Tag Archives: Blazing Star

What the Heck is a Vegetated Swale?

What the Heck is a Vegetative Swale?  There are two different types: one is engineered; one is not. Let’s take the non-engineered one first: It is simply a drainage ditch that is filled with dense and/or deep-rooted, water-loving native plants that will infiltrate rainwater instead of allowing it to move as fast as possible off […]

Where Have all the Butterflies Gone? Part II

Where Have all the Butterflies Gone?  Part II On July 29, I asked where have all the butterflies gone?  I received 12 replies and everyone said the same thing–no one had seen many butterflies and monarchs least of all. Then I received this photo via Facebook from Minnesota, so there’s our answer–all the monarchs are  […]

Late Summer Bloom

      My traditional gardening friends complain that they have no flowers in bloom in August.  They obviously don’t grow Black-eyed Susan.  (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii)   View out my front door.  This week a Great Spangled Fritillary landed on my front porch stair post–alas, I didn’t get a photo.  Great Spangled Fritillary are […]