Best New Spring Bulbs for your Mountain States Garden

Or what I am planting this weekend:

Sweet Promises of Spring Clockwise from top left: Fritillaria uva-vulpis, Tulip 'Akebono', and Fritillaria meleagris, Fritillaria persica, and Daffodil Delnashaugh.

Sweet Promises of Spring Clockwise from top left: Fritillaria uva-vulpis, Tulip ‘Akebono’, and Fritillaria meleagris, Fritillaria persica, and Daffodil Delnashaugh.

 

I chose spring flowering bulbs that do well where I live. Daffodils are disliked by deer and rodents. I will put the tulips in a jumbo container – yes, all 20 of them – for a knock out display. Critters don’t care for the fritillaries, either.

 

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The City of Trees, Nature’s Garden

My oh my, we are having a beautiful autumn:

Color Me Autumn

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2015 Heritage Homes Tour—Don’t Miss It!

One of the best fund raising events (especially for folks who love to do home and garden tours) in Boise. A self-guided walking tour featuring homes in the Kootenai Street Historic Neighborhood. Each paid participant received a booklet with neighborhood and individual home histories. Participants are allowed to enter the homes on the tour. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the starting point, South Jr. High, on Cassia.

This is Preservation Idaho’s Signature Annual Event. Heritage Home Tour celebrates a significant Boise neighborhood each year and offers Idahoans the opportunity to learn more about the history of our city and state while enjoying a stroll through a local neighborhood. The tour hours are from 10a – 4:00p.
The Start Point is South Jr High, which is at 3101 W. Cassia Street in Boise.

Additional Information:
It takes approximately 3 hours to complete the tour.
The tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Tour will be held rain or shine.
Wear weather-appropriate clothing.
Children ages 10 and under can participate for free.
Children older than 10 will pay full ticket price.

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SNOW Block: It’s that cool

Check out this awesome blog and Linda’s cool project: The SNOW Project

And, here’s a great video from KTVB: Right up their alley

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How Plants Work: for your library.

I coulda/shoulda/woulda been a scientist if I hadn’t been terrified of algebra/calculus/chemistry. Instead, I can turn to Linda Chalker Scott’s books. And I do. Regularly.

How Plants Work

Linda Chalker Scott's latest awesome book.

Linda Chalker Scott’s latest awesome book.

Order your copy here: @ Amazon.com
or here, @TimberPress.com

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Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1604694270/ref=rdr_ext_tmbveg gardening

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Lewis’s Monkeyflower, 2nd spotting this year!

Mimulus lewisii

Mimulus lewisii

And right on schedule, as it was first reported by Lewis and Clark on August 12, 1805.
From the Forest Service website, a little background and a link: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/mimulus_lewisii.shtml

Based on their journals, the explorers encountered Mimulus lewisii “on the head springs of the Missouri [River], at the foot of Portage hill” a site that is interpreted by Phillips as the head of Trail Creek, Montana, just below Lemhi Pass.

Lewis’s monkeyflower is a tall perennial forb, reaching a height of 3½ feet. It occurs commonly along mountain streamsides, often among rocks and boulders, from southeastern Alaska to Alberta and south to California, Utah, and Colorado. The opposite leaves are distinctive in being sessile, coarsely toothed, and having prominent palmate veins. The flowers have 5 petals fused at the base into a short tube and flaring at the mouth into two weakly-defined lips. To Linnaeus, these lips had the appearance of a smile or grin, earning the genus its name Mimulus after mimus for a grinning comic actor. The “smiling corolla” may also account for the common name of monkeyflower, for its fanciful resemblance to a grinning simian.

In any event, it’s a beautiful plant. This charmer was found near Arrowrock Reservoir, on a sand slide of decomposed granite.

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Lewis’s Monkeyflower

Lewis's Monkeyflower

Lewis’s Monkeyflower

This beauty was first reported by the Corps of Discovery on August 12, 1805, at Lemhi Pass, Montana.

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Aconitum columbianum or Columbian larkspur: tall and elegant

Columbian Larkspur

Columbian Larkspur

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Deadly. Pretty but Deadly.

The eye catching but totally toxic acteae rubra, or Red baneberry.

The eye catching but totally toxic acteae rubra, or Red baneberry.

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While birds can eat the berries with no problem, these berries are highly toxic to people, often causing cardiac arrest.

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