Echinacea purpurea Purple coneflower

Look at the pollen on this guy

Echinacea purpurea Eastern purple coneflower (Su,M,A,N) 2 – 3 ft H x 1 – 2ft W. Pinkish purple daisy-like blooms in mid summer on single flowering stocks. Flower center is burnt orange spikes that become dark seed heads in fall. Dark green leaves and stems have course hair. Stems remain upright throughout winter and seed… Continue reading Echinacea purpurea Purple coneflower

Nicotiana sylvestris – Annual

Nicotiana sylvestris (Su,M,LC,XA) Night-scented tobacco 24″ tall x 12 – 36″ spread, mounded with bright leaves and white summer blooms from June to October. An annual in Colorado, it’s native to the Andes region in Argentina and Bolivia, in South America. Blooms:  Summer  (Su) Moisture: Medium  (M) Soil Type: Loam and Clay (LC) Range: Non-Native… Continue reading Nicotiana sylvestris – Annual

Hummingbird visits the Monarda

I have a love-hate relationship with hummingbirds. They are brilliant and quick, tiny and bold. They are also territorial, dive-bombing murderers. Yes they have chased birds into windows. So it was with this new that I told my neighbor the cheery demons were all hers. Sho she great plants and feeders. But today I happened… Continue reading Hummingbird visits the Monarda

Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, Beebalm (Sf,DM,A,N) 2 – 4 ft H x 2 – 3 ft W. Spider-like lavender blooms in late summer on single flowering stocks. Great plant to bring in wildlife. Blooms:  Late Summer to early fall  (Sf) Moisture: Dry to Medium  (DM) Soil Type: All soil types when local ecotype is available… Continue reading Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

Colorado Monarchs and IMMP Pilot 2021

Field Site for IMMP Pilot program in Colorado.

Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program 2021 This year I’m volunteering for a cooperative science program aimed at identifying the habitats monarchs use the most. Previous studies have not included the aspects of resource availability, site vegetation inventories, and the resources used. We all know that monarchs use milkweed for larval stages, but adults have needs for… Continue reading Colorado Monarchs and IMMP Pilot 2021

Prunus americana Wild Plum

Prunus americana  American Plum / Wild Plum On sale in 2021 at Tagawa Gardens – this most intoxicatingly scented spring bloomer is a hardy, woody tall shrub or flowering tree. Blooming in March, this is early food source for native bees waking up in Spring. https://tagawagardens.com/documents/2021_Nursery_Trees_Shrubs_List.pdf This year we had a large wet snowstorm on… Continue reading Prunus americana Wild Plum

Give nature a blanket in winter

and you’ll see habitat everywhere you look Dried leaves as blankets I freely admit I’m not neat or tidy, or organized.  But I like beauty and that usually requires some tidiness or organization. For most suburbanites the fall tidy up means a clearing of dead leaves.  But imagine if we treated our bodies the same… Continue reading Give nature a blanket in winter

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa- common butterflyweed is an essential part of the Colorado Garden. So lovely and bright, it also is a workhorse for providing  to our natural food web. I am planting this in both a sandy site and a heavy clay – two different varieties. I have seeds from Plants from Prairie Nursery    

Bouteloua curtipendula – Sideoats grama

sideoats grama

Bouteloua curtipendula – Sideoats Grama (Su,DM,A,N) 12-36″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light green spiky leaves.  Purple-red spikes form on one side of the stem from late June to early August.   When blooming,  orange stamens and feathery stigmas form from the spikelets. host plant for a number of butterflies and moths; seeds for birds Blooms:  Mid… Continue reading Bouteloua curtipendula – Sideoats grama