In this time of dark winter retreat, it is so much fun to imagine additions to the garden. It's also a good time to locate plants, so they will be available to plant in late winter or early spring for an easy transition to their new landscape life. When I contemplate plants for purchase, I … Continue reading Garden Planning Time…
From some plants' points of view, winter provides an essential chilling period. In climates with seasonal temperature variations, selection has favored seeds that delay germination until the warmth of spring arrives. Then, in soil still moist from winter rain and snow, tiny plants get a good start before the onset of hot dry weather. Woody … Continue reading What’s Winter For?
I've been keeping an eye on this small new landscape in front of an apartment house. Initially I thought it might not stand up through the seasons, but it looked fine spring and summer. Even now it has its good sides: In spring it was pleasant to stand under the cherry blossoms and see them … Continue reading Landscapes that work
If the last several posts on helpful garden residents have piqued your interest, you are now ready to stride confidently into your garden (yes, even in winter) to find and identify the wonderful creatures that await you! Here are some great resources to help you in your search for more diverse and intriguing friends A … Continue reading Beneficial of the Week 5
It's fungi season in the Pacific Northwest! Although we will be fighting mildew and other fungal invasions for the next eight months or so, the benefits of fungi are so numerous, it's hard to know where to start. Some fun facts from Ecology for Gardeners by Carroll and Salt (2004), and Life in the Soil … Continue reading Beneficial of the Week 4
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
This week it's a bird, and you might be surprised that it's a non-native, obnoxious one: STARLINGS! Mostly starlings are considered pests, ever since that guy that thought it was a good idea to import every animal Shakespeare mentioned into North America did, in fact, import them. But one good thing about flocks of starlings … Continue reading Beneficial Organism of the Week 2
Starting a new theme here: Garden Beneficials. I would say "beneficial insects" but so many organisms that keep us alive and healthy are from other orders. You'll see as we get further into this! Here are this week's guests of honor These two tiny millipedes are front-line shredders, so you find them in leaf litter. … Continue reading Beneficial Organism of the Week
Here is a reblog of a compendium of links to good solid info on all things bulbs http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/tips-for-planting-and-growing-flower-bulbsplus-favorites?et_mid=583981&rid=234570001 I recently discovered the Horticulture magazine online presence via Pinterest, and have subscribed by email to some of the free stuff.