Author Archives: Linda M. Hellow

Wild Ones Visits a Suburban Prairie

Lakewood resident Rick Brune hosted a tour of his backyard short-grass prairie on Wednesday evening, August 13th. Despite the drizzle, 10 people enjoyed a walk through the prairie where the Liatris punctata, Ratibida columnifera, Asclepias pumila, Polanisia dodecandra, Cleome serrulata … Continue reading

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What’s that Bug on My Rabbitbrush!

It’s a black grubby thing that, when the light is just so, is metallic green. This is the third year I’ve watched this annoying pest chomp most of the green leaves from the bush. This normally tough shrub is dying … Continue reading

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Eradicate the Myrtle Spurge!

What early blooming, succulent-like plant looks at home in a sunny Colorado rock garden but is really an obnoxious invader? Myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites)! If you live along the Front Range, you’re probably seeing it blooming in your neighborhood about … Continue reading

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Anticipation and Planning

What’s greening up in your garden? Spring’s warmth calls to our sleepy flora: Wake up! Shake off your winter coat and display your new green garb. We gardeners get positively giddy with the first show of green. I’ve been tip-toeing … Continue reading

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More Plants with Winter Interest

I’ve been taking more photos of the native plants in my garden between snowfalls. I’ve noticed how some plants show off their red colors as the snow falls off the seed heads. I especially like Gaillardia aristata in the winter. … Continue reading

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How to Harvest Seed From Your Native Plants

The Seed Swap is Sept. 19th! Start harvesting seed now! What’s going to seed in your garden? I’m seeing plenty of seed harvesting opportunities. Saving seed to propagate your own plants is a rewarding way to expand your native plant … Continue reading

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