Plants vs Unwelcome Guests (and Zombies)

This was originally posted on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. If only the plants featured in Plants vs. Zombies acted as they do in the game we’d all be a lot safer. Alas, I was sad to discover this summer...

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3 Pacific Northwest Plants for Autumn

This post was originally posted on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. A few months back, the thought of a flush of new green leaves was on my mind and I wrote 3 Pacific Northwest Plants for Winter. Now we’ve come...

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Book Highlights 2013

This post was originally published on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. This year I had the opportunity to read several excellent books ranging in topics from vampire squids to garden insects. Here are five of my favorites, some which are...

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Nature Picture Books:: As The Crow Flies

All day long you're on the go, you don't have time to watch a crow... So begins one of my favorite picture books, As the Crow Flies, by Sheila Keenan and illustrated by Kevin Duggan. Crows are one of my...

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Metropolitan Dawn Chorus

Think, every morning when the sun peeps through The dim leaf-latticed windows of the grove, How jubilant the happy birds renew Their old, melodious madrigals of love! And when you think of this, remember too 'T always morning somewhere, and above The awakening continents, from...

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Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: The Beginning

Welcome to a new column feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide, the Diary of an Urban Wild Garden, where I plan to write about my wildlife garden in Seattle, the design, how it's doing, what I'm currently doing, what...

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