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May Lily as a Garden Groundcover

May Lily: A Native Groundcover

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...]

Native Plants

Native rose, Rosa Carolina, smothered by the exotic rose.

Native Plants and Name-Calling

“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...]

quality-equals-quality

Garbage In, Garbage Out

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...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

dozens of purple lupine flowers with white tips

Lovin’ Lupine

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...]

Syrphid flies. Pollinators and biological controls. Their larvae feed on aphids
© Beatriz Moisset

Pollinator Gardens do Double Duty

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...]

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Wildlife Gardens

Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia Sialis) eggs

Identifying Garden Fresh Eggs

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...]

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Hope in Ecological Hopelessness

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...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

Even winged sumac (Rhus copallinum) shows it has heart

Love is In the Air in My Native Plant Garden

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...]

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May Lily as a Garden Groundcover

May Lily: A Native Groundcover

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, … [Read More...]

Native rose, Rosa Carolina, smothered by the exotic rose.

Native Plants and Name-Calling

“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...]

quality-equals-quality

Garbage In, Garbage Out

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...]

dozens of purple lupine flowers with white tips

Lovin’ Lupine

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...]

Syrphid flies. Pollinators and biological controls. Their larvae feed on aphids
© Beatriz Moisset

Pollinator Gardens do Double Duty

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...]

Red-flowering Currant

Planting Time

Spring and fall are both good times to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. There’s less transplant shock when the plants are mostly dormant, and our copious northwest rains keep everything watered well. … [Read More...]

Pedestrian life provides more time with wildflowers

Flowers Of The Field and Rights-Of-Way

Last month we began a short series of posts examining complexity and importance of small, roadside and common field wildflowers. Most of my wildflower sightings occur along the pedestrian corridor between the house we live in here in Palm Coast, Florida and our neighborhood grocery store, Publix … [Read More...]

Examining seeds from an ornamental grass planted in a shopping strip.

Invitations: Sharing Nature With Our Children

“Invitations: Changing as Teachers and Learners" was the title of a book I once read in pursuit of a Masters in Early Childhood Education. In this age of Anthropocene all who have influence in the lives of children have their own obligation to provide invitations - invitations to get outside and … [Read More...]