White Turtlehead: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

White turtlehead (Chelone glabra) is one of those wildflowers that is easy to overlook. For one thing, when it blooms, much showier plants such as Joe Pye Weed, goldenrod, and flat-topped white aster are also blooming, and they tend to steal the spotlight. Also, by the time it blooms, the plants may not look so [...]

Wild Geranium: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

At our old house, wild geraniums (Geranium maculatum) grew every place the lawn mower left alone. Or at least it seemed that way. It was always a pleasure to see them carpeting the woods in mid-May, but I certainly didn't check daily on their progress, as I did with my carefully collected and cultivated trilliums. [...]

Bloodroot: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive, Plant info

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is the first and only native wildflower blooming around here. (Coltsfoot is blooming also, but it's not native.) There is an area of brushy shrubs and saplings steps away from the back deck that has a generous patch of bloodroot. This brushy area has no raison d'être; it seems to merely be [...]

What You Don’t Know About Bugs Could Make Your Garden Better

– Posted in: Book reviews, Habitat gardening, Interviews, Native/Invasive, Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

Jessica Walliser's new book,Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Controlrecently published by Timber Press, turns the gardener's view of insects upside down. Suddenly, they are no longer the enemy, but allies you encourage by the way that you garden. Jessica and I had a lively email "chat" that I hope [...]