Archive for the ‘fall plants’ 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 ...

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 ...

Tempting Trees and Fall Fun

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 Posted in fall plants, frost protection, garden art, lawn replace, trees, water features | 5 Comments »

On the way to the recycling bin, I stopped in my tracks.  Wow, a Monarch butterfly chowing down on ‘Butterpat’ chrysanthemums! I dropped the stuff and slowly backed up to get the camera. Good luck to me that it wasn’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 ...