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A favorite nectar source for monarch butterflies in late summer, rough blazingstar was in full bloom during the tour.

Native Plantings in Public Spaces: Beautiful and Functional

Last night I attended an organized native plant landscape tour by the local Wild Ones chapter. The tour included three different public sites: a prairie maintained by local volunteers, a business and municipality. We often tour residences to see how individual homeowners are using native plants in their landscapes so this was especially interesting to see that public places can support native plantings if there is a willingness or desire to do so. The Friends of the Trail (three dedicated … [Read More...]

Native Plants

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Deadly Beauty

I've been checking in daily with the ambush bugs that live in the yellow coneflowers that line my driveway, as  they both fascinate and creep me out...kinda like watching reruns of The Twilight Zone. I can see why they inspired the creation of a comic book character that aspires to be both villain … [Read More...]

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Questions for Your Nursery

When shopping for native plants there are a few very important questions to ask your local nursery before buying anything. Are neonicotinoids used by grower of these native plants? Most wildlife gardeners are choosing plants that will support native pollinators: bees, butterflies, and other … [Read More...]

Monarch & milkweed soup.

Monarchs With a Vengeance

I remember the day distinctly. July 15 of this year -- also my birthday, also my parent's wedding anniversary. One of my dozen or so Liatris ligulistylis had opened its first bloom and I thought nothing of it. Summer was progressing at warp speed, more warpier with each passing year. In 2013 I … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

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Keeping your Native Wildlife Garden Lush

Native plants are tough and will thrive with little care - right?  We've all heard that.  Low maintenance! Use native plants!  That’s what we often hear but getting native plants to thrive in your wildlife garden may take some care. In the heat of midsummer many native plant gardeners are … [Read More...]

Ichneumonid wasp
© Beatriz Moisset

In Praise of Wasps II. The Stingless Ones

  Wasps are a gardener's friends. They dispose of huge numbers of insects, most of them unwanted pests. Last time, I discussed the hornets and yellowjackets, the ones that you are inclined to mistrust because of their painful and sometimes apparently unprovoked stings. These are the … [Read More...]

Rocky Mountain Beeplant blooming with Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseous). Photo: Susan J. Tweit

Beeplant: Pollinator Magnet

I knew Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Cleome serrulata) from my years as a wild land botanist in the northern Rockies, but I had never thought to use this tall, pink-spired annual wildflower in the garden. Until Joe, the tidy homeless guy my late husband and I allowed to use an old railroad shed on our … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

A beautiful scarlet rosemallow (Hibiscus coccineus) lights up the edge of the pond. In 2009 there is some Salvinia around the edges of the pond, but it was knocked back by a cold winter.

Managing a natural pond

Trouble in paradise Last month I wrote about how much we have enjoyed our front pond in The joys of a Florida pond, but in 2011 the whole surface of the pond had become totally covered by a noxious invasive with a cute name—water spangles (Salvinia minima). It had probably come in as a hitchhiker … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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300 Cheeseburgers a Day

  I hadn’t realized how much I usually do in a day until we moved to town in fall, after the big flood that chased us out of our house. Six months of town life made me pack on pounds so fast I actually googled “rapid weight gain,” absolutely convinced that I must have some weird metabolic … [Read More...]

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Eastern Box Turtle in a Wildlife Habitat

Several great posts have been written about the Eastern Box Turtle recently by Team Members Christina Kobland and Helen Yoest .  I’d like to add a South Jersey perspective.  Our half-acre property in rural Cape May County has attracted over eighteen different Eastern Box Turtles in the past five … [Read More...]

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Vital Velvet Mesquite

  One very popular tree in our Southwestern landscapes is the mesquite tree. The native velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) is a graceful tree offering refreshing shade in the landscape, a tree that is also used as a source of food, shelter, and medicine for all manner of desert … [Read More...]

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ambush-bug-sits-and-waits

Deadly Beauty

I've been checking in daily with the ambush bugs that live in the yellow coneflowers that line my driveway, as  they both fascinate and creep me out...kinda like watching reruns of The Twilight Zone. I can see why they inspired the creation of a comic book character that aspires to be both villain … [Read More...]

Trillium erectum 3 sm

Questions for Your Nursery

When shopping for native plants there are a few very important questions to ask your local nursery before buying anything. Are neonicotinoids used by grower of these native plants? Most wildlife gardeners are choosing plants that will support native pollinators: bees, butterflies, and other … [Read More...]

Monarch & milkweed soup.

Monarchs With a Vengeance

I remember the day distinctly. July 15 of this year -- also my birthday, also my parent's wedding anniversary. One of my dozen or so Liatris ligulistylis had opened its first bloom and I thought nothing of it. Summer was progressing at warp speed, more warpier with each passing year. In 2013 I … [Read More...]

native landscaping in very dry area

Keeping your Native Wildlife Garden Lush

Native plants are tough and will thrive with little care - right?  We've all heard that.  Low maintenance! Use native plants!  That’s what we often hear but getting native plants to thrive in your wildlife garden may take some care. In the heat of midsummer many native plant gardeners are … [Read More...]

Ichneumonid wasp
© Beatriz Moisset

In Praise of Wasps II. The Stingless Ones

  Wasps are a gardener's friends. They dispose of huge numbers of insects, most of them unwanted pests. Last time, I discussed the hornets and yellowjackets, the ones that you are inclined to mistrust because of their painful and sometimes apparently unprovoked stings. These are the … [Read More...]

Rocky Mountain Beeplant blooming with Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseous). Photo: Susan J. Tweit

Beeplant: Pollinator Magnet

I knew Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Cleome serrulata) from my years as a wild land botanist in the northern Rockies, but I had never thought to use this tall, pink-spired annual wildflower in the garden. Until Joe, the tidy homeless guy my late husband and I allowed to use an old railroad shed on our … [Read More...]

A beautiful scarlet rosemallow (Hibiscus coccineus) lights up the edge of the pond. In 2009 there is some Salvinia around the edges of the pond, but it was knocked back by a cold winter.

Managing a natural pond

Trouble in paradise Last month I wrote about how much we have enjoyed our front pond in The joys of a Florida pond, but in 2011 the whole surface of the pond had become totally covered by a noxious invasive with a cute name—water spangles (Salvinia minima). It had probably come in as a hitchhiker … [Read More...]

Timbleberry foliage

On the Edge

The first of August is a quiet time in our Pacific Northwest garden. Most of our native plants have finished blooming. We're in the middle of our summer dry season, and even the fruit on the thimbleberries, salmonberries, and elderberries are all gone. I went for a walk around the edge of our … [Read More...]