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Oh the sweet perfume has all the bugs in the yard #milkweed #asclepiassyriaca #monarchhostplant ...

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I'm so glad this arrived on a rainy day. 💞 Thank you, #dougtallamy !!! You are a tremendous inspiration! #naturesbesthope

If you haven't read any Tallamy yet, please please do!! You will feel empowered in this dreary environmental state of affairs.
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Garlic Scape time!!!! Caring for the Earth through gardens can be a lot more than pollinator plants and naturalized lawns. Another amazing way to help our planet is to grow some food!!! Our food system is not healthy for Mother Earth. We can help offset use of fossil fuels used to grow and transport food in the industrialized systems that supports human populations by providing some of our own food. Plus it helps you save money, and is sure to be chemical-free (unless you plan to douse your own food in carcinogenic pesticides😶😷🤒🤮🥵😳😫😡☠🤔). Growing garlic is easy, and does not take up much space. Plant in fall, harvest scapes in June, harvest and cure garlic in July, eat year round and boost your health! I'll be selling cloves to plant this fall. ...

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The original inspiration. My parents planted an old field with trees that I was taller than when I arrived into the world. The old field became a coniferous plantation of sorts, except not in rows...but mostly a monoculture. Through time, succession took place, and I lived and played there to watch and experience it all. Today, the land has naturalized itself to a biomass factory beneath the massive trees. Elderberries, ferns, hardwoods, dogwoods, violets, meadowrue, moss, and a massive abundance of other herbs, bryophytes, fungi and fauna. One could not ask for a better teacher. Mom and Dad, I thank you, and Mother Earth thanks you too. (I don't make a habit of speaking for others, but her joy is so obvious). ...

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A visit to the garden I planted 20 years ago revealed more of the poppies that stole heart away all those years ago. It really was love at first site. I still carry that love today...as you can tell by all my poppy posts this week. ...

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NATIVE. #desmoceruspalliatus #easternelderberryborer for the larval food source, #elderberry #sambucus
"Adult elderberry borers feed on leaves and pollen from the flower heads of elderberry, and female beetles lay their eggs near the base of the elderberry plant.  Upon hatching, the tiny larvae bore into roots where they feed and develop on nutritious plant tissues. However, elderberry is chemically defended by potent cyanogenic glycosides, toxic compounds that are believed to be passed along from larvae to adults. A taste of these noxious chemicals during an attack may teach a predator that large blue and yellow insects are not to be included on the menu."
Source: http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2019/8/2/admire-but-do-not-eat-elderberry-borer-desmocerus-palliatus
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Poppy love. Swoon. ...

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#nofilter This beautiful poppy takes my breath away. I got this beauty from a plant nursery I worked at 20 years ago, and relocated it from my parents' place to my own property last year. So pleased to see it has accepted its new home so graciously. ...

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Resurrection of a secret garden in-progress. To be continued... ...

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Are ya'll seeing this right now??! ...

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Another garden planted full of pollinator treats! Mainly native plants, complimented by an heirloom peony, some native cultivars, and a few ornamentals such as irises. #fornaturegardeningandlandcare #fornaturegardening #fornature #landcare #aestheticpleasure #ecologicalfunction ...

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All planted with a beautiful mix of native woodland herbaceous and woody plants, including young hardwoods to take over when the current overstorey ages out (or succumbs to Emerald Ash Borer). Natives are complimented by hostas and hydrangeas to contribute to the colour and structure throughout the growing season, and add to the formal style desired by the client. Our goal is to achieve at least 70% native plant cover to support the #ecosystem and #foodweb. Once established, we will be there. Loving this space! #fornaturegardeningandlandcare #fornaturegardening #fornature #gonativeplants #aestheticpleasure #ecologicalfunction ...

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Today's before and after. This woodland garden will be a couple years in the making due to a nasty invasive called Dog-strangling Vine that will need to be persistently managed before we are comfortable to invest in plants for this area. We cut it back, sheet-mulched with cardboard, and put a thick layer of soil on top. Surrounding areas will be managed on neighbouring land. DSV is a baddie. ...

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Camera 2 of today's before and after woodland garden bed establishment. ...

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Before and after of establishing the beds for a new woodland garden ...

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