Prunus americana Wild Plum

Prunus americana  American Plum / Wild Plum On sale in 2021 at Tagawa Gardens – this most intoxicatingly scented spring bloomer is a hardy, woody tall shrub or flowering tree. Blooming in March, this is early food source for native bees waking up in Spring. https://tagawagardens.com/documents/2021_Nursery_Trees_Shrubs_List.pdf This year we had a large wet snowstorm on… Continue reading Prunus americana Wild Plum

Planting Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’ peach

Planting Date:  3/8/2021 The nursery near me had 3 varieties of semi-dwarf peach trees.  My desires are pretty general.  I want a delicious peach that can reliably ripen before a frost (as early as early September) and one that is hardy. Prunus persica hails from an intermountain region of China, in the province on Nanjing. … Continue reading Planting Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’ peach

Back Yard Plant List

The plants I track in my Colorado garden. Zone: 5 Light: 2020 – 30% sun, 35% part-shade, 35% shade. Looking out my patio I face northwest and the majority of the yard is shaded by numerous trees throughout the day.  A large maple was removed in 2019 at the southwestern edge that has created more… Continue reading Back Yard Plant List

Sandy Soil Natives

This is my first foray into sandy / loose soils.  Up until this year, most of my gardening has taken place in mature suburban yards.   Places with some pretty ugly clay when you dig down.  Thank goodness for the class I’m taking.  I have learned about sand as a soil and how to work with… Continue reading Sandy Soil Natives

Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi

Kinnikinnick or Bearberry  arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Sp,DM,D,N) 6″ – 1′ H Native Mountain Groundcover with Late spring flowers in white and Pink in mats created by rhizomes. Full Sun – Part Sun Requires Acidic Soils Light soils, Sand, Loam, Gravel Moisture: Dry Host Plant to  butterflies Attracts hummingbirds Kinnikinnick is a pine forest staple.  In the… Continue reading Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi

A foreign allium while waiting for natives.

Planting the Rosy Dream allium Native  alternative:  Allium cernuum – good for native bees.  Grow in moist soils . allium-carolinianum is a native of asia – is a lower growing allium standing at 14 -16″  Its light color will look most striking against a darker background.  These bloom from mid-spring until early summer.  April –… Continue reading A foreign allium while waiting for natives.

Geum triflorim – Prairie Smoke

Geum triflorum Pursh Old man’s whiskers/ Prairie Smoke 3″ x 6″h (seed head) Blooms: Spring Bloom Water/Drainage Dry to medium Soil Type: Sand, Sand loam Called a Versitale plant for the rock garden. It has 3 season interest and you might be lucky to see a bumble-bee! I have not seen one in more than… Continue reading Geum triflorim – Prairie Smoke