Wild Flowers in Wild Meadows

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Great Red Paintbrush,  scarlet paintbrush, flowering wildflower, California native plant meadow

For most of the eight years I have been contributing to Gardening Gone Wild I have wanted to simply show wildflower photos. I have been enthralled by California wildflowers for more years than I have been a garden photographer. Indeed, my portfolio of wildflowers got me my first job as a garden photographer in 1984.[...]

Pathways In My Backyard

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  This article was originally published in November of 2007. I thought it worth posting again as we get closer to fall and gardeners are beginning to contemplate making changes in their garden.  I hope you enjoy! Thanks to Nan’s November Design Workshop on pathways, I am compelled to get this final post up before[...]

Water Saving Yard Photo Challenge

Lawn substitute, no mow fescue meadow with path leading to seating area past bird house, Minnesota garden

I am reposting the announcement of the Water Saving Yard photo contest sponsored by the EPA.  Let’s get some entries and show that Gardening Gone Wild knows what a water saving yard look like !  On Tuesday I said: I hope all of Gardening Gone Wild’s Picture This photo contestants will join me in this EPA[...]

My Garden’s Blue Belly Lizards

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If you garden in the Southwest, doubtless you have Western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis), also known as blue bellies. They do push-up displays on boulders and scurry if you get too close. They’re part of my garden’s ecosystem, and I’m grateful to them for eating insects. Other than that, I seldom gave them a thought…until recently. Boys visited this summer—my[...]