Category: Flora & Fauna

Blue Winged Wasp: A biological control for Japanese Beetles

Did you know that most wasp species aren’t aggressive? When we hear ‘wasp’ we tend to think of the aggressive species, living in nests, that swarm us. Wasp are carnivores, and actually can do a lot to help control pests in our gardens. Today…

National Honey Bee Day

Today is national Honey Bee Day! Honey bees are not native to the America’s, but they provide a great resource to us; honey, propolis, beeswax, and royal jelly. They also help pollinate food and flowers! In my garden, I don’t see honey bees too…

Black Eyed Susans & Microclimates

When out shopping for plants, a plant label (when written well!) will tell you how tall and wide a plant will mature to. However, there is no guarantee a plant will be that size. (One reason is lack of fully testing the size of…

Witch hazel

On the list of winter flowering shrubs, is witch-hazel (Hamamelis sp.). In the US we have two native witch hazels,¬†Hamamelis virginiana and Hamamelis vernalis. Virginiana¬†starts flowering in October to November. Vernalis flowers later starting in December. Vernalis also holds onto its leaves. My witch…

Tree Care Means Healthy Trees

Some trees can live healthy lives even with some damage to them. Certain species can be more resilient than others, like oak trees for example. Some trees can receive only slight damage and decline very easily. There are often clear indicators that a tree…

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