365 Nature – Day 121

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

Native plants could easily be the theme of the day. First thing this morning we headed to the native plant society’s spring plant sale and loaded up our wagon with plants. We took a few of them, all shade-loving plants, to our daughter’s forest preschool for a work party. We planted them in her classroom for the kids to take care of. We planted Maidenhair Fern, Smith’s Fairy Bells, False Lily-of-the-Valley, Star Solomon’s Seal, Wild Ginger and one other I’ve forgotten. At the work party I also pulled many weeds like ivy, Stinky Bob, and lots of blackberry.

We also bought some new plants for our own yard including a second Indian Plum so we will hopefully get more cross pollination next year for more berries. I also got a new Vine Maple to replace the one I lost in the drought, another Shooting Star, violet, and other things I’ve also forgotten without looking at the tags. Next we get to go plant them this afternoon. It’s really exciting seeing our backyard habitat coming together and the constant discovery of different wildlife, like nesting robins and wrens, cuckoo wasps and a Spring Azure butterfly only motivate me to keep improving our yard for wildlife.


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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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