Pollinator’s Garden – Year 2

Pollinator 07-27-2015

The experimental pollinator garden continued this year but with an El Nino spring.  The usefulness of the growth data gathered remains unknown.  The spring started with three times the normal precipitation that continued through June.  We were then hit with high temperatures and near drought conditions for the remainder of the summer.  While there was […]

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Where should it go? Part 1

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    2 75775P Penstemon strictus – 5″ pot  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon_strictus    These beauties will grow in the heat of our southern exposure native garden next to the pinks of echinacea and and dark purple of the may night sage. Now I need more yellow! Perhaps something low? 1 66320 Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler – 5″ […]

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The Pollinator’s Garden – Year 1

Rudbeckia, Texas Scarlet Sage, and May Night Salvia

  The pollinator’s garden made its start with a rainier than usual summer. My goal was to test the seeds’ propagation rate and performance in the dry heat of July with little additional irrigation.  This was important, as I intend to plant hardy natives at the neighborhood entrances and eventually create a demonstration garden in […]

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Designing the Pollinator’s Garden

The plan

After reading the book,  Planting, A New Perspective,  I am taking a measured approach to the plan for the pollinator’s garden.  While the plant material is nature friendly, the design need not be untamed.   Having a relatively tiny area to cover the plan will be a challenge as seed mixes can bring the unexpected. […]

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Preparing for a Bee friendly garden

Look at the pollen on this guy

A garden that draws pollinators usually begins with wonderful flowers full of food.  To take it even further,  providing sheltering opportunities for bees close to the food sources allows female bees to expend less energy foraging, saving energy for the care of their young. Native Bee Habitat Most north american bee species shelter in the […]

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Front yard new additions from seed

2014-seedlings

  To keep with the plans for pollinator friendly gardens, I am adding three short lived perennials to my front garden. Each of the following will be started from seed, some indoors and some outside. Hollyhock ‘Peaches n Dreams’  5 ft – 6 ft tall x 24″ w These hollyhocks are biennial, and will be […]

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