A niche plant

Today while walking in the forest near my house, I saw an indicator that spring is about to turn to summer: lots of Ladyslipper Orchids in full bloom. These endangered wildflowers find a secret pocket to thrive in dappled sunlit spots in the Connected Pine Grove. These orchids are astonishing: but don't touch please. If [...]

Feng Shui Garden Project in Lake George, NY

The past year has brought me the good fortune of developing a close friendship with my region's premier Feng Shui Consultant. A side benefit to a rich friendship has been my absorption of major Feng Shui principles. If you have an interest in learning these, I suggest following Brenda's facebook page. Useful suggestions are offered [...]

On Blue Lupine

Ecologists label the area of the world where I live as the, "Connected Pine Grove." This classification refers to the naturally occuring pockets of Karner Blue butterfly habitat areas between Albany, Saratoga and the greater Glens Falls region. The Wilton Wildlife Preserve, just outside of Saratoga Springs, NY is the key protected area serving as [...]

Rain Gardens in Lake George, NY

This past week found me planting a series of Rain Gardens in Lake George, composed entirely of native plants. Pictured here is the shade garden. Species include Wild Columbine, Heart Leafed Aster, Wild Ginger, Great Blue Lobelia, Cardinal Flower, Foamflower, Alumroot, Culver's Root and Trillium. These gardens are engineered to prevent erosion from storm runoff. [...]

Results of Poor Plant Choices, 2 Years Later.

Yesterday found me on a lovely piece of property doing some more early spring gardening tasks. This particular client ascribes to the wildlife habitat gardening school of thought which involves leaving the plants up all winter so the birds can feed on them and get shelter from predators behind taller species. Native plants (like New [...]

The Summer in Review, Part 2

It is mid-November as I write this. Many of the gardens that I work in are a ways south of where I live, and they are experiencing a strange, elongated season of warm and wonderful weather. In fact it is so pronounced that at one client's home the daffodil bulbs are confused and sprouting: 7-8" [...]

Native Plants for Community: Love Your Neighbor

Recently the local government where I live decided to make planting invasive species on lakefront property (Lake George, NY) a punishable offense. A $5000 fine might be levied, or up to 15 days in jail! This is exciting news for those of us in the ecological community. We've been proselytizing about the ecological benefits of [...]

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