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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Designing the Pollinator’s Garden

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

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

  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?

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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