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This small-scale hardy fern is very adaptable in the Pacific Northwest and makes a great year-round groundcover.  Blechnum penna-marina, is happy in light shade but will grow in deeper shade as well as full sun if the soil is kept moist. The new foliage emerges bronzy-red, aging to deep green.  The tightly packed fronds slowly […]

Sex Change

Did that get your attention?  It certainly does for the bees that pollinate Weigela middendorffiana.  They have learned to visit yellow flowers preferentially, as they contain the most nectar.  As the flowers age, they turn red, and one study noticed that bees visit the older, less nutritious flowers less frequently.  Floral color change after fertilization […]