The Screw Pine

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the September 1954 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally.   One of the more curious trees found growing in Bermuda is the Screw…

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4 Important Bermuda Ponds

In general, Bermudians don’t pay much attention to ponds. For many years they were believed to be wholly unimportant ecosystems, and in the early days of the island many of them were used as trash dumps, or filled in. Now,…