Plant of the Week: Western Ironweed

Plant of the Week: Western Ironweed

Western ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii) is our Plant of the Week for the second week of November. Even though bloom time is past, this perennial native has great fall and winter interest. There are many ironweeds native to North America, but Vernonia baldwinii is most widespread. This pollinator-friendly plant attracts many bees and butterflies to its […]

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Late Summer Pollinators

As summer winds down in late August and September, we see a rush in the number of pollinators visiting our gardens. The butterflies and bees and everything else have all come out of the woodwork so it seems. Every Sunday afternoon I take a stroll through some shady woodland or sunny meadow, looking for unknown […]

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Blooms For Butterflies

Blooms For Butterflies

It is late summer and butterflies are beginning their descent to more suitable wintering sites. Many butterflies move northward in the spring from overwintering sites and then the following generations return southward in the fall. Some of these species include Monarchs, Painted Lady’s, Sulphurs, Question Marks, Buckeyes, and Skippers. As these butterflies migrate southward, it […]

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