The curved billed thrasher family is growing up. All three youngsters are out hopping about on the cholla cactus branches, getting fed by mom and dad and soon they will be on their own. We unusually see the parents raise three batches of chicks each spring and summer in this cholla.
Let me take you on a little garden walk-about to see what is blooming just now. We still have all of these plants for sale in our Farm Stand store, but some of them are in limited quantities at this point. They are all superb for gardeners in the southwest.
This is Penstemon supurbus (pink) and Chocolate Flower (yellow). The chocolate flower smells like hot chocolate chip cookies each morning as the new flowers bloom. This plant blooms from May thru end of October, sometimes into November. The Penstemon is wonderful, with vivid flowers and grayish-blue foliage.
This beauty is Siberian Motherwort and it is a really good medicinal plant for women’s issues and as a nervine. It is also a fantastic plant to attract bees, both native bees and honeybees, both of which love it!
The Sea Kale is also blooming now with gorgeous white flowers. This is a big plant (similar in size to a rhubarb plant). The foliage and flowers are completely edible, although the leaves, though tasty, are big and need to be cooked since they are too tough to eat fresh.
This is a little mat-forming plant called Silver Kisses Pyrethrum Daisy. It is a very sweet plant for rock gardens, xeric gardens or fairy gardens. It prefers full sun and moderate water and gets about 3″ tall or so.
Smokey Hills Skullcap is another small, but beautiful plant that blooms all summer. It is about 6-8″ tall, grows in full sun or part shade. Another great miniature or fairy garden plant.
This yellow-flowered plant is Bulbine and it is a semi-succulent medicinal skin herb. You use the foliage similar to how you would use the gel inside an aloe plant and for the same type of skin conditions, but it is NOT related to aloe in any way. It likes full sun or part shade, moderate water and blooms the entire summer.
Muhley Grass is a fantastic ornamental grass that is native to New Mexico. It blooms in late summer through the fall with pinkish-mauve flowers. It dances in the breeze and puts on quite the garden show. Stunning!
Another really nice Penstemon is Penstemon psuedospectabilis. We have this blooming in our hawk well garden with hot pink flowers and silvery foliage. It is tallish to about 2-2.5 feet tall with large flowers that attract bumblebees and hummingbirds.
For those that like shades of oranges, tangerines, yellows and apricots, there is Hot Poker Hybrids (Kniphofia triangularis hybrids). This is another hummingbird magnet both in our flower seed field and in the garden.
I’ll leave you with this photo of our back doorstep garden where the huge Anasazi pot will soon be placed. This is one of my new gardens and I’m quite pleased with how it is turning out. You can see the Chocolate Flower in the background. The reddish pink is Jupiter’s Beard (sometimes called Red Valerian, but not used medicinally like true Valerian). Then there is a little dwarf iris in the front.
Hope you have enjoyed this garden walk-about of some of the things blooming right now in our gardens. If you think you might like some of them in your gardens, come and visit us on our Open Farm Days until June 5th, between 9am and 4pm. Remember that we are closed on Fridays. We are located at 1270 Field Ave. in Canon City, Colorado. Maybe you’ll find these or a different plant in our Farm Stand store that is calling to you to grow in your garden.
With Green Thoughts,