Colorado Monarchs and IMMP Pilot 2021

Field Site for IMMP Pilot program in Colorado.

Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program 2021 This year I’m volunteering for a cooperative science program aimed at identifying the habitats monarchs use the most. Previous studies have not included the aspects of resource availability, site vegetation inventories, and the resources used. We all know that monarchs use milkweed for larval stages, but adults have needs for… Continue reading Colorado Monarchs and IMMP Pilot 2021

What’s blooming this week June 13th 2021

Dianthus mid bloom Allium near done Rocky Mountain penstemon just blooming Hybrid tea roses just blooming Peony just blooming Salvia near done Mock orange just blooming Linum near done Catalpa 3/4 of way down blooms are 50% open Iris near done Honeysuckle just blooming Smoke Bush just blooming Clover just blooming Just budding Ratibidia columnifera

The prairie’s color

The colors of a Colorado prairie are light and airy. The color of straw, of pink lipstick and sage.

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Doubts about the Prairie

Can I maintain this? How do i get from here .. TO … Sometimes I think I just made a huge mistake. Easy to mow grass is replaced with open ground and weeds. The grass I hope to grow was mingled with the bluegrass an indistinguishable when trying to clear ground. The stone steps that… Continue reading Doubts about the Prairie

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Panicum virgatum – switchgrass

Panicum virgatum – Switchgrass  (F,DM,Any,N, Sun) It forms a dense columnar foliage clump.  It can spread slowly through rhizomes.  Will stand up to winter, with its dense stalks.  Recommended use back border of prairie grass or hedge former. Airy seed heads in fall add dimension.  It is generally found in mesic (moist) conditions and can… Continue reading Panicum virgatum – switchgrass

Noxious weed Lepidium draba Whitetop – Hoary Cress

Photo:  Lepidium, Clusters of white flowers in late spring seen amongst blue catmint.  12 inches high. For a long time I’ve let volunteers grow in my garden to see what they do.  Until now, I’ve managed to eradicate anything that I didn’t like or was weedy.  Now I have Hoary Cress or Whitetop,  a weed… Continue reading Noxious weed Lepidium draba Whitetop – Hoary Cress