Gardens & Landscapes

Celebrating sunflowers

by Sally Roth Hard to miss the cheerful sunflowers that bloom throughout NOCO, along roadsides, at the edges of farm fields, and in empty lots! These shorter, smaller-flowered sunflowers are our native species—prairie sunflower (Helianthus […]

Gardens & Landscapes

“Roosters” make their appearance

In late summer, flowering stems—“roosters”—rise above their flock of hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum), a tough, cold-hardy succulent that’s nice for nestling among rocks. The rooster plant dies after blooming, but chicks quickly fill in the bare space.

Gardens & Landscapes

Eating out of your hand

You’ve seen the videos and the posts on Facebook: Someone holding a small container of sugar water and swarmed by hummingbirds buzzing around, even sitting on their fingers. Must be magic! Nope. It’s simple. If […]