The Fourth Day of Christmas—Plants for Birds

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling birds.  Birds are a welcome sight in the garden, whether they are soaring between the trees or scratching for seeds in the mulch. I was fascinated recently as I watched a robin feeding on a fat juicy bunch of mahonia berries.  It’s always a delight to watch the diversity in their … Continue reading The Fourth Day of Christmas—Plants for Birds

Native Plants at Franklin Falls

An early morning hike to Franklin Falls in the Cascade Mountains presented a beautiful assortment of northwest native plants. The dwarf dogwood, or bunchberry, carpeted the sides of the trail with it’s petite presence, like a bright little star lighting the way. When I saw the false hellebore I was astonished at it’s size, growing 3-4 feet off the forest floor. I was not familiar … Continue reading Native Plants at Franklin Falls

A Small Selection of Northwest Native Plants

Blooming in early June, the color of this Lewisia is like a tropical sunset, with its warm pinks and yellows.  It’s found only in the Wenatchee Mountains of Washington, growing on the dry, rocky slopes among the Ponderosa Pines.  It grows 4-8 inches high and prefers full sun and sharply drained soil.  For a bit of Tweedyi Trivia, the seeds have a honey scent to … Continue reading A Small Selection of Northwest Native Plants

Seaside Salal

This is the story of a plant, unnoticed yet everpresent.  Planted not for show, but for usefulness.  It grows in my own backyard, it grows in the Olympic National Park and it grows in the Pacific Ocean!  Yes, I found it growing on a rock on the Washington Coast.  What a surprise when we were on the beach, looking at tidepools filled with fascinating invertebrates, … Continue reading Seaside Salal