Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category

Bringing Nature Home + Oak Hill Elementary

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Posted in bees, butterflies, children, destinations, fall plants, garden bloggers, native plants, perennials, raised beds, school gardens, wildlife, young gardeners | 6 Comments »

One of gardening’s biggest thrills is growing food for friends, like beleaguered Monarch butterflies, here on Conoclinium coelestinum. John Dromgoole takes us on a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at The Natural Gardener to explain why to plant for all seasons. Isn’t ...

Plants that Multitask

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 Posted in bees, bulbs, butterflies, destinations, fall plants, garden bloggers on tour, garden structure, healing gardens, herbs, lawn replace, master gardeners, native plants, ponds, rain water collection, wildlife | No Comments »

We know it’s not good to multitask, though plants do it all the time without winding up in a straitjacket. This firebush, (Hamelia patens) gladly screens a patio, feeds all kinds of bees—including carpenter bees—and sustains hummingbirds, too. Everybody's thrilled that ...

A neighborhood unites for wildlife

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 Posted in garden art, garden design, garden structure, groundcovers, lawn replace, native plants, wildlife | 10 Comments »

Well, wasn’t that rain just lovely? Honestly, I thought I’d missed out on spider lily (Lycoris radiata) this year. In just 24 hours, it zoomed up. And I’ve got at least three kinds of mushrooms benefiting my soil and plants ...

What’s in a Name? Actually, a LOT!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 Posted in botany, hummingbirds, native plants, perennials, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Hummingbird bush. Can we even count how many plants have that name? Well, here’s one: Dicliptera suberecta. Indeed, its summer flowers do attract hummingbirds. Dicliptera is also called Mexican honeysuckle. Ah, and SO is Justicia spicigera. Neither are honeysuckle vines; perhaps the ...