Insects & Spiders

Emerald Ash Borer will Ruin our Urban Forest

The Emerald Ash Borer, first discovered in Boulder in 2013, is considered the most destructive pest in North America. The future looks bleak for ash trees in the South Platte drainage area of Colorado. The tiny Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is such a destructive insect pest that it will most likely ruin the urban forest […]

Time to Celebrate Pollinator Week

Happy Pollinator Week to gardeners everywhere! When you’re in the garden this week, be sure to thank a bee. That’s what Pollinator Week is all about. The third week in June is designated as National Pollinator Week and there are celebrations planned from coast to coast to raise awareness of the valuable contribution provided by […]

A Growing Garden of Words

It’s been another busy gardening and writing season around here. Because my vegetable garden is finally planted, it’s time for a breather. I thought it might be fun to look back at some of my favorite subjects I’ve written about this season. On the Lowe’s Creative Ideas website, I’ve been blogging about all kinds of […]

A Victory for Bees in Thornton

Thornton, Colo., is all a-buzz because the city council just passed an ordinance allowing backyard beekeeping in the city limits. We heart our honeybees! That’s the sentiment of Thornton residents interested in keeping backyard bee hives. A group called Thornton Loves Bees worked hard to convince the city council to adopt a backyard beekeeping ordinance. […]

Pleeze Count Your Bees

Spending 15 minutes in your garden counting bees is a pleasant way to pass the time while helping with bee conservation efforts. I’ve been counting the bees that land on the ‘Lemon Queen’ sunflowers in my garden and I’m delighted at the results. During my latest 15-minute observation, I counted 12 honeybees landing on one […]

Sphinx Hummingbird Moth Dazzles at Night

The other evening I caught a glimpse of a sphinx moth darting from petunia to petunia in the patio garden. John grabbed his camera and captured this wonderful shot of a white-lined sphinx moth enjoying some of the Wave petunias Ball Horticultural Company sent me earlier this season to trial in my garden. I like […]

You Need to Be at Today’s Bee-a-thon

Bee part of the first-ever online town hall event dedicated to celebrating theĀ  most underappreciated helpers in our gardens: bees. The 2011 Bee-a-thon, hosted by Your Garden Show, is the kick-off to today’s Great Bee Count. Stop by the Bee-a-thon between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Pacific time for the first-ever online webcast discussing how […]

Silver Fountain Butterfly Bush Doing its Job

The Silver Fountain Butterfly Bush is now loaded with purple blooms and I’m not the only one to notice.

Lemon Queen Sunflower Gardening for Bees

It’s time to plant your sunflower seeds and join the Great Sunflower Project for 2011. The Great Sunflower Project is underway! Plant Lemon Queen Sunflowers this weekend and then mark your calendar for July 16. That’s the day of the Great Bee Count of 2011. The Great Sunflower Project is my favorite citizen science effort. […]

Wicked Gardening Fun with Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart’s talk at the Denver Botanic Gardens tomorrow night promises to be wicked good fun. I’m looking forward to seeing Amy again tomorrow night at the DBG when she gives her talk called “Wicked Plants: The Deliciously Dark Side of the Plant World.” I met Amy at a Garden Writers Association Symposium a couple […]

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