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July 25, 2018
Two developing Ratibida pinnata flower heads interacting

Is Your Garden Social? Why a Plant Community Approach works!

Social Networks are everywhere! Would you believe that plants have them too? According to plant scientists, this is exactly the case. A brief introductory article noted below introduces the world of microorganisms called the phytomicrobiome that abounds in and around plants and how the connections and communications between all these organisms and the plant itself benefit the plant. As noted […]
August 13, 2015

Mid August Landscape Planning

It’s early to mid-August and while the calendar points toward cooler weather on the horizon, it still seems like there’s a lot of summer left. However, every year I’m rather shocked at how quickly these last few “growing season” months and weeks pass. It seems like there’s more than enough time to plan and execute those fall landscape projects that […]
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 […]
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