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Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) along Monarch Spur Trail.

How Plants Work: Showy Milkweed

On my twice weekly runs on the Monarch Spur Trail, a former railroad bed turned popular walking/biking/running route that threads through my small town, I count monarchs on the patches of milkweed that have sprung up alongside the trail as part of our town's trailside habitat restoration project. Yesterday as I chugged along, watching for monarchs, I thought about showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) and its relationships with monarch butterflies and the many other insects that visit its … [Read More...]

Native Plants

Skunk Cabbage foliage

Please Send Rain

It feels like mid-August in Bellingham, not the first of July. The sky has been a clear blue most of the last 30 days and temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s. The last time we got more than a few sprinkles of precipitation was a quarter-inch of rain on May 5 and a tenth of an inch on June 2. … [Read More...]

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How To Start a Native Plant Garden

How do I start? Many people wrestle with this question after deciding they want to transform their yard into a native plant garden. When Susan and Jim Graham first made that decision, they described their existing yard as “ mostly turf grass with an azalea mustache;” a look typical of many … [Read More...]

Amonsia hubrichtii -- a feast for queens.

The Art of Selfless Garden Design

I think there’s a myth out there that good garden design for humans can not also be good garden design for other species (and other humans, in the case of filtering groundwater, cleaning the air, etc). It’s not an either or proposition. Speaking in generalizations, many (not all) garden … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

Adult monarch butterfly on common milkweed
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The Milkweed Community

The monarch season is coming, and gardeners throughout the country are getting ready to welcome them with milkweeds lovingly cultivated in their gardens. They also brace themselves to battle whatever ills may affect the caterpillars. Milkweed bugs and milkweed beetles are seen with hostility. The … [Read More...]

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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...]

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Wildlife Gardens

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Spring Cleanup in the Perennial Garden, Part TWO

Several years ago I wrote Part ONE of this post, “Spring Cleanup, Don’t Overdo It.” Part ONE addressed the first sweep through the garden, breaking the previous growing season’s dead perennial stalks, gathering them up, and laying them loosely somewhere safe, where the coming year’s butterflies and … [Read More...]

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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Birds and Other Wildlife

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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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Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) along Monarch Spur Trail.

How Plants Work: Showy Milkweed

On my twice weekly runs on the Monarch Spur Trail, a former railroad bed turned popular walking/biking/running route that threads through my small town, I count monarchs on the patches of milkweed that have sprung up alongside the trail as part of our town's trailside habitat restoration … [Read More...]

Skunk Cabbage foliage

Please Send Rain

It feels like mid-August in Bellingham, not the first of July. The sky has been a clear blue most of the last 30 days and temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s. The last time we got more than a few sprinkles of precipitation was a quarter-inch of rain on May 5 and a tenth of an inch on June 2. … [Read More...]

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How To Start a Native Plant Garden

How do I start? Many people wrestle with this question after deciding they want to transform their yard into a native plant garden. When Susan and Jim Graham first made that decision, they described their existing yard as “ mostly turf grass with an azalea mustache;” a look typical of many … [Read More...]

sm-sm-w-sig-011

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...]

Amonsia hubrichtii -- a feast for queens.

The Art of Selfless Garden Design

I think there’s a myth out there that good garden design for humans can not also be good garden design for other species (and other humans, in the case of filtering groundwater, cleaning the air, etc). It’s not an either or proposition. Speaking in generalizations, many (not all) garden … [Read More...]

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Florida’s roadside meadow program

I took the long way home from a meeting with my editor at University Press of Florida in Gainesville and Marjorie Shropshire, my illustrator, last year. Marjorie and I stopped to photograph this amazing meadow in Putnam County. (Located in the south central section of district 2 as shown in the map … [Read More...]