Tag: native plants

My Native Front Yard – Blue Vervain Watercolor

Today blue vervain (Verbena hastata) is in bloom in the native garden. I absolutely love its flowers. Up close they look blue-purple. From a distance they look purple to pinkish-purple. The actual flower itself is tiny but grows in clusters on a spike. They… Continue Reading “My Native Front Yard – Blue Vervain Watercolor”

My Native Front Yard Wildlife Edition – Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

The native plants are working! Look who I found munching on some leaves…. a big juicy black swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes). That means a black swallowtail butterfly must have laid an egg under the leaf of my Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) plant when I… Continue Reading “My Native Front Yard Wildlife Edition – Black Swallowtail Caterpillar”

My Native Front Yard – Golden Alexander and Prairie Alumroot

Build it (a native garden) and they will come (insects)! He he he. That was the famous quote from the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams, without the garden and insects insert. But in all seriousness, they will come. Why do we need to help… Continue Reading “My Native Front Yard – Golden Alexander and Prairie Alumroot”

My Native Front Yard – Wild Geranium

Last year I converted my front yard into a native habitat. Goodbye grass, hello native plants! Why? To save the insects. First, lawn grass does not benefit much in nature. If there is little rain, you must supplement with water from your hose. Water… Continue Reading “My Native Front Yard – Wild Geranium”