My Canadian Wildlife Federation webinar

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 cancelled or postponed due to social distancing measures. Now you can attend my presentation online in a Canadian Wildlife Federation Zoom webinar. It … Continue reading My Canadian Wildlife Federation webinar

Getting my act together, part 2: stratifying and planting

Now that my seeds are organized, I know what I've got and what I need to do with them. It's time to get to work. Planting seeds indoors Even though the ground is still frozen outside, I can plant seeds inside. The Pussy Willows in our backyard are also impatient waiting for warm spring weather … Continue reading Getting my act together, part 2: stratifying and planting

Getting my act together, part 1: organizing seeds

I've been growing pollinator plants from seed for four years now. I'm embarrassed to admit that my seeds and planting process are always a disorganized mess. Now that I have some unexpected, extra time on my hands, I've resolved to sort this out once and for all. A small selection of the native seed packets … Continue reading Getting my act together, part 1: organizing seeds

School butterfly garden guest post

This week, you can read my guest blog post on the Wild Pollinator Partners blog, called Down to the Nitty Gritty: creating the Churchill Alternative School butterfly garden. This garden was planted in the spring of 2019, and already had butterfly caterpillars and a variety of bee visitors within a couple of months. It proves … Continue reading School butterfly garden guest post

Flower flies: surprise pollinators

This summer, I took a lot of photos of pollinators on flowers. I am now sorting through them trying to identify the different insects. To my surprise, some of the pollinators were actually flies. And they're actually quite beautiful, some mimicking bees and wasps with similar striping and hair. Is it a fly? Once you … Continue reading Flower flies: surprise pollinators