- Growing native perennials from seed from Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens: This is New England focused but has some good tips. Propagating your own plants from seeds is a lot cheaper than buying from plant sales. For your first try, I recommend cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), which has an unusually high germination rate for a native plant. Its beautiful red flowers are great for hummingbirds.
- What it takes a nursery to stock a plant from Beautiful Wildlife Garden: Ever wonder why nurseries don't carry more native plants? This blog entry explains the steps in growing a plant until it's big enough to sell and discusses how much demand is necessary to make it profitable for nurseries.
- Embrace the clay! from Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens: Here are some plants that actually like clay soil. All of these except the coneflower are native to Virginia.
- Aruncus dioicus ~ A treat for pollinators from Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens: Apparently I read this blog a lot? Anyway, this is another VA native plant. The blog entry explains how versatile it is as an ornamental. I haven't noticed a lot of pollinators on my own, but it's still a nice plant.
- Thomas Rainer: Interpreting nature from View from Federal Twist: This summarizes an interesting talk by Rainer about designing self sustaining plant communities with different layers. The post includes some pictures of doing this in a suburban setting. Making it look orderly enough for suburbia is an interesting challenge.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Here are several weeks' worth of interesting stuff...