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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 ...

Glorious grasses & updated garden style

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 Posted in chickens, compost, fall plants, garden art, garden rooms, grasses, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, patios, perennials, raised beds | 2 Comments »

This guy's the star for me this week, picked just in time to beat being freeze-dried. It's all I got from my tiny first-year plant, but under that succulent peel lie big hopes for next year if I fertilize starting ...

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 ...

Plants & Design to Fall For

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 Posted in fall plants, garden art, garden rooms, garden structure, habitat, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, perennials, prairie, recycling | 6 Comments »

I love autumn, my favorite season, really. So do the bees that are abuzz about my fall asters. This frostweed planted itself on a greenbelt fence in a garden we taped last week. The family’s left this section to its ...