Category: Flora & Fauna

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…

3 Lawn Weeds for Bees & Pollinators

Spring is just a week away! I’ve been seeing daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, spring wildflowers, pussy willows, and some cherry trees flowering already. The perfect spring temperatures and rainfall are making lawns turn greener and greener each day and before we know it, it’ll be…

10 Easy Steps to Save Tomato Seeds

Some plants are easier to save seed than others. Tomato seed is easy to collect, but there are a few more steps to getting viable seed than just allowing the seed to try. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be saving seed in…

Crows, Blackbirds, & Ravens

What’s that black bird over there? There are several species of birds that have all black feathers. Crows are a familiar bird that can be found nearly everywhere in America. They are a very adaptable bird, which allows them to live in various environments. It may…

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