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May 20, 2014 / mountainparks

New May plantings

In May, we had an opportunity to get seedlings of native plants from Rick, our frequent supplier. Thanks to help from Carol, all of them were successfully planted the same day we received them, right before our most recent snowstorm May 11-12.

Scarlet globemallow, or Cowboy's delight

Scarlet globemallow, or Cowboy’s delight

Added to Red Rocks garden 5/10/14, for the record:

1 Joe Pye weed, Eutrochium maculatum (formerly Eupatorium maculatum), a wetland species
2 Swamp verbena, Verbena hastata
~6 Scarlet globemallow, Sphaeralcea coccinea, aka Cowboy’s delight
~6 Chiming bells, Mertensia lanceolata
~12 Blue flax, Linum lewisii
~6 Wild onion, Allium textile
~6 Needleleaf sedge, Carex eleocharis
~12 Gayfeather, Liatris punctata
~6 Prairie violet, Viola nuttallii
~6 Evening-primrose, Oenothera coronopifolia
~6 Bastard toadflax, Comandra umbellata

Tulip pricklypear, not planted as seedlings, but starts from joints, or pads

Tulip pricklypear, not planted as seedlings, but starts from joints, or pads

And, on 5/8/14, about 6 chunks of tulip pricklypear (Opuntia phaeacantha), varying in number of pads.

As of the intense rains of this past week, most of the tiny seedlings seem to be doing well. We have hopes of getting these species, most of which are new to the garden, well established this year.

We are also working on our interpretive signs, which we expect to complete this year, and Rick has also shared some of his photos of these species.

Photos in this post are copyright Rick Brune, and used by permission. Click on photos for slideshow, larger view, and full captions.

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