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

Can I be a Habitat Hero?

Western Tiger Swallowtail

The other day I was browsing my favorite plant catalog, High Country Gardens and read they have collaborated with Audobon Rockies and Plant Select to participate in the Habitat Hero project aiming to restore bird habitat and promote wildscaping. Lauren Springer Ogden created a pre-planned garden that provides food for birds.  While this garden has… Continue reading Can I be a Habitat Hero?

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

Seed Starting 2010

Colorado has a fairly short growing season, so many of the plants that would normally be started outdoors after danger of last spring frost I chose to start indoors. Getting the timing right is always a challenge. If you start too soon, plants will tend to be leggy and will have a hard time adjusting… Continue reading Seed Starting 2010

Seed Starting 2009

Today I started the following seeds in peat pellets. Columbine germinated 3/1  —  4/15 – still have a few plants Dainthus “Maiden Pink” germinated 2/22 —  4/15 all died English Daisy – variety   germinated 2/22 – 4/15 a few alive Shasta Daisy – germinated 2/25 – 4/15 a few alive Four O’clocks – germinated 2/25… Continue reading Seed Starting 2009