Pacific Northwest

March, 2008
Regional Report

Books

Bugs of Washington and Oregon
Bugs of Washington and Oregon, by John Acorn and Ian Sheldon (Lone Pine Publishing, 2001; $12), is an entertaining text that brings out the personality of each insect, while detailed illustrations bring them to life. From delicate and beautiful butterflies to scary and venomous spiders, all of the insects in the book are grouped and color-coded for easy identification. I especially like the quick-glance key to bugs at the beginning of the book, which helps me find the related text in a hurry. Bug enthusiasts and amateur entomologists will appreciate this field guide from The Discovery Channel's "Nature Nut," John Acorn, and illustrator Ian Sheldon.

Favorite or New Plant

Snow-in-Summer
If you have a sunny space and want to fill it with the whitest of flowers, plant snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum). Its narrow leaves on low-growing stems form a tight mat, and in May and June starry white flowers appear.

Snow-in-summer needs room to perform. A single plant can spread to become a carpet 3 feet wide in almost any soil. I plant it in bold drifts at the corner of my property where I can admire it from any vantage point in the garden.

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