In spite of drought conditions down here in southern Colorado, my garden continues to bloom. May, usually one of our wettest months, was rough here, with a little over a half inch all month. In the past week or so we have seen Colorado Springs, two hours north of us, receive a half inch of rain as well as Trinidad to the south. We just keep getting skipped over…
But still my sky garden blooms!
The most dependable early bloomers, even in a drought, are the Walker Low Catmint, Yellow Yarrow and Rocky Mountain Penstemon, although I am also having great luck with ‘Red Knight’ Knautia Macedonica and Red Gaillardia now that they are established.
Remember Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Strictus) has to overwinter once before it will bloom.
A couple volunteers I really enjoy each year is the very early local Penstemon, Yucca flowers and…
…the Showy Four O’Clock, which grows from a taproot deep in the ground.
I am lucky enough to have one perfectly located in front of my Buddha. This was not planned, it just happened. It’s just starting to bloom now.
After the great disappointment that Perennial Favorites near Rye has closed for good, I hurried down to the nursery in Walsenburg and purchased two new plants this week. I bought a couple Echinacea ‘Mellow Yellow’ and ‘Dusty Rose’ Salvia. I’ll let you know how those two turn out later.
I’m trying to get some non-purple flowers in my garden, but it isn’t easy for a a total purple lover like me!