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May is for the Birds and Bees...

…and the flowers and the trees! Actually May is Garden for Wildlife Month!  Whether you’re a novice or expert gardener, The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is encouraging folks to turn their outdoor space into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® site to help restore vital habitat areas for wildlife.

For more information see http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Garden-Month.aspx.


Balm-leaved Red Deadnettle, Lamium orvala

Not all Lamiums are created alike. The European species L. orvala is a tall, clump-forming plant with whorls of spotted purple-pink flowers that resemble orchids in spring. When the flowers fade the big leaves provide good contrast to grassy or fine-textured foliage in the garden. To learn more about this species of ornamental plant, read this article...

Beetles

The beetles are the most numerous group of insects, with both pest and beneficial species.  Regardless of whether they are plant feeders, scavengers, or predators, the adults all have the first pairs of wings hardened into sheaths that cover the abdomen. To learn about some of the most common types of beetle, read this article...

Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Those cheerful yellow flowers are everywhere in spring. Dandelion is a European species that has made itself at home throughout North America. A menace to gardeners and homeowners looking for a lush, green lawn, this plant can also be cultivated or foraged as food. You can find out more about this ubiquitous weed in this article...

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