I Surrender – To the Wisdom of Plants

As a young gardener getting a whole lot of hands-on experience wrestling out rocks, poison ivy, invasive shrubs and vines, I began doubting the wisdom of traditional garden books - especially regarding double-digging. I could see that plants grew over, around and between rocks in natural areas. Why not find a better way to prepare beds on my rocky mountainside, quit pulling out stones and put plants in the right niches?

By | May 2nd, 2019|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on I Surrender – To the Wisdom of Plants

Early Season Flowers for Pollinators

Climate change has put many co-evolved plants and pollinators out of sync. Beekeepers can monitor their hives and do supplemental feeding. What plants feed early emerging native bees?

By | April 2nd, 2019|Views|Comments Off on Early Season Flowers for Pollinators

It’s All About the Light

When look at translucent flowers like witch hazels with low sun shining through, they’re ablaze with light. Backlighting is pure glowing magic.

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Birds and Bird Feeders Outside My Windows

How to help birds in winter and protect birds from predators and collisions with glass.

By | February 3rd, 2019|How-To's, Views|Comments Off on Birds and Bird Feeders Outside My Windows

Looking Across the Fall Line

Dead and dying trees provide wildlife habitat and are critical to forest health. Let's look at fallen branches and trees as natural resources rather than disposal problems.

By | February 3rd, 2019|Garden Coaching, How-To's, Views|Comments Off on Looking Across the Fall Line

Change of Seasons Out My Window

The transition from fall to winter changes the view out my window. But there are still late fall flowers for pollinators and positive environmental news.

By | December 1st, 2018|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on Change of Seasons Out My Window

Learning From Nature – Take a Hike

If we want to garden in a more ecologically beneficial way, it only makes sense to go outdoors and see what the natural world can teach us. It doesn’t look like much is going on in the woods after most deciduous trees have shed leaves and gone quiet for the winter. But recent woodland walks have given me ideas and inspiration aplenty.

By | November 2nd, 2018|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on Learning From Nature – Take a Hike

Views Out My Windows

Being surrounded by gardens is like living in a wildlife blind. The more native plants I grow right outside the windows, the more critters appear.

By | September 15th, 2018|Views|Comments Off on Views Out My Windows