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June 30, 2015
Digging up Oenothera for transplanting elsewher

Rebalancing your Plant Portfolio

I’ve noted before that a basic principle of natural landscaping is to allow plants to move around, filling in gaps and finding their preferred niche. It never ceases to amaze me how sensitive some plants are to very small changes in habitat conditions and how they will seek their preferred location if allowed. Likewise few plants read the books and […]
July 24, 2014

Butterfly Musings – Are numbers down this year?

I could be wrong. I hope I’m wrong, but it sure seems that the number of butterflies on my property and elsewhere in my local travels are down this year. Having one’s own meadow allows for frequent and regular observation of all things meadow related. In my case I not only observe the plant life as it progresses through the […]
July 25, 2012

“Onesies”, Uncommon plants, and Rare Visiting Butterflies

For those of us who have studied design, there are various principals that are often adhered to in order to create “good” designs. Several of these principals lead many landscape designers to avoid single instances of plants (“Onesies”) and the use of uncommon plants. And for valid reasons at times – a single instance of a given plant can lack […]
June 6, 2012

Embracing Change and an Unusual Groundcover

Great groundcovers are highly sought after by many gardeners and landscapers. From my perspective as both a landscape designer and a home gardener, I completely agree. A bed filled with successful groundcovers IS the lower maintenance alternative to lawns or highly controlled “borders”. The ideal is to find a single (or perhaps multiple) plant that will so completely dominate a […]
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