High Country Gardens on September 20th, 2013

To say pollination is an important process would be an understatement.  A large number of the Earth’s edible plants create their fruit and seeds with the help of pollinators moving pollen from plant to plant. And we humans, along with the rest of the world’s animals, depend on this essential food cycle for our survival. […]

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High Country Gardens on August 15th, 2011

I am re-running this article because the story continued with this amazing plant.  Agastache ‘Blue Blazes’ became a national sensation after it launched in the 2011 Spring catalog.  It launched on he cover of our Collectors Edition.  It then caught national attention because this Agastache can feed Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Bees. Read original post here. Share on Facebook

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David Salman on April 13th, 2011

I feel in general that the Buckwheats (Eriogonum) are woefully underutilized both ornamentally and as important plants for providing habitat in the garden.  As ornamental perennials/subshrubs (small woody plants), they are dependable garden plants in terms of cold hardiness, ease of cultivation and reliable blooming with flowers that turn into attractive seed heads. The flowers […]

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David Salman on August 17th, 2010

I stayed home today to work on plant descriptions for next year’s 2011 spring catalog. As I was taking a late morning stretch, I stepped out back into one of my gardens where I encountered a flurry of pollination taking place on three plants of Agastache ‘Blue Blazes’. This is my second year testing this […]

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David Salman on August 1st, 2010

Finally, there is some good news regarding protection of our precious bees. This is from the July/August issue of The American Gardener, the fantastic gardening magazine from the American Horticultural Society. (If you don’t have a subscription, you’re missing a lot a great articles and information about plants and gardening.) Share on Facebook

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David Salman on July 23rd, 2010

This is Dr. Reese Halter’s latest article on honeybees. The news is not good. Bees are the “canary in the coal mine” for our environment being directly tied to the reproductive cycle of many of the world’s plants, a very delicate process that is very sensitive to environmental disruption and contamination. I know this is […]

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David Salman on October 12th, 2009

Walking out in my yard the other afternoon, I was staring at the ground looking a small plant when a movement caught my eye. As I looked closer I came to realize it was something completely unexpected and intriguing; the sight of a native bee, hard at work building her burrow. Share on Facebook

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David Salman on August 22nd, 2008

The Blue Orchard Mason Bee is a native species found throughout the US. This mighty pollinator, doing the work of 120 European honey bees, is not affected by many of the maladies harming honey bees. To attract and build a population of these industrious native bees in your garden you need two basic elements: flowers […]

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