Red Butte Garden, Late October 2017

Red Butte is splendid most days, but during the fall on a clear sunny day no place in Salt Lake City can compare. A friend and I visited last week, just for the chance to run our hands through mounds of ornamental grass such as the blue gramma above. Continue reading “Red Butte Garden, Late October 2017”

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penstemon heterophyllus electric blue

Electric blue beardtongue, Penstemon Heterophyllus

Last night, in our side garden I noticed a forgotten penstemon nearly swallowed alive by the ever-expanding lamb’s ear. This part of the bed  gets limited sun and absolutely no additional water, just rain fall. This plant is impressively xeric. I will not to hesitate to repurchase given the chance. This one was found at Smith Marketplace for only $2.99. I wonder how long a well established penstemon flowers, mine are so young their blooms seem very fleeting. Continue reading “penstemon heterophyllus electric blue”

ollas

picture credits: Down to E Earth in Eugene, OR.
picture credits: Down to  Earth in Eugene, OR.

Ollas… nice looking clay pots you pay a lot for and then proceed to burry to the hilt in dry parts of your garden to irrigate a few plant efficiently. Ollas, I need you, but I refuse to dig you out in the winter… what to do… what to do?  I think I will do a test run for the  hellstrip along our detached garage with two clay pots joined together at the rim with calk such as those.

the hellstrip is on the right of the path. Cosmos don't seem to mind the dire lack of water but lesser plants have perished there.
the hellstrip is on the right of the path. Cosmos don’t seem to mind the dire lack of water but lesser plants have perished there.

Two reed grasses (variety unknown) are doing well in the space but I would like some “Little Spire” Russian Sage to thrive in this site. The plants I put there this spring look tiny and anemic still. Confession time: All Russian sages fail in my garden, apparently they need more water than they receive where I tuck them in. It a sore point for me, every one can grow Russian sages apparently… Maybe the ollas will be the key. If not it’s bye bye sage, no fuss, no buts, no coconuts!