Native Plants 101: Protecting Your Native Fauna

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 … Continue reading Native Plants 101: Protecting Your Native Fauna

Native Plants 101: Basic Growing Information

Growing Native Plants   Native plants are best for native insects, pollinators, birds, and local wildlife. Plants and animals evolved together, so the ones that are native are always the best for local wildlife. Mix them in with your ornamentals, and you will have a diverse landscape teeming with healthy life! You will have more … Continue reading Native Plants 101: Basic Growing Information

Umbellularia californica – California bay laurel, or Oregon myrtle

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 … Continue reading Umbellularia californica – California bay laurel, or Oregon myrtle

Beneficial Organism of the Week 3

Keeping you entertained and surprised by the beneficial organisms around you, this week it is: How can this be beneficial to us?? Yellowjackets are ferocious and irritating. What possible use could they be? Yellowjackets are ferocious. I was not too bothered by them until I made the mistake of approaching a nest too closely. Yikes. … Continue reading Beneficial Organism of the Week 3

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I see this plant in so many gardens  - do you know what it is? This plant is  possibly the most cryptic and devious noxious weed we have in western Oregon and Washington. I looks so deceptively like it belongs wherever it happens to be - even at the base of a big tree (which … Continue reading Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Virtual bookshelf favorites – Browser bookmarks

The convenience and photo quality of online sources is excellent if you check the source to verify reliability. Any URL that ends in .edu is usually a college or university, and established magazines and societies also have great websites. Try Horticulture, American Horticultural Society and many other specialty groups that concentrate on bulbs, wildflowers, and … Continue reading Virtual bookshelf favorites – Browser bookmarks

Girding for pests and other thoughts on Spring

Slowly but surely, the season is advancing, and Spring will soon be here. The new growing season starts with such optimism! So few weeds, new seedlings to nurture, not much watering to do…then the rude awakening of the first aphid outbreak, sometimes followed by slug devastation or other problems that are visited upon gardeners year … Continue reading Girding for pests and other thoughts on Spring

Fall Is THE Time To Plant!

There is no better time than right now to plant perennials and trees in the Pacific Northwest - and of course bulbs and cover crops. Whether you get your plants through Taylor Gardens, or go to a local plant sale, take advantage of the cool and reasonably dry weather to get some planting done now. … Continue reading Fall Is THE Time To Plant!