Tag Archives: Native Plants

Native Plants to Save Our Pollen Nation!

LOVE THAT SHIRT, ROB! Spotted last week at the U.S. Arboretum during the Lahr Native Plants Sale… If you’d like to buy some great native plants to feed those pollinators, mark your calendars. There’s another great sale coming up on April 15, this time in Baltimore, MD at the intersection of University Parkway and Charles Read More →

Native Plants Provide Fall Color & Feed Wildlife

Want to add some color to a small urban garden while helping out our native wildlife?  Try planting some native perennials. Below are a few of my favorites.   Bees need food throughout the growing season, and there are many native plants that can provide a late-season meal for pollinators. In this photo a bumblebee is Read More →

Planting for Pollinators in DC on Earth Day

This morning commuters across the District were reminded it was Earth Day when representatives from the city’s Department of Energy & the Environment (DDOE) arrived at 13 different Metro stations to hand out seed packets. “Want some seeds to help us plant pollinators?” DDOE Director Tommy Wells repeatedly asked people on their way to work and Read More →

How to Take Good Flower Photos with Your Smartphone

I love taking flower photos in my garden, but I am not always pleased with the results! Strangely, my android smartphone seems to yield the best results, perhaps because my expectations are always low and I’m always pleasantly surprised how my relaxed attitude makes for a better pic. Either way, I wanted to pass on info Read More →

Bumble Bees Provide Another Reason to NOT Rake Leaves

For years now I’ve been proclaiming the many good reasons to stop raking leaves in urban and suburban back yards. Leaves are the perfect mulch, and can increase the biodiversity of your soil. Leaving your leaves in place helps to provide lots of habitat of insects, which in turn provides lots of food for foraging Read More →

Help Document Global Biodiversity in the Great Nature Project

  Join the Great Nature Project National Geographic and the enthusiastic nature lovers working at iNaturalist.org have partnered to host a ten day international celebration of biodiversity. The goal of their “Great Nature Project” is to is to create a database of records that can be accessed by scientists, decision makers and the general public Read More →

Native Plants for Fall Color — Even in November

Need Plants for Fall Color? Think Native and In November You’ll Enjoy the Show As the last of the leaves fall from the trees this month, several native plant species take center stage in the fields and along the forest’s edge, putting on one of the best color shows of the season. Many of those Read More →

Autumn in NYC: Clinton Community Garden

Apartment living for Monarch Caterpillars

Liz Marshall wasn’t expecting to turn her entire apartment into an incubator  monarch caterpillars this summer.  She had only intended to help a few monarchs safely make their way from egg to pupa by protecting them in some small mesh pop-up carriers inside, away from predators. But when the plants she’d sprinkled along the driveway of her Read More →

Alexandria Native Plant Sale this weekend

The big Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale is this Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the 11th anniversary and the 23rd occurrence of this twice-a-year, non-profit, community plant sale.  The event will host 15 vendors from four states! This sale was formerly at another site and known as the Park Fairfax Sale.  Although Read More →

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