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Snowy peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range rising above town.

Gardening As If We Belong

For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children's future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it. --Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants As the snow has piled on the mountains above my small high-desert valley for the past two weeks, transforming bare rocky slopes to a sparkling wonderland of billions of tiny crystalline water … [Read More...]

Native Plants

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What’s the Impact of an Early Spring?

Here on the west side of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest it sure feels like spring arrived before Valentine’s Day this year. We’ve had unseasonably warm days, been blessed with blue skies and sunshine, and have had mostly mild nights with just an occasional light frost. I’ve had a couple of … [Read More...]

Salvia lyrata, copyright 2015 Kevin Songer

Wildflowers, Real Imagination and Disability

Perspective is a great teacher. I used to hike into Florida wilderness and swamps, deep into the flat woods in search of the occasional rare and unusual wildflower beauty. Many times my hard efforts were rewarded with surprise filled joy of witnessing a bloom of seldom seen ephemeral … [Read More...]

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Native Plant Solutions

In a world where we are so often focused on problems, what a pleasure it is to discover solutions, especially solutions provided by native plants. This spot, once a source of many problems, is now an ecologically functional wetland providing habitat for plants and wildlife, and a learning laboratory … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

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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Falling in Love Harder

Have you had your heart broken in the garden? I’m not talking about human love – not teddy-bear-chocolates Valentine’s Day love that's momentary and overly sweet. No, I’m talking total and complete breaking open to a moment or experience. Maybe you had it in a woodland or prairie, or on the ocean or … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

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Water in the Winter Wildlife Garden

Wildlife needs are pretty basic: food, cover, and water. Posts at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens often address FOOD in the way of native nectar plants and native berry-producing plants. I’ve had fun addressing COVER: how you can help birds and other wildlife avoid becoming a predator’s next … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Snowy peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range rising above town.

Gardening As If We Belong

For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children's future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it. --Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of … [Read More...]

Skunk Cabbage

What’s the Impact of an Early Spring?

Here on the west side of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest it sure feels like spring arrived before Valentine’s Day this year. We’ve had unseasonably warm days, been blessed with blue skies and sunshine, and have had mostly mild nights with just an occasional light frost. I’ve had a couple of … [Read More...]

Salvia lyrata, copyright 2015 Kevin Songer

Wildflowers, Real Imagination and Disability

Perspective is a great teacher. I used to hike into Florida wilderness and swamps, deep into the flat woods in search of the occasional rare and unusual wildflower beauty. Many times my hard efforts were rewarded with surprise filled joy of witnessing a bloom of seldom seen ephemeral … [Read More...]

L1240024

Native Plant Solutions

In a world where we are so often focused on problems, what a pleasure it is to discover solutions, especially solutions provided by native plants. This spot, once a source of many problems, is now an ecologically functional wetland providing habitat for plants and wildlife, and a learning laboratory … [Read More...]

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It’s Showtime!

Time to gear up! Drum up new business! Connect with existing clients and contractors! Fun...yes. Exhausting...yes. As many of you in the industry probably know, staffing a booth at a show is mentally and physically exhausting. Behind perceived vibrant faces trying to engage you in a … [Read More...]

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...]

wake us

Falling in Love Harder

Have you had your heart broken in the garden? I’m not talking about human love – not teddy-bear-chocolates Valentine’s Day love that's momentary and overly sweet. No, I’m talking total and complete breaking open to a moment or experience. Maybe you had it in a woodland or prairie, or on the ocean or … [Read More...]