Category : Wildlife Gardens

Make Your Own Bee Friendly Garden in 5 Easy Steps

  It was not a surprise but definitely a disappointment to read that bees have been added to the endangered species list for the 1st time. This recent designation is for 7 species of yellow-faced bees native to Hawaii, their…

0 Comments / 622 View / October 21, 2016

Grow a Better Pollinator Garden

  Flowers are the new black — they go with everything — and the advent of the slow flower movement coupled with the revolution in wildlife gardening are leading the trend. Maybe we should call it The Great Flower Revival?…

2 Comments / 1240 View / September 8, 2015

Plant Pick: What You Didn’t Know About Candytuft

  If you’re looking for a fabulous, drought tolerant ground cover with masses of spring flowers this is the plant for you. Candytuft, Iberis sempervirens, is as sweet as it’s name implies. A dutiful show-stopper, with flowers so prolific they brighten…

0 Comments / 685 View / January 21, 2015

More Friday Flowers

  I think I might crave flowers as much as certain, before mentioned, fruits and veggies. They go hand-in-hand. It might be tomato eating season but it’s also game-time for blooms. My chance to glimpse poppies, wildflowers and dote on loads…

0 Comments / 92 View / July 4, 2014

Five Friday Flowers

The ephemeral nature of a garden is a crazy, worldly reminder of something amazing. I love it. From one visit to the next, one week or season to the next, it’s an overflowing source of wonder. I can’t pretend to be a…

0 Comments / 86 View / April 11, 2014

Eight Tips to Create a Butterfly Waystation

We’ve been lucky this year. The honeybees, bumbles and native bees are regular visitors to the garden, but to see a butterfly feels like a treat. If I’m understanding the findings of the Urban Pollinator Project out of the UK correctly, I…

0 Comments / 208 View / August 29, 2013

Frenzied Foraging

The poppies have bloomed.  I have to say that they are suspiciously beautiful, in a way reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland character.  Strangely fascinating.  The honeybees are particularly amazed. I’m already anticipating their day-after-Christmas blues when the last petal falls and there…

0 Comments / 45 View / May 31, 2012

Pollinator Allure: Bumblebees & Native Plant Pollination

  A bumblebee forages on Squaw Carpet, Ceanothus prostratus. Squaw Carpet, also known as Mahala Mat, is one of the first native plants to flower in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada. If you find it you’ll also find…

0 Comments / 25 View / February 3, 2011