How to quantify results of a backyard shift to natives

For this to be a true effort in providing habitat to native pollinators and birds we must be able to identify the species involved as well as quantify the results. What is a measure of success? How many life cycles constitute a stable population? Of course the first goal is to see species the first… Continue reading How to quantify results of a backyard shift to natives

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… Continue reading Eriogonum Umbellatum

Ratibida columnifera

Ratibida columnifera – Prairie coneflower (Su,DM,A,N) 12 – 36″ tall x 12 – 18″ spread, fine, lacy leaves.  Yellow to reddish summer blooms from June to September.   Light brown columnar center of the flower with yellow drooped rays form resemble a sombrero.  The R. columnifera forma pulcherrima have brownish purple rays. Another common name for… Continue reading Ratibida columnifera

A foreign allium while waiting for natives.

Planting the Rosy Dream allium Native  alternative:  Allium cernuum – good for native bees.  Grow in moist soils . allium-carolinianum is a native of asia – is a lower growing allium standing at 14 -16″  Its light color will look most striking against a darker background.  These bloom from mid-spring until early summer.  April –… Continue reading A foreign allium while waiting for natives.

Bulbs for spring feeding

Iris reticulata Purple-blue flowers. Late winter/early spring Sun/Part Shade Ht: 6-7″ Size: 6/+ Qty: 26 Spacing:3-4″ Pl.depth:3″ Product Grown From Cultivated Stock Ref: 9178 ALLIUM ‘ROSY DREAM’ Violet-pink flower heads Late spring/early summer Full Sun Ht: 14-16″ Size: 6/+ Qty: 26 Spacing:14-16″ PI.depth:4 Product Grown From Cultivated Stock Camassia ‘Blue Melody’ 14-18″ h x 6-18″… Continue reading Bulbs for spring feeding

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Seeds for the new Prairie garden

Originally Posted on 4/15/2019. These can be planted this fall. Sideoats Grama Seed (Bouteloua curtipendula) Item #: 21520 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00 Purple Prairie Clover Seed (Dalea purpurea) Item #: 16860 Seed Weight: 1/4 Oz $6.00 Switchgrass Seed (Panicum virgatum) Item #: 27570 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00   Fall Planting: Purchase… Continue reading Seeds for the new Prairie garden