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

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  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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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 […]

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A Treasure Lost? Chatfield Reservoir

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    One of my favorite things about the area I live in is the access to natural environments within my community. I learned today that place will be lost perhaps forever. The reallocation of the Chatfield reservoir near my home will inundate large riparian areas and a state park heavily used in the summer […]

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Front Yard Plant List

Front plants

The plants I grow in my Colorado garden. Zone: 5 Area: Front Yard Light:  The front yard faces southeast and is shaded by a large silver maple on the Northeast corner.  Along a strip next to the driveway I get 6+ hours of sun, but the majority of the yard would be considered partial shade to […]

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Finally planted!

weigela

Fall planting in Colorado, a weigela’s story. Okay so I’m a lazy gardener come August. My beds look like a frat house after homecoming, and the last of my summer grand plans sit in pots waiting their permanent homes.  Though the yard needs tending, I daydream that its really not my lack of care come […]

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