The joys of gardening “with” nature are the unexpected serendipities - like this cardinal fledgling venturing beyond the safety of the hedgerow. Because cardinals are territorial, we can assume that it’s "Dad” - who has been regularly visiting the Teaching Garden for berries and other assorted delicacies to take home to the family and we can consider the brave youngster as one of our own. Cardinal fledglings all look the same. By winter, they will develop the more distinguishing gender plumage. The breeding season ends by September, so this visit marks the last of summer's broods.