Category Archives: Gardening for Biodiversity

Going For Golds

One of the most eye-catching spring flowers in Altona Forest is the marsh marigold. It is a cheery late April-May bloomer with bright yellow flowers and deep green, rounded heart-shaped leaves. Have you seen one? Do you know where to … Continue reading

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Easy Butterfly and Bee Gardens

The long, dark Canadian winter months mean our gardens (like us) can only dream of the warmer days to come. Are you craving warm spring air and blooms? Native over-wintering pollinators are too. Plant native plants to support our neighbourhood’s … Continue reading

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The Real Pawpaw

I didn’t know what the native pawpaw was until 3 years ago. Maybe I’m a little slow with this: I didn’t even know it existed. Did you imagine that southern Ontario was home to a ‘tropical fruit’? I thought the … Continue reading

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Spice World

It is an adaptable understory tree that can be found in lowlands and woodlands – and supports birds with fruit, shelter and for small mammals, and acts as a host plant for beautiful native moths and butterflies Continue reading

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Going Guerilla for Milkweed

There is something delicious about being rebellious! It’s also amazing to see your actions make change for the better happen in a visible way. When what you do saves monarch butterflies and improves biodiversity, it feels even better. This past … Continue reading

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Feeding and Protecting Hummingbirds

Hurray For Spring! What signals spring for you? Tulips? The last stubborn bit of that pile of driveway snow disappearing?  A visit to the garden centre? My spring truly arrives when the ruby-throated hummingbirds return to my garden. They are … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bloodroot

My favourite Altona Forest wildflower is bloodroot – and today I was out enjoying its beauty. It’s not a very pretty name for an extremely charming woodland plant with starry, water-lily-like, bright white blooms with sunny yellow centers. Bloodroot flowers … Continue reading

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