Short and sweet: new sidewalk pollinator planting

I have a confession to make. Almost 20 years ago, I had the opportunity to add free native plants to my garden. My generous friend had let her front lawn grow out and dotted native plants within it to create a meadow. Some of her neighbours were horrified and very vocal in their condemnation. I … Continue reading Short and sweet: new sidewalk pollinator planting

School butterfly garden update

Recently I've noticed a burgeoning interest in butterfly gardening, spurred by the David Suzuki Foundation's Butterflyway Project. The goal is to create more than 1000 pollinator gardens across Canada. Several Ottawa-area Butterflyway 'Rangers' have contacted me for advice as they start planning. Here are my top tips, based on research and my experience with a … Continue reading School butterfly garden update

Pollinator gardening webinar recording on YouTube

You can watch a recording of Pollinator Gardening in Ottawa (McKellar Park Community Association webinar) on my YouTube Channel. On Monday, February 8, I'll be presenting a Zoom webinar about pollinator gardening for my local McKellar Park Community Association. I'll share a slideshow and answer questions. If you'd like to participate, here are the details: … Continue reading Pollinator gardening webinar recording on YouTube

Butterfly diversity in our 2020 garden

Even though there were fewer butterflies in the garden in 2020 than in 2019, at least there was an interesting mix -- and even some new ones. As I grow a greater variety of native plants, I am attracting a greater variety of butterflies. White Admiral In June, a White Admiral hung around drinking nectar … Continue reading Butterfly diversity in our 2020 garden

More photos on Facebook and Instagram

Over the past year and a half, I've taken hundreds of pictures of flowers, insects and birds in the garden. Originally, I used the photos to record and identify wildlife. To my delight, I've also been able to capture interesting behaviours and interactions. Most of my photos just sit unorganized and unseen in electronic folders. … Continue reading More photos on Facebook and Instagram

Night shift: moths in the garden

Last summer, I began to notice more moths in the garden. Although I haven't seen any large, spectacular ones, the moths I spotted have been diverse and interesting. Some don't even look like moths. Unseen, but important pollinators Recently, UK researchers studied what plants moths visit and how they behave, compared to more well-known daytime … Continue reading Night shift: moths in the garden

Daughters of old friends: early spring bees

After months stuck indoors because of cold weather and then the pandemic, spring's arrival has been especially welcome this year. I've particularly enjoyed early spring bees in the garden. Like a doting godparent, I fretted, fussed, and followed them around with my camera. After all, they're daughters of last year's bees -- my old garden … Continue reading Daughters of old friends: early spring bees

My Canadian Wildlife Federation webinar

Edit: The webinar was recorded and you can watch it at the Canadian Wildlife Federation's WILD Webinars page, or on their YouTube channel. A Two-spotted Bumblebee queen visiting 'PJM' Rhododendron flowers in our backyard garden. (May 16, 2020) Had you planned to attend one of my pollinator gardening talks this spring? There were obviously all … Continue reading My Canadian Wildlife Federation webinar