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August 30, 2014 / mountainparks

After rains, weeds come

Our small but intrepid group made the most of wet ground—great weed-pulling conditions—today at the Red Rocks garden. Sally had missed the July workday (and apparently we failed to record it here), so was perhaps unprepared for the volume of vegetation that greeted us. We made some headway, however!

We made an effort to get ahead of a few undesirables. Annual witchgrass and tough-to-dig orchardgrass were targets, as were western ragweed (which we can only slow down, not stop) and horseweed (Conyza canadensis). Although natives, these last two can become far too abundant for our garden.

Speaking of “abundant,” our prairie cordgrass is thriving! We fully expect to be cutting it back in future years. Fall flowers beginning to come into bloom include the small white asters, purple spikes of gayfeather, and, of course, the hairy gold-asters, which never seem to stop blooming! Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) took a beating early in the year, and is barely flowering, but should be looking good by next year. Our transplanted cacti are also looking fat and happy.

Here’s our traditional group photo, featuring Jack, Sally, Susan, and Cy. We missed you, but had a good morning in the garden!
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