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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Dropseed and Little Bluestem grasses arrive; soon big bluestem as well

The grasses that will make up the main fill for the prairie substrate  includes two native grasses that will provide both habitat and structure. LITTLE BLUESTEM ( Schizachyrium scoparium) DROPSEED (Sporobolus heterolepis) These little beauties arrived 5/16/2019 The intention was to allow acclimation 2 days in shade of patio and then move to sun. But […]

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Gaillardia being tested in Sandy soil.

I chose a number of different sites around Grandma’s house for spreading gaillardia seed. I need to head back up to see if I see any seedlings. They’re supposed to get taproots that will help establish them for summer. Side yard and gallery Some ideas are they planned garden. 3 rows of sascaton grasses. In […]

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In the Garden, Herbs and Monarda in raised beds to entice butterflies to habitate

Not every wildlife habitat is large.  In fact having a bit of what a little guy needs is nothing more than a few feet of well placed plants, water, and cover. #NofH Converting today’s vege garden to a butterfly’s haven will experiment with 3 kinds of planting. A raised bed in a dry part of […]

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Ideas for a native revival in a local meadows

https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SAAM2 The growth we want to keep to is plains plants.  Some near water – others should survive fully in the  sun. I would like to turn wayside gardens into a native treasure in our small area. Starting around the Wayside meadows sign small shrubs and herbacious perennials greet the neighbors. Near the drainage ditch, […]

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