Spring Garden Fair

Spring Garden FairKlamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds will make uncommon native plants — some rarely sold in nurseries — available to the public at the Master Gardener Spring Garden Fair, May 6th and 7th at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon.

We have your interest covered with: Native larval host plants for butterflies, pollen-rich native wildflowers for bees, nectar producing plants for hummingbirds and evening and night blooming plants for our nighttime pollinating moths.

All of our plants are grown from wildcrafted local seed collected in the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion.

We will also have seed packets available for over 75 species of native plants at the fair. From low-elevation shooting stars and grasswidows, to high-elevation beargrass and horsemint, and everything in between, Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds helps you GROW NATIVE — GROW WILD!

Come see us at the fair! The spring gardens season is on!

We will have limited heartleaf milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia) plants and seeds for sale at the fair!

 

Native Plant Appreciation Week

Celebrate Native Flora!

Scarlet fritillaria (Fritillaria recurva)

Scarlet fritillaria (Fritillaria recurva)

California is toward the end of its Native Plant Week, April 15-23, with many events organized through the California Native Plant Society.

For more information on events in California see the California Native Plant Week events page.

Oregon’s Native Plant Appreciation Week starts this Sunday, April 23rd, running through April 29th. The Native Plant Society of Oregon (NPSO) also has many events planned for the week. NPSO Facebook page

For Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon Native Plant Appreciation Week events see their Facebook page.

Oregon Native Plant Appreciation Week

Bumble Bee Blitz

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Dr. Robbin Thorp will lead the Bumble Bee Blitz in search of Franklin’s bumble bee.

Bumble Bee Blitz

July 17-July 21 2017

Save the Date! Come out and help look for the possibly extinct Franklin’s bumble bee (Bombus franklinii), and the rare Western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) on Mt. Ashland and in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument this summer. No experience necessary!

Armed with nets and viewing jars we will follow the flowers and keep our hopes up that we’ll find Franklin’s bumble bee, a bumble bee that hasn’t been seen since Dr. Robbin Thorp’s last sighting on Mt. Ashland in 2006.

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Robbin Thorp’s collection of the rare western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) and the possibly extinct Franklin’s bumble bee (Bombus franklinii). Note the size variations between queens, males and females. The queens are the largest.

Jeff Dillon, Endangered Species Division Manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service explains the task this way:

“Once again, we will be spending time in the Ashland area searching for mainly Bombus franklini but also Bombus occidentalis. This year we plan to spend two full days up on Mt. Ashland (Tuesday/Wednesday), a day over at the Hobart Bluff area (Thursday), and potentially part of a day at Grizzly Peak (Friday morning). This will occur the week of July 17 to July 21, 2017. Some of us may get there early enough to chase a few bumble bees Monday afternoon at Mt. Ashland depending on our travel time (sort of a warm up for the big week).

As before, all are invited to participate – all ages and all experience levels.

If you have any questions this early on, feel free to email me or give me a call. I’ll be sending out reminder emails in the coming months.”

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Jeffrey A. Dillon, Endangered Species Division Manager
US Fish and Wildlife Service Phone: 503.231.6179
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office Fax: 503.231.6195
2600 SE 98th Avenue, Suite 100 Email: Jeffrey_Dillon@fws.gov
Portland, Oregon 97266 http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo
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If you are interested in joining the Bumble Bee Blitz let Jeff know and he can put you on an email update list.

Viewing jars like these will be used to identify bees in the field. A bee/butterfly net will also be needed.

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Sulphur flower buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) is potential habitat for foraging Franklin’s bumble bees. Let’s find them!

Springtime Seed Germination

Yellow faced bumble bee queen foraging on Hound's tongue (Cynoglossum grande)

Yellow faced bumble bee queen foraging on Hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum grande)

Ahhh….spring! After a long, very wet winter in the Klamath-Siskiyou, sunshine and warmer weather have finally arrived. Spring weather has brought with it a bounty of beautiful spring wildflowers, bejeweled with overwintering queen bumble bees and butterflies, hungry and eager for the food these wildflowers offer. Another exciting thing that spring brings with it is seed germination! Yay!!!

There are little germinates all over the place where I seeded in the fall and winter —  in the garden; in the nursery; in the forest; on rocky slopes; in oak woodland; in pots in the greenhouse; in pots outside — and where it thrills me most: in the gardens, greenhouses, and on the land of my clients and customers! The wet winter has benefitted habitat restoration projects by triggering a high degree of seed germination this year. Successful projects make those of us who work hard to collect, clean and process native plant seeds happy!

Many people wonder how native plants are propagated from seed. Despite the fact that many native seeds need pretreatment, propagation can still be relatively simple. In order to help you visualize native seed germination and propagation, we offer this slideshow. Sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

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