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lone wolf

A Small Dose of Rewilding

I'm working on a few woodland restoration projects this fall that could benefit from a bit of rewilding. I've been labeling some of my projects as such, in my head at least, because I think it sounds much more romantic than restoration, especially on the heels of rewilding campaigner George Monbiot's eloquent TED talk and 2013 book, Feral. Monbiot echos what David Foreman, who helped establish the conservation think tank, Rewilding Institute, has been preaching since the … [Read More...]

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Getting Native in Lincoln

My city is making strides, bit by bit, in creating areas of partly native plant landscapes. It's certainly good to see. Yet new spaces are still often dominated by the same exotic plants you'd see in any city across the country (Karl Foerster I'm looking at you) and large slabs of impermeable … [Read More...]

Bumble bee on Indian blanket
© Beatriz Moisset

Bumble Bees in the Native Plant Garden

I have discussed bumble bees several times before because they are among the most frequent visitors to the native plant garden, playing a useful role in it. In separate posts I covered their biology, their colonies, their enemies, and their capacity for learning and remembering. Now, let us see what … [Read More...]

Painted Lady butterfly feeding on rubber rabbitbrush flowers. Photo: Susan J. Tweit

Fall Food: What Does Your Garden Offer?

It's easy to get excited about planning and planting in spring, when the season is new and (at least some) catalogs and nurseries are full of a beguiling variety of native plants and seeds. By the time the first hard frosts begin to knock back the garden, we're usually ready to put our tools away … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

Sad when the prey is a wasp

And in This Corner…Active Arachnids

It is Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans) season at my place.  Every year at this time they set up shop…often you’ll find them hovering and protecting their egg sac for weeks.  Momma does tend to the little ones. While technically spiders are not insects as they have 8 legs (they are Arachnids), … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

Not my garden, but a nearby prairie.

Waking to the Moment

It had been a long day; to tell you the truth I don’t remember why, but I’ve been juggling far more things this year than ever before in my life. Sunsets and sunrises seem to be about an hour apart in my world, and I know that if I’m to get to the place where I want to be, this kind of life is … [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...]

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lone wolf

A Small Dose of Rewilding

I'm working on a few woodland restoration projects this fall that could benefit from a bit of rewilding. I've been labeling some of my projects as such, in my head at least, because I think it sounds much more romantic than restoration, especially on the heels of rewilding campaigner George … [Read More...]

Sad when the prey is a wasp

And in This Corner…Active Arachnids

It is Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans) season at my place.  Every year at this time they set up shop…often you’ll find them hovering and protecting their egg sac for weeks.  Momma does tend to the little ones. While technically spiders are not insects as they have 8 legs (they are Arachnids), … [Read More...]

1

Getting Native in Lincoln

My city is making strides, bit by bit, in creating areas of partly native plant landscapes. It's certainly good to see. Yet new spaces are still often dominated by the same exotic plants you'd see in any city across the country (Karl Foerster I'm looking at you) and large slabs of impermeable … [Read More...]

Bumble bee on Indian blanket
© Beatriz Moisset

Bumble Bees in the Native Plant Garden

I have discussed bumble bees several times before because they are among the most frequent visitors to the native plant garden, playing a useful role in it. In separate posts I covered their biology, their colonies, their enemies, and their capacity for learning and remembering. Now, let us see what … [Read More...]

Painted Lady butterfly feeding on rubber rabbitbrush flowers. Photo: Susan J. Tweit

Fall Food: What Does Your Garden Offer?

It's easy to get excited about planning and planting in spring, when the season is new and (at least some) catalogs and nurseries are full of a beguiling variety of native plants and seeds. By the time the first hard frosts begin to knock back the garden, we're usually ready to put our tools away … [Read More...]

Gnarled log garden accent

The Meadow Germinates

Last month I wrote about our desire to establish a mostly native meadow rather than a lawn in front of my new photography studio. You may recall that we’d done a little research and had picked a native seed mix. In early September we had a guy bring his big tractor-mounted tiller and plow up the … [Read More...]

Swamp mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos, with a red-wing blackbird looking on

Yes, We Do Have Native Hibiscus

People who say 'natives aren't showy' have never seen our native hibiscus! Hibiscus moscheutos has a wide distribution in the continental U.S.; from New York down to Florida, and west as far as Utah. Like any plant that grows in so many places, it comes with a slew of common names: swamp mallow, … [Read More...]

Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank' and Solidago rugosa‘Fireworks’

Native Stars of My September Garden

I have a secret to tell you - I'm glad summer is over! While I'm reluctant to admit it, I find the summer garden a bit too demanding on a lot of levels. I'm always glad when the nights turn cool and the stars of my September garden begin to shine, signaling the slow beginning of the end to another … [Read More...]