tag makes referrals easy
you have taken advantage of my spring planting service, you may have
noticed the plant tag and stake in one of your planters. The tag is
split, like a bread-bag tie, so you can just pull it off. This way,
when your friends are admiring your pretty flowers, it is easy for you
to give them my name and number and you'll earn a $25 referral bonus,
not too late!
Sometimes people feel
like they missed
the proper planting time and decide it's not worth bothering because
they're late. When plants are well cared for, they will easily last
through the end of September. Why pass up on having a beautiful patio
for the rest of the summer just because you are running a little bit
late? If you still need plants, I'm still planting! (In fact,
still working on the planters at my own house.) Please contact
me right away.
By the way, if you've misplaced your instruction manual
for the hose-end timer, you can find programming
instructions on my website.
Now, on to this year's newsletter series: Weeds and Wildflowers.
Remember, a weed is any plant
growing where you don’t want it to grow. Purslane (Portulaca
is a low-growing, spreading plant which thrives in dry conditions and
often takes up residence where we don’t want it to grow. Purslane has
purplish/red stems with glossy green leaves. Small, yellow
flowers appear in late summer but the seeds are produced in capsules
which resemble flower buds throughout the season. This plant is fleshy
and succulent. The leaves retain a lot of water so that when you pull
it, you find it surprisingly heavy. This is an annual weed – meaning
the plants will die at the first frost. Unfortunately, the seeds sprout
quickly the next season. In foreign countries, this plant is grown in
the vegetable garden! If you have a patch of Purslane which hasn’t been
treated with herbicide, you might consider trying this unusual salad.
Yogurt and Purslane Salad
1 cup plain yogurt
2 or 3 cups washed and roughly chopped purslane
2 cloves garlic, mashed
Mix together and add a drizzle of oil before serving. If desired, add
chopped fresh dill or mint.
suggesting Dandelion was a wildflower last month, I thought I better
highlight a plant we can all agree is a wildflower this month: Blue
Flax. You may have noticed these dainty blue flowers in some of the
open spaces around Fort Collins this year. Blue Flax (Linum
has good years and bad years depending on the soil moisture. This year
the Blue Flax made only a brief appearance in the prairie near my house
but in previous years, the prarie looked like a lake of blue flowers!
Although the stems of this plant look delicate with narrow leaves all
along the stem, they are actually long, tough fibers which Native
Americans have used to make cords and fishing lines. A relative of this
plant is used to make linen in Egypt. Blue Flax can also be used as a
laxative, a salve for burns and a poultice for wounds. It can
potentially be fatal to livestock, however, if it is eaten in great
quantity. Blue Flax is a perennial wildflower. Although I have tried to
grow it in my own garden, I’ve found this plant doesn’t really want to
be domesticated and is best enjoyed in the open space near my house.
to know more about weeds? Here are my sources:
Gift, Nancy, and Sheila Rodgers. Good
Weed, Bad Weed: Who's Who, What to Do, and Why Some Deserve a Second
Chance (all You Need to Know about the Weeds in Your Yard).
Pittsburgh, PA: St. Lynns, 2011. Print.
Whitson, Tom D., and L. C. Burrill. Weeds of the West.
Laramie, WY: Western Society of Weed Science in Cooperation with the
Western United States Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension
Services and the University of Wyoming, 2009. Print.
Jones, Charlotte Foltz. Colorado wildflowers: a beginner's field guide
to the state's most common flowers. Billings, Mont.: Falcon Press Pub.,