Gardens of the Wild Wild West Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw. ~H.D. Thoreau Wed, 30 Sep 2015 01:38:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2015 Heritage Homes Tour—Don’t Miss It! Wed, 30 Sep 2015 01:38:31 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:52:58 +0000 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. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:46:30 +0000 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: @
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Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:50:44 +0000 gardening

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Lewis’s Monkeyflower, 2nd spotting this year! Sat, 08 Aug 2015 00:58:23 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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:

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 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:36:20 +0000 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 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:11:18 +0000 Columbian Larkspur

Columbian Larkspur


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Deadly. Pretty but Deadly. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:10:18 +0000 The eye catching but totally toxic acteae rubra, or Red baneberry.

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


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

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Wildflowers, WOW! Sun, 26 Jul 2015 03:09:02 +0000 Same trip from Ketchum to Fairfield ID, via Warm Springs Road, down through the Castle Rock fire burn area. These are Ranger’s Buttons. How cool are they?

Sphenosciadium Capitellatum, Rangers Buttons

Sphenosciadium Capitellatum, Rangers Buttons

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Cool stuff in the mountains of Idaho Sun, 26 Jul 2015 03:06:15 +0000 6-Sun Valley & Wildflowers July 2015

We stopped for a picnic on our way through the mountains. These aspen trees had been carved with initials. Lovers?

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