October 8, 2011

Zone 3b is Retiring…

by Adrian D. Thysse

This blog has been slowly withering over the last few months, my posts infrequent and lacking oomph. I have neglected Zone 3b and some of other blogs in about the same proportion as I have been trying to develop in other areas. This is my last post, but I’ll let the blog remain until stray visits dry up. If you care about bugs, please visit Splendour Awaits, where garden bugs will still be displayed and where your can find links to other blogs and other online entomology resources.

Gardening is important for our lives and for the lives of the many species that share our environment. Gardening is a part of life, not a fad or a bit of bling to impress friends and the neighbors. For urban dwellers, it is one of the few things that can connect us to nature on a regular basis. For that reason we will keep gardening, and I hope you will too.

Cheers everyone. Keep gardening and remember the little guys that share our lives.

Adrian Thysse

P.S. – Contact me at naturalgardens@telus.net if you have any questions, or find me on Google +.

PPS. – Posted from my iPod…pls frgv errors.

August 19, 2011

Blazing Star

by Adrian D. Thysse

One of the better plants for attracting pollinators and nectaring insects is the Blazingstar or Gayfeather, Liatris spicata. Even grasshoppers seem to like ‘em.

"Liatris spicata, a great perennial for butterflies and bees"

A native alternative for Alberta gardens would be the Dotted Blazingstar,  Liatris punctata.

July 31, 2011

Clematis H.F. Young

by Adrian D. Thysse

This clematis is doing extremely well this season, chock-full of  large violet-blue hand-sized blooms. Besides the peonies, and some of the (overblown) German irises, the large-flowered clematis varieties are some of the few flowering plants that survive Zone 3b and still manage to provide a tropical atmosphere to the garden. H. F. Young requires a sunny location but it can tolerate morning shade. It grows to about 3m in height.

July 7, 2011

Flowers Aren’t For You…

by Adrian D. Thysse

The following video reminds us what flowers are for.

It is a good thing for every gardener to remember, so they don’t begin to behave like this: Time to Aim the Big Guns on Mosquitoes.

A general blanket spraying of a persistent insecticide like Doktor Doom will kill bees and every other insect it comes in contact with, whether or not it is sprayed on the flowers.

Hat-tip to Greg Laden for the TedTalks link.

July 4, 2011

Diablo

by Adrian D. Thysse

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