Tag Archives: Wildlife Gardening

Monarchs Nectaring on Pineapple Sage

I was pleasantly surprised to look out the window during my lunch break today and see two monarch butterflies nectaring on my pineapple sage. Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is one of those plants I like to include in my herb garden for both aesthetic and culinary reasons; the leaves make a yummy addition to iced Read More →

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 →

Monarch Caterpillar, Here’s Hoping You Make it to Mexico

I was delighted to find this monarch caterpillar in our garden today, munching away on some Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). We used to see monarchs on a regular basis, but in the last few years these visitors have become very rare in my wildlife garden. My own anecdotal observations match what scientists who study these beautiful orange, 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 →

Hey Maryland Residents: Want Free Trees?

  This week I’m posting a note/guest post from Aubin Maynard, an environmental planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.   How would you like 5 to 25 tree seedlings at no cost to you through the Maryland Forest Service’s Backyard Buffer program? This program was created to help landowners that own less than 6 acres 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 →

Hey DC: Seen any rabbits lately?

For some gardeners, rabbits seem as voracious and as ever-present as that other garden gobbling mammal, the white-tailed deer. They run across streets at dusk flitting out from under shrubs to eat every newly planted flower to the ground. But in other neighborhoods, the Eastern Cottontails have all but vanished from the landscape, remaining only as Read More →

Welcoming Wildlife to an Urban Garden

Welcoming Wildlife to Your Urban Garden Join me tomorrow, April 18, 2015 @ 2pm at Community Forklift in Edmonston, Maryland for a workshop about urban gardening for wildlife. FREE! City lots and balconies may be small, but the actions taken in our tiny backyards can add up to a big difference for creatures like dragonflies, Read More →

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