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Get the story on understory trees and plants

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, garden bloggers, garden design, garden projects, lawn replace, native plants, trees, wildlife | 9 Comments »

Lavender and silver, what a great duo!  But this hoverfly wasn’t zooming in to admire ‘Helen von Stein’ lamb’s ears; it was going for lunch on the asters (Aster oblongifolius). Thanks, Meredith O'Reilly, for reminding me! The fall-blooming asters join almost ...

Px3: Perennial, Pollinators, Powerful

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 Posted in Nurseries, Techniques, bees, birds, butterflies, cat cove, caterpillars, fall plants, garden design, groundcovers, herbs, lawn replace, native plants, wildlife | 11 Comments »

I absolutely fall for fall, when everything explodes at once! A few white-blooming 'Silverado' cenizo (Texas sage) flowers hooked up with re-blooming Iceberg roses and hot weather thryallis. White mistflower (Ageratina havanensis) will pop us a few flowers in spring, but ...

Get past August “Grr” with garden gifts all year long

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 Posted in Summer plants, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, early spring flowers, native plants, philosophy, snow, winter color | 18 Comments »

In August, when gardeners flag “a little,” sometimes we need a boost to get past the “Grrr” and remember the gifts we’ve given ourselves, our neighbors, and our wildlife. In our gardens, we give the gift of life to the creatures ...

Fuzzy Wuzzy Plants

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 Posted in Insects, Summer plants, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, companion plants, lawn replace, native plants | 8 Comments »

When it’s hot enough to scald our eyeballs walking across the street, garden fuzzie wuzzies tame our steaming souls.  Doesn’t this downy silk make you feel cooler already? As you can imagine, the purpose behind this floss inside milkweeds (Asclepia) is ...