Observations on plants and gardening from the Great Basin steppe in the American West.
If you get mired in something, click on the Penstemon barbatus 'Elfin Pink' image.
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“Ever since a small boy, I have loved just to look at the mountains, to see them in different lights and from different angles, to feel their rough rock under my fingers and the breath of the winds against my feet…. I am in love with the mountains.”
When you know that your local IGC needs to give its employees a refresher course on native plants and some customer service tips::
I&P:: Do you have any fernbush?
Local IGC employee:: Hmm...fernbush...no, sorry. But I do have some ferns. We're running low on everything because of our fall sale.
On the way to the car, I&P spots 3 Chamaebatiaria millefolium bushes in 5 gallon containers from the parking lot by chance and goes back to purchase one. Later on at checkout::
Local IGC employee:: Will that be everything today? What a lovely plant! It's too bad we didn't have that fernbush for you. That'll be $36. I just need your credit card and your "autograph." «rings up order»
I&P:: Uhh...wasn't this marked off 40%?
Local IGC employee:: Oh! Whoops! You're right. I'll just have to ring this up as a return. «rings up return» Now I'll need your autograph twice!
“While we all may hope the Endangered do not become the Extinct, nobody can keep a Snow Leopard in their backyard. As with so much else in our beautiful Biosphere, essentially you can only pray for them. …The Garden is the last real refuge and power spot for most of us. In it, we take personal responsibility for our own tiny corner of Nature, and each of the creatures in it. So plant something untamed or ancient or unusual; protect something that could use a helping hand. Make the most of the opportunity to enrich your own experience, while making it possible for what you love to flourish.”
“Cultivation of [Penstemons] outside of their native ranges, or in climates dissimilar to their native ones, should be considered experimental at best. It is probably worth moving to a warmer, drier climate if you have trouble growing these plants.”
“If life gives you lemons, stop complaining because you’re probably living somewhere awesome like California or Florida where it’s warm enough to grow them.”