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Sitka Spruce Seedling

Adding Conifers

I live just a few miles from the shore of the Salish Sea, on relatively flat land that was blanketed by a mostly coniferous forest up until the arrival of European settlers. It was a land of dense forests with gigantic trunks reaching skyward and a tangled understory of vine maples and shrubs. But that’s not what I see in the three acres of forest on our property. Our land has been logged, and now we look out on a forest of deciduous trees — bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), black cottonwood … [Read More...]

Native Plants

alder shrub with wax currant in front of it

Hedgerow Habitats

Hedgerows are important habitat for birds, mammals and a wide variety of species, providing nesting places, food, and safety. That said, not all hedgerows are created equal. Traditionally hedgerows were edges of fields allowed to fill in with ‘wild’ plants. Today, many hedgerows are comprised of a … [Read More...]

Pearhip (Woods) Rose hips

Rose Hips

Autumn doesn’t come immediately to mind when I think of roses. Since my childhood, roses have been associated with warm summer days and with colorful blossoms emitting rich fragrances that waft across the garden on gentle breezes. We stop in the rose garden and inhale deeply of the heady … [Read More...]

Berlandiera subacaulis, Florida greeneyes, Kevin Songer

Visioning Wildflowers In My World

I am beginning a one year wildflower envisioning event.  For the next three hundred and sixty five days I am going to post to my twitter account, @KevinSonger, a photo or an illustration of a wildflower I encounter in body or mind. Today’s wildflower is Berlandiera subacaulis, Florida … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

multiple stems of fuschia blossoms

This flower smells like chocolate!

While collecting scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata) seeds in my garden this week I was pleasantly surprised to smell chocolate! Then I remembered that the beautiful Nuttall’s sunflowers (Helianthus nuttallii) that surrounded me have the amazing fragrance of chocolate. I’m sure the pollinators agree … [Read More...]

Bella Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix)

A Dozen Diurnal Moths

Diurnal moths fly during the day rather than at night like the majority of moths.  Some are quite pretty and are often mistaken for butterflies.  One way to differentiate between the butterflies and moths is to look at the antenna.  Moths have feathered antenna and butterflies have clubbed … [Read More...]

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A Fond Farewell Bonanza

The folks at Comedy Central contacted me earlier this year, and I'm pleased to say I'll be a correspondent for The Daily Show this fall as their native plant expert. As such, I find it necessary to end my time here at the most wonderful of places on the internet, where so many of us have shared … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

House Wren

A Bestiary: Part Forty-Three ~ Songbirds: House Wren

Just writing the name House Wren Troglodytes aedon, stirs up angst within me. Dogged little creatures, these birds, like all native songbirds, are protected and it is illegal, according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, to remove their completed nests of twigs, snake skins, spider casings, … [Read More...]

Blue Columbine

5 Ways to Keep Your Wildlife Garden in Bloom

Keeping your wildlife garden blooming through the summer can be a challenge especially during periods of drought and high temperatures. The colors of the spring garden rapidly fade but there are ways to keep plants attractive and blooming all season long. First, your garden should include a variety … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Front Porch Prothonotaries — Part TWO

In mid-June we proudly related the exciting story of Prothonotary Warblers nesting on our front porch. Now, in mid-July we are bursting as the “proud parents” of four successfully-fledged chicks! As we wrote in July, the parents were feeding the rapidly growing young every few minutes with all … [Read More...]

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Front Porch Prothonotaries

Just one of the many reasons why we garden for wildlife: Prothonotary Warblers breeding on our front porch! Imagine our excitement on May 17th when we heard the distinctive and emphatic song of a Prothonotary Warbler: “Sweet! Sweet! Sweet!” We each grabbed binoculars and headed out to see where … [Read More...]

While they may bite if you harrass them, they are more inclined to warn you off with a simple flick of the tongue

Slither Here, Slither There

The other day I was doing my daily lap around the pond (on foot, I didn’t swim it ;) ) when I nearly stepped on one of my slithering friends. A demure Peninsula Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sackenii) was scouting through the littoral zone of the pond in search of something good to eat. This … [Read More...]

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Sitka Spruce Seedling

Adding Conifers

I live just a few miles from the shore of the Salish Sea, on relatively flat land that was blanketed by a mostly coniferous forest up until the arrival of European settlers. It was a land of dense forests with gigantic trunks reaching skyward and a tangled understory of vine maples and shrubs. But … [Read More...]

alder shrub with wax currant in front of it

Hedgerow Habitats

Hedgerows are important habitat for birds, mammals and a wide variety of species, providing nesting places, food, and safety. That said, not all hedgerows are created equal. Traditionally hedgerows were edges of fields allowed to fill in with ‘wild’ plants. Today, many hedgerows are comprised of a … [Read More...]

Pearhip (Woods) Rose hips

Rose Hips

Autumn doesn’t come immediately to mind when I think of roses. Since my childhood, roses have been associated with warm summer days and with colorful blossoms emitting rich fragrances that waft across the garden on gentle breezes. We stop in the rose garden and inhale deeply of the heady … [Read More...]

Berlandiera subacaulis, Florida greeneyes, Kevin Songer

Visioning Wildflowers In My World

I am beginning a one year wildflower envisioning event.  For the next three hundred and sixty five days I am going to post to my twitter account, @KevinSonger, a photo or an illustration of a wildflower I encounter in body or mind. Today’s wildflower is Berlandiera subacaulis, Florida … [Read More...]

multiple stems of fuschia blossoms

This flower smells like chocolate!

While collecting scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata) seeds in my garden this week I was pleasantly surprised to smell chocolate! Then I remembered that the beautiful Nuttall’s sunflowers (Helianthus nuttallii) that surrounded me have the amazing fragrance of chocolate. I’m sure the pollinators agree … [Read More...]

Western Trillium foliage

Plant Strategies for Dry Times

A couple of months ago I wrote about the effect of the dry spring and early summer on our native plant garden and woodland. Since then you’ve probably seen photos and heard about the severe wildflowers that have burned hundreds of square miles of eastern Washington. Fire has even burned a large … [Read More...]

Lightweight residential green roof with Dune Daisy, Helianthus debilis by Kevin

Urban Rooftops and Native Plant Preservation

Recently I shared my thoughts about how green roofs in the city can provide important habitat to endangered native plants with The Nature of Cities. While there are many other contributors on the TNOC website with wonderful articles, my thoughts are posted below (as well as within the TNOC site). … [Read More...]

Bella Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix)

A Dozen Diurnal Moths

Diurnal moths fly during the day rather than at night like the majority of moths.  Some are quite pretty and are often mistaken for butterflies.  One way to differentiate between the butterflies and moths is to look at the antenna.  Moths have feathered antenna and butterflies have clubbed … [Read More...]

House Wren

A Bestiary: Part Forty-Three ~ Songbirds: House Wren

Just writing the name House Wren Troglodytes aedon, stirs up angst within me. Dogged little creatures, these birds, like all native songbirds, are protected and it is illegal, according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, to remove their completed nests of twigs, snake skins, spider casings, … [Read More...]

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A Fond Farewell Bonanza

The folks at Comedy Central contacted me earlier this year, and I'm pleased to say I'll be a correspondent for The Daily Show this fall as their native plant expert. As such, I find it necessary to end my time here at the most wonderful of places on the internet, where so many of us have shared … [Read More...]