Sometimes we have large swaths of ground that we’d like to cover. In the Pacific Northwest there are several plants that can fill that niche, but today I’ll highlight just one that’s beginning to come into bloom. May Lily, aka False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum, thrives in moist, somewhat shady woods from Alaska to California. The foliage emerges in April, followed by flower stalks covered in tiny white blossoms in mid-May that produce small berries in mid-summer, turning from … [Read More...]
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“Multiflora rose provides lots of nectar and pollen for insects and it’s a good nesting site for birds; but those Native Plant Fundamentalists (NPF) will not admit its value;” ~or at least, so went a conversation recently observed on that mighty purveyor of information: Facebook. Two strands of … [Read More...]
Garbage in-Garbage out. I had never even heard this phrase until a meeting with a reputable design/build company at a landscaping brainstorming session at a mega water park in the Wisconsin Dells. I was part of the discussion, as they wanted to incorporate native plants into their African … [Read More...]
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) is a stoutly built songbird of the Cardinalidae family. The male's beauty of black, white, and red is surprising especially below the black throat where red escapes a bib and trickles down the center of his breast like paint flowing free from form on … [Read More...]
Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects
It’s colorful. It spreads slowly. It’s fragrance is amazing. It fixes nitrogen in the soil. It attracts pollinators. It is the larval host for several species of moths. One of our most commonly found native wildflowers, Lupine is undoubtedly one of our most beautiful. I am continually delighted … [Read More...]
More gardeners are learning about pollinators and creating habitat for them. It warms my heart when I see them selecting plants beneficial to pollinators, converting portions of the lawn into flower plots, cutting down on pesticides, and creating the right conditions for pollinators’ nests. Many … [Read More...]
Someone asked me recently about creating a butterfly garden and what plants they should include. This person was looking for a list of larval host plants (caterpillar food) so they could include these plants in their garden plans along with nectar plants. This is the right approach when designing a … [Read More...]
Last month my post showed the power of love in my native plant and wildlife garden with photos of an array of mating critters. This month it seems the seeds have been planted, so to speak, and the eggs are arriving. Most obvious would be the bluebirds, that have had several broods each … [Read More...]
Thirty-nine months later and the birds keep flying into my A Bestiary — Tales from a Wildlife Garden. Return migrations are underway and this author is longing to see and hear our returning resident birds when the mountains of snow have melted. When spring rescues all the inhabitants, indoors and in … [Read More...]
We are remaking the world in our own image. From carbon emissions to water use, to shifting climate zones and exotic plant choices, to habitat loss and oil extraction, not one square inch of this world is unaltered. It’s far easier psychologically to reframe this sad reality with hope – hope that … [Read More...]
Birds and Other Wildlife
On our sister site, Beautiful Wildlife Gardens, I discussed gardening for desert birds. On this site which is more about native plants, I an going to discuss a few of the plants you can consider for your bird garden. The plants can fall into two categories – plants for food, and plants for … [Read More...]
It’s that time of year! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day 2015, so I thought I would share the annual lovefest in my garden. I attribute my many reproducing critters to having the host plants they need to survive. They are the native plants that grace my wildlife garden. A different kind of love … [Read More...]
American Robins Turdus migratorius, run along the ground like sentinels wearing gray and warm orange-brown breasted coats. When I look out in the fall and early spring after the snow has melted, I imagine the ground is moving for the numbers of robins stalking and stopping to stare at the earth in … [Read More...]