Permaculture Practice Where to start is to read The Permaculture Design Course Handbook. It leads you through the 11 design principles whose goal is a community of plants and animals acting in coordination for mutual benefit. When thoughtfully placed near each other (relative location) each element provides at least three functions for other elements. Principles […]
Help Audubon plant over 1 million bird-friendly plants, If you have 2 square feet outdoors, you have space for a bird friendly plant. Here are 9 great Colorado natives for anyone’s outdoor space.
From: http://www.westernnativeseed.com/wildflowers.html Native Sun Oxytropis sericea cluster of white flowers on a single stem. Part of the pea family and flowers remind me of the shape of a sweet pea. Lobelia cardinalis Oxytropis lambertii locoweed Robinia neomexicana Thermopsis divaricarpa Native Shade Maidenhair Fern Lobelia cardinalis ebony spleenwort http://intermountainbiota.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxauthid=1&taxon=1894&cl=4172 Perennial Arnica cordifolia heartleaf arnica, heart-leaf leopardbane. (photo Max Licher) […]
Nothing is better than being a nursery for our wildlife. With the pollinators garden well established, I’ve been lucky to watch the workings of a bee colony and see native bees that I had never seen before. Sweat bees are gorgeous! So who else can I bring to the yard? Butterflies it is! This species […]
I saw this picture I took a few days back and it’s the perfect back drop for a saying that speaks to me.
I am looking to convert the yard to a true native oasis for our birds and insects. Especially for those whose habitat is increasingly replaced with 10×30 foot “yards.” Native bushes once gardened color, form or just a learning device,
What a lovely new hollyhock. Grown from seed a few years ago, this one is now happily blooming. It was supposed to be a peach color, called ‘Peaches and Dreams’. In fact it was the centerpiece of a new color scheme I had for the front garden. Peach and purple would make up the […]
The plants I track in my Colorado garden. Zone: 5 Light: Mostly part-shade to deep shade. Looking out my patio I face northwest and the majority of the yard is shaded by numerous trees throughout the day. The most sunny spot is it the Northwest tip of the yard where I have my flower and […]
Today, I officially joined the Million Pollinator Gardens ranks. Through initiatives like theirs we can learn how important our small plots of land might sustain the very important neighbors we have that keep our world fruiting. I can’t wait to be a better member of the community of life. Currently both the Echinacea just started […]
Everyone knows I love animals. I have always kept bird feeders, provided shelter and water to birds. In 2014, I added more to the arsenal in my quest to be a neighbor of habitat. Having fresh water for birds is just as important. A hanging bath has drawn more than all my lovely traditional baths. […]