The Rambling Writer Restores Native Plants to her “Wild Zone” — 10 Comments

  1. Every photo is more enchanting than the last. So green, so much space!

    And rain in June? We don’t see a drop from April till the next December, sometimes (like this last year) not till February, with the usual long January heat wave. (And fires.) Your area sounds so magical.

    • Thanks again, Sherwood! We were getting worried about the unusually dry spring, so do welcome some rains to get us through the summer. My sympathies with your drought — climate change is hitting us all in various ways, as many plants can’t adapt quickly to such changes. We lost some last winter, including a well-established wistaria growing over our garage arbor, which the gal at the nursery said was almost unheard-of.

  2. My backyard is protect wetland forest. I have to let it go wild and watch the deer browse. We’ve given up on birdfeeders though. Our bear is a 300lb American Blackbear and he crushes birdfeeder with deliberate precision.

    • Yes, Phyl, I saw the photo of your bear! We’ve had a few who have been wandering neighborhoods around here to raid feeders. Our Squalicum Creek does have some protections as part of the wildlife corridor, encouraging land-owners to replant native species and making it illegal to cut trees within a certain distance from the creek. But many of our neighbors ignore the restrictions, cutting and building close to the creek. Right now there is an unpermitted construction going on next to us, by people who regularly flout the laws, and it’s pretty frustrating, because the city is very slow to enforce regulations. Despite all this, we do get plenty of wild critters passing through.

  3. We are very lucky to have such a pleasant and private wild enclave in the middle of the city.

    • Yes, I’m glad we both appreciate it! We can walk or bike to parks and our funky North End beach, with grocery stores close, and town center also. Yet it’s a green refuge.

  4. Buttercups are a real pain to eradicate. I’ve been fighting with them for years.

  5. Lovely pictures, and a lovely area! I’m glad to learn the English name of Sweet Woodruff – I have lots of it in my little garden as ground cover. Over here in Holland its name is Dear lady’s bedstraw, as adding some of it to straw mattresses is supposed to make them smell sweet and to deter fleas and such . I love those evocative old country names for native plants and flowers.

    • Hello, Hanneke, from across the pond. How fun to learn about the Dutch name of Dear lady’s bedstraw! I use it to make May Wine — get a nice Riesling and add some cuttings when they’re flowering, recork the bottle and let it sit for a week, then open and toast for May Day.