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 way?  Instead of putting on a warm […]

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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 […]

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Sandy Soil Natives

This is my first foray into sandy / loose soils.  Up until this year, most of my gardening has taken place in mature suburban yards.   Places with some pretty ugly clay when you dig down.  Thank goodness for the class I’m taking.  I have learned about sand as a soil and how to work with […]

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Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks

Though not a book with hefty covers, Xerces Societies’ downloadable pamphlet, Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks is a MUST have reference for the neighbor of habitat.  It gives as much information as any on what to plant to be a part of the new garden phenomenon. The booklet also describes how […]

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Eriogonum Umbellatum

Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum (Su,D,RS,N)   A colorado native Full sun Rocky slopes, shallow sandy soils Moisture: Dry Host Plant to lupine blue butterfly Sulphur-flower buckwheat is a native, low-growing, woody perennial in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae). The plant typically forms low, broad mats with individual clumps ranging from 4 inches to 2 ft (but […]

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