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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 whole area so we could plant. I picked out the biggest rocks, hacked off and pulled out as many wisteria roots as I could (there used to be a giant wisteria on a fence we had to remove), and spent two … [Read More...]

Native Plants

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...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

multiple species of bees on Beeplant flowers

Wow! This is stunning!

Look at all these bees! Looking for a colorful, showy, easy to grow, deer-proof native plant that attracts a host of pollinators for your wildlife garden? Here it is! Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Cleome serrulata PURSH) aka Stinking Clover, Navajo Spinach, and Skunk Weed has to be one of the most … [Read More...]

Unidentified tachinid flies mating
(Lespesia archippivora resembles this fly)
© 2006 Beatriz Moisset

More Garden Friends: Parasitic Flies

The number of insects that help gardeners keep pest populations down is amazing. In addition to the familiar ones - lady beetles, praying mantises and lacewings - a huge assortment of lesser known pest warriors lives in a healthy garden. Among them, parasitic flies and parasitic wasps are prominent … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

Monarch & milkweed soup.

Monarchs With a Vengeance

I remember the day distinctly. July 15 of this year -- also my birthday, also my parent's wedding anniversary. One of my dozen or so Liatris ligulistylis had opened its first bloom and I thought nothing of it. Summer was progressing at warp speed, more warpier with each passing year. In 2013 I … [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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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...]

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Fall Foliage in the Desert Southwest

Many in our area have moved to the Southwest from “back East” and become nostalgic as the days shorten into autumn - they miss the colorful fall foliage.  Fear not!  You can enjoy brilliant fall foliage in your own landscape with judicious planting of these Southwest native plants! Mexican … [Read More...]

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Trust The Process

Starting a new wildlife garden can seem overwhelming, but break it down into easy steps and Trust the process.... Words that have become my mantra lately as I obsess about train for my first marathon in October. The nervous anticipation of my Saturday long runs are alleviated when I refer to the … [Read More...]

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The Many Faces of Primrosewillow

Family Onagraceae                     Genus Ludwigia I’ve grown quite fond of Primrosewillow (Ludwigia spp.).  They provide bright yellow spots in moist to wet landscapes primarily in the Southeastern United States.*  {click on the subordinate taxa tab in the database to find the native most … [Read More...]