Category Archives: Wildlife

Native Thistles

I want to introduce you to some misunderstood plants.

Most of us think of thistles as weeds – most of the ones we see along roadsides and field edges are not native and very aggressive.   But there are several native thistles that are well behaved, and will even grow well in gardens.  I’ve planted three species of native thistles in our prairie meadow.  One of them is blooming right now. Continue reading Native Thistles

Native Landscaping

This is a post about my philosophy of landscaping.  In the last few years, I’ve worked with a few groups of folks on choosing plants for the gardens around our building.  Everyone has different tastes, and different ideas about what our landscape should look like.  I’ve heard both praise and criticisms of decisions that were made, and questions about why certain plants were chosen,  so I thought I would tell you the ideas behind my choices. Continue reading Native Landscaping