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August 14, 2017
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Wild Bee Balm

Bumblebees, those ace pollinators in the fuzzy yellow and black suits, are very fashionable at the moment.  And since they are fashionable, the plants that attract them are also extremely popular.  I thought of that as I returned from vacation … Continue reading

August 7, 2017
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Of Monarchs and Milkweed

  Monarch butterflies, known to their scientific friends as Danaus plexippus, abound this year—at least in the areas I frequent.  Even though they are considered relatively common, I see them as miraculous.  Backlit by bright midsummer sun, monarchs’ orange, black … Continue reading

October 18, 2016
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Wild Asters

I love the big, bumptious, fast-spreading asters in my garden.  There is ‘Alma Potschke’, often written about and even more often spotted in every single one of my garden beds.   I know she is officially an “it”, but calling her … Continue reading

March 21, 2016
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Rise of the Coneheads

Last week I participated in an annual ritual of spring that involved a lengthy pilgrimage, followed by acts of homage at impressive shrines in the company of hundreds of other pilgrims. At the end of my journey, I returned home … Continue reading