Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mexican Shell Flowers

Tigridia: aka Mexican Shellflowers
Some gardeners scoff when I mention I plant Tigridia -- because she only flowers for one short day. I'm simply delighted to be there, on the day her petals unfurl..

Over winter these very tender bulbs indoors. And, plant at least a dozen! They come in a variety of jaw-dropping colors.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Rambunctious Yellow Rose

Wild Yellow Roses

Hi, Mom.

I always say that when she's in bloom. I grew up with this rose. She was a wild bloomer at my mom's house in South Dakota for as long as I can remember. As a tiny girl, I'd steal the flowers and wear them in my hair.

In 2003, when I was starting my own garden, Mom gifted me one of her 'children.' An off shoot of the big rose bush.

Which scared me half to death.

You know.. one of those pressure plants where you don't want to confess to the owner that you killed it!

"Fear not, young gardener. I love it here." 

The second her roots touched the soil she felt at home. And, has slowly but surely squeezed out every other flower in this section of my garden.

Fine by me.

*  She's not actually a wild rose bush. At least, I don't think so. But, she's tough as nails. Fully intends to live longer than me. Never gets a drop of water. Doesn't really care...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Centaurea Montana

Centaurea Montana
It's a purple / blue time in the garden, and I'm loving every day of it. The Montana (above) and the Dame's Rocket (below), are putting on quite a pretty show.

Montana -- zone 3, drought tolerant, and so dainty - a long blooming perennial, with deadheading. This flower prefers full sun but since I never water it; it only survives in the shady spots.

Dame's Rocket
Yes. I know... I should be adding these Rockets to the 'weed list' but it is such a delight to see them covered in Swallowtail Butterflies...

Plus, the Rockets, just like the Montana, get a bad rap because they are problematic in well-watered gardens. Reseed like crazy and kill off other wildflowers. In this spot, beneath this native tree, where they never receive a drop of water... they are very well-behaved.

* Dame's Rocket has been deemed a noxious weed in the rich, moist, acidic soils of the southeast.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Meadow Phlox

Pretty little Meadow Phlox, blooming in the debris of a rotting tree. I love hiking this time of year. Something gorgeous is always flowering... #utahwildflowers

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bitter Root


Lewisia -- aka Bitter Root. I've never seen one in the wild but they are, allegedly, Rocky Mountain wildflowers.

This little cutie (flowers approximately 1 inch wide) is growing in my rock garden.

* Zone 5. They are very sensitive to overwatering.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Blue Mountain Penstamon

Love the electric blue of this wildflower that is decorating the high mountain meadows around Deer Valley right now. She will also flourish in the drier spots of your garden.

Most hybrids are Zones 4 - 9.  Does best in low nutrient alkaline soil.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Blue Bayou

The eerie desolation of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Driving out to our campsite, I had to stop for a minute and marvel at the weirdness of this place. Nothing can survive in this salty, smelly, water.

Looks so pretty in a picture. In reality? 50 mph winds. 102 degrees. Thanking my lucky stars we weren't camping here.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris

One of the crazy old ladies, decorating my garden. It is good to see her again. (I just returned to this home and garden after several years absence -- so this entire planting season will be a reunion, of sorts.)

Did you know...? Bearded Iris are one of the most practical, hard working, long lived perennials you could ever enjoy in the garden. They flourish in any type of soil. They don't mind if the winters are miserable. They don't care if you water them.

Bonus!  They weed themselves. Yup, you read that correctly. Their rhizomes (aka roots/root stalk) cluster together at the surface of the soil, squishing out any pesky weeds.

Thursday, June 07, 2018


Drought tolerant Knautia

The flowering trees are nearly spent so I was delighted to see the Knautia stepping up to take their place. Always the first to bloom in the Butterfly Garden. A cousin to the Pincushions -- those purple flowering perennials you often see at garden centers.

This gal will happily bloom without any help from you. Drought tolerant, flowers all summer long, with deadheading.

Knautia macedonica Zone 5

Wednesday, June 06, 2018


Arnold Red Honeysuckle Bush

A throwback to my childhood. We used to pinch off the flowers and taste a sweet drop of nectar.

Most folks grow the vines -- I do, too -- but I'm partial to the free-standing shrubs, their brilliant flowers and how they flourish with, or without a gardener's care.

Watch out for the bees!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

A Calf of a Different Sort

Aw.. a bouncing baby Moose, resting in my neighbor's yard.

Moose are remarkably quiet, solitary creatures. We hope she and baby hang around for awhile.. πŸ’›

Monday, June 04, 2018

Fields of Gold

Mule's Ears and Larkspur @ elevation 9,500 feet. Spring comes slowly to the high mountain trails but it is absolutely worth the wait. #utahwildflowers

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Wooly Mule's Ears

Sunset, looking toward the Salt Lake Valley
A field of Wooly Mule's Ears greeted us at the top of Parley's Summit. They look like sunflowers. The seeds taste like sunflowers.. But, they're actually a mountain wildflower in the Aster family.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Hey Sweetie Pie

Hattie B is 3 months old!

Just look at that face. πŸ‘ΌπŸ’•Too cute for words.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree
The last to bloom - always worth the wait - one of my absolute favorite flowering trees. Beautiful red buds in early spring. GORGEOUS hot pink flowers, in June, followed by bright, beautiful red fruit.

* Have no idea how the crabby apples taste. The birds gobble them up pretty quick.