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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Garden 2019 native plants to convert the lawn

My lawn is no longer sustainable in its current form.  Not because its not beautiful or healthy with the additional water.   Its just that. water.  Denver is not considering the concrete jungle its creating.  Density is thirsty. Its replacement must be maintenance sustainable. The ease of lawn mowing is overstated.  Unless you move to a […]

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Plants I want

  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) […]

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The Pollinator garden today

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 […]

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Where should it go? Part 1

    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

  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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