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Golden ragwort, (Packera aurea), a great groundcover.

Golden Ragwort: Groundcover Gold

  Everyone is looking for groundcovers these days, and if we let go of the idea that a groundcover has to be short and have blades, a whole new world is opened up. Packera aurea is a plant with an awful name but a lot to offer to those looking for a good way to cover space with something beside grass. Packera’s most common common name is ragwort, which makes it sound like something sneezy and tattered. However, it's neither. It’s a robust and cheerful plant sending out a profusion … [Read More...]

Native Plants

Adult monarch butterfly on common milkweed
© Beatriz Moisset

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...]

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...]

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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

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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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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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Golden ragwort, (Packera aurea), a great groundcover.

Golden Ragwort: Groundcover Gold

  Everyone is looking for groundcovers these days, and if we let go of the idea that a groundcover has to be short and have blades, a whole new world is opened up. Packera aurea is a plant with an awful name but a lot to offer to those looking for a good way to cover space with something … [Read More...]

Gdn Cleanup-Part Two(001) w-sig

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...]

Adult monarch butterfly on common milkweed
© Beatriz Moisset

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...]

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...]