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

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

Miss Bateman Clematis

Miss Bateman Clematis

Originally published 5/30/2011 Clematis  are part of the Ranunculaceae family. I very much like my Miss Bateman Clematis, a deciduous perennial climber.  I planted two last year in my Colorado garden and both are faring well.  They have reached a height of about 3 feet and are growing vigorously.  They need a better attachment to… Continue reading Miss Bateman Clematis

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

The pollution soakers: Colorado natives to test

Cotoneaster franchetii  plant beat all others in a Royal Horticultural Society study to determine how much car pollution a hedge formed plant removed from the air and captured within leaf materials.  Leaf samples were measured for heavy metals: Zn, Cu, Pb, as well as Na.  before and after being exposed to roadside traffic for 9 days without… Continue reading The pollution soakers: Colorado natives to test

Give nature a blanket in winter

and you’ll see habitat everywhere you look Dried leaves as blankets I freely admit I’m not neat or tidy, or organized.  But I like beauty and that usually requires some tidiness or organization. For most suburbanites the fall tidy up means a clearing of dead leaves.  But imagine if we treated our bodies the same… Continue reading Give nature a blanket in winter

Roses in the garden

This is the Portland Rose Garden managed by the Portland Rose Society.

Planting a rose in a Colorado garden. Roses do great in Front Range Colorado, partially due to the dryness of the air which discourages the fungal diseases you see in eastern roses like black spot.  You just need to ensure you have your clays well mixed with organic matter to create space for air and… Continue reading Roses in the garden

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa- common butterflyweed is an essential part of the Colorado Garden. So lovely and bright, it also is a workhorse for providing  to our natural food web. I am planting this in both a sandy site and a heavy clay – two different varieties. I have seeds from Plants from Prairie Nursery    

2021 Plant planning homestead

 Silo Garden and Entry Lane Imagine a place to hang out under the shade of the trees,  a silo bar offering up cold beverages while people play cornhole.  This is the silo garden.  To its north end lies a patio with benches and bar stools. To its south a rounded garden of wildflowers and path… Continue reading 2021 Plant planning homestead

Short Prairie Mixes for CO neighbors of habitat

As you live in this world you begin to know what makes for happy neighbors. For some its a natural part of life.  For others, we have to work at being amongst the world.  The older I get the more introverted my tendency. Luckily I have outgoing neighbors to draw me out. And over the… Continue reading Short Prairie Mixes for CO neighbors of habitat