True Partners

A beetle and bee share this Spiraea latifolia

Valentine’s Day is almost here and sweethearts are planning to get cards, candy and flowers for their true love.  In nature there are partnerships that go beyond affection and I am reminded of it every spring. One such partnership is that between flowers and insects. From the moment that first flower opens, the love begins. […]

Can I Make a Difference?

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How many of you ponder this question? You’re living in a house with a small yard in an urban area. After you plant your tomato and pepper plants, there just isn’t much room left. You hung up a bird feeder – could you do more, you wonder? You hear about the problems with the bees […]

Yellow And Blue Rings True

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Yellow and blue flower combinations are some of the most appealing and at no time is that more apparent in the native wildflower world than in late summer and early fall. I find myself compelled to take pictures when I find them together – if only to capture some of that magic for another day. […]

Native Plants Beyond the Garden

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I love having native plants in my garden. Every moment that I can do so finds me slipping into the garden to find a beautiful flower, a hummingbird sipping on cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), an insect collecting food or collecting prey, and to listen to the sweet song of birds. As much as I love […]

Native Fireworks

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As we celebrate the American Independence Day holiday, several native flowers appear to be celebrating with us. These summer bloomers are bursting out with tempting floral sprays that beckon insects to them. Here they are in all the colors of our traditional fireworks: red, white, blue … and yellow/gold. All blooming now! The happy splay […]

Rudbeckia – Old-Fashioned Favorite

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Remember the good ol’ flowers of yesteryear – as kids we picked bouquets of daisies, black-eyed Susans, Queen Anne’s lace, buttercups … whatever we could find. Those black-eyed Susans were the only native ones in that bunch and their bold colors made them a real standout. Black-eyed Susan is generally the plant classified as Rudbeckia […]

Flowers Aren’t Just Pretty Things

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Flowers have a purpose in this world. Most of them are pretty and humans get a lot of enjoyment from admiring them and smelling their fragrance. I’m a sucker for a good looking one too. Yet I think that most of us know that flowers are part of nature’s plan to procreate itself. Of course […]

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