Transforming this front yard into a wildlife garden brought a lot of color to the neighborhood. It now feeds pollinating insects, hummingbirds and other small birds.Read More Bringing the ‘burbs to life
As the California asters come into bloom, flocks of butterflies stop by for a meal.Read More Here come the butterflies!
California Dutchman’s Pipe flowers putting on a show in late January.Read More It’s pipevine time again!
After summer’s growth, the asters have come into flower, bringing clouds of hungry butterflies. This is when the meadow is tallest, where it starts looking wild and unkempt. Asters arc in all directions, visited by multiple species of butterflies: skippers, buckeyes, blues, sulfurs… Beneath the asters, native goldenrod blooms following earlier waves of flowers now […]Read More The meadow at it’s messiest: butterfly paradise
Imagine every yard with at least some habitat designed in: food plants for bees and butterflies, berries for birds, a variety of plants for foraging. Looking at the typical suburb in a satellite photo, you might notice the dominant plant type: lawn. It might be a great place to play from time to time, but […]Read More Got Birds? How to bring nature back into your outdoor environment
California Dutchman’s pipe vines flower in winter, feed caterpillars and are native to California. Interesting flowers, easy care and ecological benefits, all in one easy to grow plant!Read More Not just for the butterflies: California Dutchman’s Pipe
Last year, our California asters grew. And grew. And grew. By flowering time, the plants were about six feet tall. Too hard to appreciate the flowers at that height without a ladder, but the plants had a solution: as the season progressed, they drooped. We couldn’t cut them because we wanted the seeds as a […]Read More Aster chilensis trimming results
A mostly native garden thrives along a suburban streambank.Read More A (mostly) native garden by a stream
Where have our local monarch butterflies gone? They seem to have almost disappeared from the Sacramento region.Read More Where are the Monarchs?
I noticed a lot of sawdust coming out of the wood stumps propped up and drilled to make habitat for mason bees. A stakeout with camera should solve the mystery. After several minutes, a tiny iridescent black wasp zipped into a hole in the stump. Definitely not a mason bee! Getting a photo was like […]Read More Pemphredon! Aphids despair!