Ruby-throated hummingbirds are getting ready for their fall migration and they are hungry! In the weeks before migration, their hormones stimulate hyperphagia – a compulsive need to overeat – to gain the extra weight and fat they need for the long flight ahead. (Hummingbirds increase their weight up to 40%.) Half of their diet comes… Continue reading Help Hummingbirds Get Ready for Fall Migration
I was recently invited as part of the Association of Garden Communicators to the city of Buffalo to witness the impact gardens have made on the revitalization of the city. I met passionate people eager to better their beloved city and toured neighborhood gardens, urban farms and city parks. Here’s what I learned: Buffalonians may… Continue reading Buffalo: A City of Gardeners
I was so happy the rain came Monday night instead of during the day on Tuesday – my one day each week to spend in the garden. I decided to tackle a garden area yet to make it to the top of the Reclaim my Gardens, Reclaim my Life list and began weeding at one… Continue reading Cup Plants: Great for Pollinators & Summer Showers
I often think a garden is a reflection of the gardener who created it. Never has this been so true as the garden of Tammy Schmitt. Tammy and her garden are full of energy and fun. Your walk to the front door sets the tone for the colorful times ahead. Head around the side of… Continue reading The Garden of Tammy Schmitt
Hummingbird mint, Agastache in botanical circles, is loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators, and gardeners who garden in sun. It wasn’t until recently – the last decade or so – that the Agastache family started getting the attention it deserves. Also commonly called hyssop, they delight gardeners with their aromatic foliage, showy spikes… Continue reading Agastache is a pollinator favorite!