Back Yard Plant List

The plants I track in my Colorado garden. Zone: 5 Light:  Mostly part-shade to deep shade.  Looking out my patio I face northwest and the majority of the yard is shaded by numerous trees throughout the day.  The most sunny spot is it the Northwest tip of the yard where I have my flower and […]

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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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Hybrid tea rose with yellowing leaves – UPDATE

Today I posted a question to CSU’s Plant Talk to help with my new rose I planted not long ago in the front yard.  I’ve never used this service before so we’ll see what they say. The rose is a Week’s  Nursery plant that was wonderfully healthy when I purchased it from Creekside Gardens in […]

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Gathering seeds for a more formal cottage look.

Cosmos bipinnatus loves a Colorado summer. This summer my front yard’s main flower bed took on the appearance of an untended cottage garden, mainly due to the cosmos I let take over all along the driveway. Cosmos (cosmos bipinnatus), a native to Mexico and the southern states, are a happy annual that readily reseed here in […]

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Hollyhock from seed 2010 gorgeous in 2011

    Who knew Alcea Rosa would be such a wonderment in my Colorado garden.  Last year I grew hollyhock plants from seed named, Alcea Rosea  ‘Nigra’. The “death hollyhock,” as my husband calls it, is a wonderfully dark maroon that can appear almost black on an overcast day.  While looking up this plant I […]

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Seed Starting 2010

Colorado has a fairly short growing season, so many of the plants that would normally be started outdoors after danger of last spring frost I chose to start indoors. Getting the timing right is always a challenge. If you start too soon, plants will tend to be leggy and will have a hard time adjusting […]

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