50 Natives: Indiana: Filipendula rubra – Inspired by Amanda Thomsen

50 Natives: Indiana: Filipendula rubra – Inspired by Amanda Thomsen

Maybe you remember a while back before the election, I was taking inspiration from the candidates for my native plant…

50 Natives: Maryland – Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells

Barry at Sunshine Farms inspired my choice of natives plants for Maryland. Though called Virginia Bluebells, they are actually native…

50 Natives: Nebraska: Coreopsis (varieties) – Tickseed

Have you heard this joke….Why is it so windy in Wyoming?…because Nebraska s**ks….(I am from CO – I can’t help…

50 Natives: Michigan: Petasites hybidus – Butterburr

Deborah Silver has a new blog called Dirt Simple (which is great and worth a visit) — and she recently…

50 Natives : Pennsylvania : Monarda didyma (Bee Balm, Bergamot)

Bee Balm has to be one of my favorite plants. The purple variety is nice, but the Red (Monarda didyma)…

50 Natives: Connecticut – Fagus grandifolia (American Beech)

One of things that I love about planting trees is the realization of how long this thing that you are…

50 Natives: West Virginia: Allium tricoccum – Ramps

It is spring and it is Ramp season. Ramps are type of wild onion/leek that are native to much of…

50 Natives: Washington State : Ribes sanguineum – Red Flowering Currant

Carla commented on the last book giveaway that Ribes Sanguineum was her favorite native plant in California….but since we already…

50 Natives: Ohio – Salix Discolor (Pussy Willow)

50 Natives: Ohio – Salix Discolor (Pussy Willow)

Spring has sprung (finally!). Happy Spring!! One of the earliest harbingers of the season is the arrival of pussy willows…

50 Natives: Oregon Vaccinium membranaceum – Huckleberry

50 Natives: Oregon Vaccinium membranaceum – Huckleberry

Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry Hound, Huckleberry Pie (Strawberry Shortcake’s best friend)…. I am wondering if, even though these broadly known characters…

Garden trends: Localvore (part 4 of 11)

What is a Locavore? Actually added to the dictionary last year, it refers to people who go to great lengths…

50 Natives: New Mexico – Peniocereus greggii (nightblooming cereus)

The flower is utterly magical to behold, but is made even more precious by the fact that its blooms are…

50 Natives : Missouri : Sagittaria latifolia (arrowhead, duck potato,wapato)

I could choose almost any state in the union for this to be a native of…it grows almost everywhere (sometimes…

50 Natives: Wyoming – Inspired by our last VP: Atriplex canescens (Four Winged Saltbush)

Dick Cheney inspired my choice of native plants from his own state of Wyoming.  Atriplex canescens or four wing saltbush…

50 Natives : South Carolina : Sabal palmetto (Cabbage Palm, Palmetto)

The state tree of South Carolina, Sabal palmetto, is making me long for warm sandy beaches. Sabal palmetto grows up…

50 Natives : Virginia : Liqidamabar styraciflua: Sweetgum

50 Natives : Virginia : Liqidamabar styraciflua: Sweetgum

I think I will call it the Sugar Maple of the south….because it almost could pass for the same tree….

50 Natives: Washington D.C. : Iris cristata : Dwarf Crested Iris

50 Natives: Washington D.C. : Iris cristata : Dwarf Crested Iris

I am celebrating my trip to Washington later this week with a Native of DC (and areas all around it)….

50 Natives: Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, Canada: Oemleria cerasiformis (Osoberry or Oregon Plum)

50 Natives: Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, Canada: Oemleria cerasiformis (Osoberry or Oregon Plum)

In response to my request for suggestions for native plants from you my dear readers, I received this lovely suggestion…

50 Natives: California : California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

I have to admit…after the fun I had with my presidential candidates inspired native plants I am struggling to continue…

50 Natives : New York : Chionanthus virginicus (Fringe Tree, Old Man’s Beard, Grancy Grey-beard) – Inspired by Design Mom

I am guest blogging this week at Design Mom, who is based in NYC. So with ‘Design Mom’ and ‘mom’s…

50 Natives : Montana : Equisetum hyamale (scouring rush, horse tail)

Horse Tail, while native to almost every US state, is, for nostalgic reasons, my Montana pick. As kids, my sister,…

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