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Holiday memories

by Cortney Moore

Originally published November 2013

HeartPinecone_WEBThe holidays seem to bring out the best in humanity. We see people dropping money in red buckets with the bell ringers or packing food and toys into big boxes wrapped like presents. Families choose tags off trees to buy presents for the less fortunate and more people take the time to volunteer.

Take a few moments and contemplate the best of your holidays. Let everything melt away and recall your best holiday memory. My favorite memories are wrapped up in poinsettias, fresh wreaths, cut trees, shiny keepsake ornaments and the people with whom I’ve shared such precious moments.

At Fort Collins Nursery we focus on the feel good side of the holidays. We offer a space that is friendly and warm for you to get your holiday fix. Our dedicated staff is pride of its long history of creating holiday memories.

When you pull into our parking lot a forest of gorgeous greenery is waiting for you. Step out of the car and the smell of evergreen meets your nose. Our tree lot is manned by hard working folks with a smile who know the importance of picking out the right tree. From cut trees in all sizes and varieties to live Christmas trees (if you are looking for something more permanent), we’ve got them all.

Enter the Garden Shop through our hall of trees showcasing keepsake ornaments. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee, tea, hot coco or cider! Our garden shop greeters can help you select the perfect gift or take your order for a handmade wreath that can be shipped anywhere in the United States. They might even offer you a peak through our holiday glasses and all the lights you see turn to candy canes, reindeer or snowmen.

Now that you have something warm to sip on, wander through the gift area and eventually you will discover the Design Center where the magic happens! You’ll find our talented design team busily working on beautiful, handmade, custom and stock wreaths. Once they have wowed you with their skills, you can discuss having them create a special design for you. If you’re pressed for time, you can simply customize your own wreath by visiting our online store.  

As you turn from the design center you see pretty poinsettias blooming red, pink, white and many other colors. The mini poinsettias are always a hit and make the perfect hostess gift for all your holiday partying. We also have holiday plants like holiday cactus, Norfolk pine and more. Our plant experts are available to answer any questions you have and help you add some blooms and life to your home. Don’t forget to visit the holiday fairies in our miniature gardening corner before you leave.

There is something at Fort Collins Nursery for everyone to be enchanted by this holiday season. Stop by and share your best holiday memory or join us in creating a new one.

Winter houseplant care: A pinch of planning for a pound of pride

by Gerry Hofmann

Originally Published November 2013

LemonNow that the weather is definitely ‘fallish’ & even sometimes a bit like winter, many gardeners turn their attention to the cousins of our outdoor landscapes, namely houseplants. They manage to tide us over the cooler winter months quite nicely, if we just give them a little preventative attention.

Some plants have had a summer vacation of their own outside, enjoying the extra light & air for a few months. If you had any in this category, a couple of things to watch out for can keep trouble at bay: spraying them with tepid water, including the undersides of the leaves in the kitchen sink to dislodge any dirt.  It may also be a good idea to knock the smaller ones out of their pots to check for insects looking for a free ride inside.  Give them a good drink while you’re at it, since inside heated air is very drying, which will draw water out of the soil, too. Some leaves need removing if they have gotten sunscald or show evidence of slug or insect damage. When you trim, clean the scissors or clippers (ideally with rubbing alcohol) between cutting different plants so you are not transmitting anything from one to the other.

Most houseplants species originate in the hot, humid tropics. They are happiest in those conditions; however, that can be a tall order to replicate with our over-heated homes. Restoring some of the humidity with frequent misting along with situating plants near kitchens & bathrooms will replicate some of that.

Before looking for brand new houseplants, investigate where you are most likely to site them. Are the spots on the south or west side, where strong sunlight extends? If so, you may find the most success with succulents. These are thick-leafed plants, which are utilized to store water within.  About the only way you can kill a succulent is to overwater it.

Speaking of watering, many people take the ‘more is better’ approach with sketchy results. Especially in sealed-bottom pots, where the extra water has no place to go, too much watering prevents the roots from accessing oxygen. Basically, the plant drowns. The best way to prevent this is to limit watering to 1-2 times a week, deep-watering when you do. Smaller plants may need water more often than larger ones. (If you find a plant wilting long before this, it may be root-bound. That means that it has used up a lot of the materials in the soil, making a bigger plant & roots along the way. Find a bigger pot for it.) The easiest way to check for water is to check the soil moisture just below the surface dirt; if it doesn’t stick to your fingers, it’s pretty dry. You can also just lift the pot (unless it’s too big) to check the weight, a dry plant weighs considerably less……after a little practice you will be able to tell quite easily.

If you are in the market for a larger plant & have a sunny spot, consider a citrus plant. A lemon tree, for example, can bring an aura of the warm Mediterranean into your home, which is especially welcome during the oncoming winter months. Citrus plants are relatively care-free & pest-free and may even yield some bonus fruit. The blossoms of many smell quite sweet too. Fort Collins Nursery has a wide variety of citrus plants, including: oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, kumquats, tangerines, key limes, and more!

