The West Bend News, “Attracting Birds All Year Long” January 6, 2018
Landscape restoration is a complex and prickly topic, explored in the fascinating book, Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century. Join Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial, in part one of her interview with the author and journalist, Paddy Woodworth.
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Some areas near me have added native plants to their gardens and I want to demonstrate to the residents how much of an impact they have had on the environment in doing so. Do you know of a resource that could explains which specific animals/birds/insects are supported by specific native plants?
You definitely have the right idea in trying to show how important native plants are to wildlife (and to us humans!). I call it “connecting the ecological dots.” …
It’s September and I’m noticing a lot of bugs on my Butterflyweed. What are they and should I do anything about them?
Your Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) has a robust population of two types of insects, commonly found on milkweeds – Oleander Aphids and Large Milkweed Bug nymphs. They are just some of the amazing variety of insects that use milkweed – it’s a micro food web. A terrific little book was written about these many insects: Milkweed,…
Bogs are unique ecosystems in nature with fascinating, specialized plants. Learn more about native bog plants as Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial interviews Carolyn Summers at Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve….
HWFC Info Hub, “GRASSROOTS ACTION IS POWERFUL! NEONICS I. ” September 25th, 2017
It started innocently enough. While volunteering at a plant sale held by Lasdon Park, a local arboretum, I spotted a dozen or so lanky, young Brugmansias for sale. The plant-loving staff, had scored these tropical wonders, offering them for sale amid a treasure trove of native and ornamental trees and shrubs. But the Brugmansias stood out, calling like a siren to every plant geek there.
Brugmansia, commonly known as Angel’s Trumpet, is a group of seven plant species native to South America….
Connecticut Gardener, “Coping With Climate Change” July/August 2017