Monthly Archives: July 2022

Are We In A Drought?

Sure it has been dry. Some of us cannot remember the last time we had a good soaking rain. Some of us are spending inordinate amounts of time watering. But are we in a drought? The University of Nebraska- Lincoln hosts a national drought monitor as part of their National Drought Mitigation Center. According to […]

Have you heard of the spongy moth?

Yes! Yes you have. The spongy moth is the new common name for Lymantria dispar the insect formerly known as the Gypsy moth. Why the name change? The Entomology Society of America recently voted to change the accepted common name of this invasive pest to Spongy Moth to acknowledge the problematic use of the term […]

Don’t let the name scare you – Downy Wood Mint is not like its aggressive cousins

Blephilia ciliata, or Downy Wood Mint is in the mint family and so related to known, and beloved, rampant spreaders and aggressive competitors such as Pycnanthemum muticum and Physostegia virginiana. Sometimes we want something that will fill in a space quickly and thoroughly, especially if it attracts pollinators and supports beneficial insects. And sometimes we […]