Wondering if spiders are our friends? Check out this video and link: http://www.katu.com/amnw/segments/129845188.html Get some great spider info here and here. I can’t say it as well as these guys do, so I’m gonna send you to their pages.
Native plants evolved with a gigantic number of associated microbes, fungi, bacteria, herbivores, and insects. It follows that plants don’t exist by themselves – they need the organisms that helped them adapt and change over the ages. For home gardeners, insect assistants are one of the easiest and most interesting class of partners to manage […]
I’d like to bring this plant to your attention, but first an observation about names. Common names are so interesting, because they reflect local usage – not only of the language but the plant itself. There are tons of European plants with common names that were applied to plants used daily for remedies – a […]
We all like to fill in the spaces in the garden. Some of us have more space than others. Some natives cover more ground, and faster than others. Here’s a link to a few tips. See the sidebar for my handouts with more info about the characteristics of natives in the garden! Botanical Rambles | […]
Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas is not a cherry, although it has cherry-like fruits. The common name comes from the term “cornel” used in the UK to describe the wood, fruit and plant. According to its Wikipedia entry, “Cornus mas, ‘Male’ Cornel, was named so to distinguish it from the true Dogberry, the ‘Female’ Cornel, C. […]
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Soils are under-appreciated in the garden. Many assume that once in the ground, plants just grow, and if you add some fertilizer or compost, that feeds them somehow. Well, it’s much more complicated. I am of the opinion that soil science is very close, if not equal to rocket science. Especially since there are […]