What’s this mushroom?

Wow this is a big cluster of mushroom. It’s growing on the decaying roots of the silver maple. I have posted it to inaturalist to see if I can get an identification.

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

New plants in 2017

I am left with so little time these days its hard to keep up with watering new plants nevermind documenting their introduction! But what would a plant list be if their incomplete Additions: Hakone Grass Lady Fern Sedum Sunsparkler Cornus Canadensis (bunchberry) Arborvitae North Pole Rasberry Anne Fall bearing Rasberry Joan J Fall bearing Rasberry… Continue reading New plants in 2017

Container for a shady spot

A nice spot to sit

If you have an area of your yard that is shady and lacks color, I have a combination for you. There is nothing like a bright lime green to brighten a shady spot. This combination of lime green potato vine, white and green caladium and rusty coleus adds life to an area of my yard that… Continue reading Container for a shady spot

2012 Spring arrivals

I am happy to say that many of the late purchases of  last season have returned this warm Colorado spring.  For me the most joyful part of gardening is seeing a misplaced or mistreated plant beat the odds. Thelypteris decursive-pinnata (Japanese Beech Fern) These ferns are planted under a silver maple, in very dry shade.… Continue reading 2012 Spring arrivals

McKana’s Giant Columbine

The gorgeous purple and white McKana

An impressive columbine mix from seed. Who says growing plants from seed can only be veges? Today I’m reaping the reward of growing 6 or 7 columbines from seed last year.  The mix, called McKana’s Giant Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea) , are quite gorgeous. I’ve seen three different kinds of varieties so far. As a native… Continue reading McKana’s Giant Columbine

New Plants for 2011

Helleborus 'White Lady' and Clematis 'Jackmanii'

I just received my Gurney’s order and I now need to plant the following plants. 3 Helleborus Orientalis ‘White Lady’ After reading additional information about these guys they need constantly moist, highly organic soil.  That does not equate to the bed where I was thinking of placing it.  Oh the bane of dry shade and… Continue reading New Plants for 2011