A Drought Tolerant Butterfly Garden for the Pacific Northwest

Two things that have been on our minds this August are drought and butterflies (and smoke and fires of course.) In my own garden, plants that have always seemed invincible

The Winter Hummingbird Garden

A winter visit from a hummingbird is a rare treat that seems impossible and magical. Yet in fact Anna’s hummingbirds have become common winter residents in the Pacific Northwest. What

Providing for Urban Pollinators

I went to a great talk offered by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District on pollinators.  The talk I attended was part of a series that are free

The Case Of The Disappearing Insects – And What We Can Do About It

Where have all the insects gone? A recent radio piece caught my attention, describing a German study which documented dramatic declines (80%) over the past 30 years in the number

Why native plants REALLY matter

Gardening and landscaping with native plants is different and sometimes more restrictive than a purely ornamental approach – so having a good reason WHY can be helpful inspiration. For me,

Weeds to Love

The process of planning and managing your garden for maximum benefit to yourself and the planet can sometimes start to feel overwhelming. I want my yard and garden to be beautiful, productive, low maintenance, low water use, and full of habitat value and other ecological benefit. Even though this is my chosen obsession, even I can get a little overwhelmed by finding the combination of plants and locations that accomplish everything i’m going for.

Ode to Trees

Every once in awhile I stop to contemplate the amazing qualities of trees and all we owe them – these giant organisms who we live side by side with. While we may often appreciate specific trees or trees in specific situations, I want to acknowledge the breadth of importance that trees have to human culture and to sustaining human (and non-human) life.

Drought Tolerant Annual Crops?

At my house, my general rule for irrigation and choosing plants is: if it gives me food, i’ll water it. Otherwise, tough luck. However, it always seems like an extra awesome bonus when there is a plant that will give me food AND I don’t have to water it.