A combination of blue linum and purple sage takes front stage in Late Spring. The bees love the sage which will taper off just as the many echinacea begin to bloom. The spring weather so far in 2016 has been light rain alternating with sunny days in the 60s to 70s. No additional irrigation […]
I will be planting two of my peach seedlings along a back fence. This has been a long forgotten part of the yard. But one that would lend well to small fruit trees. My seedlings are ready for their permanent home and while that part of the yard is not in full use I think […]
Planning a Colorado shade garden with natives takes time and effort. I include links to available plants.
Every native plant replaced by the clearing for new developments might sustain a collapsing ecosystem.
The bees in the trees float in the breeze… and half went to a nice new home. Wow. What a delight to watch bees swarming. On April 8, I was outside and heard the low buzz of bees roaming about, not unusual for the backyard. I thought nothing of it until that low buzz […]
Much of my life is given to understand the earth we inhabit from its celestial foundations to the organisms that benefit from the Earth’s life giving condition. By its nature, gardening feeds all these interests through the combination of: earth weather water microorganisms plants insects birds animals and the sun’s driving energy Imagine all the […]
The experimental pollinator garden continued this year but with an El Nino spring. The usefulness of the growth data gathered remains unknown. The spring started with three times the normal precipitation that continued through June. We were then hit with high temperatures and near drought conditions for the remainder of the summer. While there was […]
Last year a bee colony moved into a flicker nest in the silver maple. I had worried they wouldn’t last over the winter not knowing how deep the hole in the tree was. So I was happily surprised this year when the hive came to life in spring with so many bees! In early June […]
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″ […]
We went through quite a cold snap in early November, hitting record lows of -14 degrees farenheit. I don’t know if the bees survived as they have little protection in the flicker’s tree nest. If the y managed to survive the bees may not have enough honey to keep them for the winter. This […]
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 […]