Hummingbird visits the Monarda

I have a love-hate relationship with hummingbirds. They are brilliant and quick, tiny and bold. They are also territorial, dive-bombing murderers. Yes they have chased birds into windows. So it was with this new that I told my neighbor the cheery demons were all hers. Sho she great plants and feeders. But today I happened… Continue reading Hummingbird visits the Monarda

Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, Beebalm (Sf,DM,A,N) 2 – 4 ft H x 2 – 3 ft W. Spider-like lavender blooms in late summer on single flowering stocks. Great plant to bring in wildlife. Blooms:  Late Summer to early fall  (Sf) Moisture: Dry to Medium  (DM) Soil Type: All soil types when local ecotype is available… Continue reading Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

This year I am testing a bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer. This is a natural fertilizer that provides not only phosphorus but calcium. Calcium helps avoid blossom end rot that can ruin a tomato. Update: I’m sure noone has read or followed the wet instructions… but if you’ve just come across this… DON’T… Continue reading Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Elymus trachycaulus – Slender wheatgrass (Su,DM,A,N) 12-40″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light blue-green wide leaves. Slender wheatgrass is a perennial, cool-season, short-lived, coarse, tufted bunchgrass. Leaves are from 3 to 13 inches long and upto a half inch wide, with basal leaves longer than upper leaves. The culms are erect, ranging from 6 to 48… Continue reading Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

What’s blooming week of June 21st

Roses, Penstemon, delphinium, viola. Mint has reappeared in the flower bed, obscuring a Campanula(?)  In the prairie, dill starting to bud, black eyed susans starting to bud,  prairie coneflower blooming.  The pink lemonade honeysuckle smells lovely.   Koeleria Macanthra (June grass), Dianthus gratianopolitanus, Cerastium tomentosum ( Snow in Summer ) all mid bloom. In the shade… Continue reading What’s blooming week of June 21st

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

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