 

The Big Scoop on 2017 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Fall Jamboree

Our 9th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off was a huge success!  Even extremely windy conditions couldn’t keep our record breaking crowd of over 400 giant pumpkin enthusiasts away.  This year’s competition featured 23 entries in multiple categories from some of the top growers in the region.  The day’s top prize went to Marc Sawtelle from Colorado Springs, CO, making him a first time Fort Collins Nursery Weigh-Off champion.  Marc’s entry came in at a whopping 1245 lbs.!  Here is a list of this year’s winners.

Heaviest Pumpkin

  • 1st Place- Marc Sawtelle (1245 lbs)
  • 2nd Place- Jim Grande (1216 lbs)
  • 3rd Place- Joe Scherber (1118 lbs)
  • 4th Place- Gary Grande (1114 lbs)
  • 5th Place- Gary Shenfish (815 lbs)

 Field Pumpkin

  • 1st Place- Dustin Grubb

 Howard Dill (Prettiest Pumpkin)

  • 1st Place- Lance Hoffa

 Longest Long Gourd

  • 1st Place- Joe Scherber (100.5″)

Kids Division

  • 1st Place-Zach & Olivia Thayer (93 lbs)
  • 2nd Place- Byron Evans (27 lbs)
  • 3rd Place- Harper Jenkins (21 lbs)

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What Story Does Your Landscape Tell?

The bride and groom cross the lawn. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

The bride and groom cross the lawn. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

There exists a common misconception that there is a right way to design a landscape, that there are certain layouts, certain plant palettes, and certain color combinations that one is required to obey. The truth is that, while based on solid design concepts, too many people get hung up on these “requirements” at the cost of creativity, which can leave landscapes feeling sterile and impersonal. Given the opportunity to create something that truly expresses who you are, why restrain your yard’s potential by sticking to conventional themes? Personally, I’ve always preferred landscapes that tell you a story about the person who created them. At my brother’s wedding back in August I encountered a home that sets the standard for this idea.

Water cascades down the windmill. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

Water cascades down the windmill. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

The wedding was in beautiful Paso Robles, California at a charming homestead called Home Sweet Home Cottage and Ranch, operated by the Clagg family (if you’re ever in the area and can find a reason to visit, I strongly recommend it). The grounds are broken into a multitude of small vignette settings, each related to the next only in its eccentricity. There is a large central pond ringed with palm trees, a windmill jutting up from an island with water pouring from the top in a sort of 30 foot tall farm fountain. The ceremony took place in front of an outdoor bar whose walls are made up of gigantic slab cross sections of salvaged old growth redwoods. The dinner was held on a well-kept lawn seemed delicate and refined compared to its eclectic surroundings. The barn where the reception took place was decorated with all manner of old arborist tools, antique instruments, and retro neon signs. There is a tree house that

can hold 10 people perched 30 feet up among the massive sprawling limbs of a centuries-old live oak.

Redwood slabs at the altar. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

Redwood slabs at the altar. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

All this peculiarity is an embodiment of proprietor of this venue, Randall Clagg. Mr. Clagg is not a typical businessman. He is an arborist by trade, a self-described recovering former hippie, and a character with a personality so unique that he’d seem unbelievable if you found him written into a comic book. Home Sweet Home is the realization of his madcap artist dreams and is always evolving to feed his constant creative hunger. If someone less charismatic had built this landscape, it might feel pretentious and forced, but at the hands of Mr. Clagg the place was drenched in authenticity. It is a pure expression of its creator’s personality, and it is wonderful.

The tree house towers over everyone. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

The tree house towers over everyone. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

This authenticity is what transforms a landscape from the simple execution of a design into a magic garden. If you are planning changes to your yard, think about how you can let your creation reflect who you are. Someone who values family and friends highly might create a yard with ample room to play and entertain guests. A die-hard plant lover might tear out every last square inch of turf to make room for a specimen of every plant available. A denizen of the lunatic fringe like Mr. Clagg may never be done, starting two projects for every one he finishes.

The barn, replete with dance floor, chandelier, and neon signs. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

The barn, replete with dance floor, chandelier, and neon signs. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

Regardless of how a landscape looks compared to a by-the-book design, its true merit lies in its context. If it genuinely represents its creators, it is done right. We shouldn’t be limited by the common ways of doing things. After all, each day we make tons of small decisions about the clothes we wear, the way we speak, how we spend our money, how we treat those around us. All of these small acts define us. Compared to each of these minute acts, creating a landscape is massive. It is a rare opportunity to have a canvas as big as the entire yard to express yourself. It is a canvas that literally wraps your home, it is the ultimate first impression, and if it represents you with genuine authenticity, it will always be perfect.  

By Jesse Eastman

Mr. Clagg checks the pump. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

Mr. Clagg checks the pump. Photo courtesy of Westlund Photography

When a Plant is More Than Just a Plant

At its core, a plant is a carbon-based solar powered machine that exists to pass on its genes. As humans, we add a degree of utility to that definition, seeing opportunities in plants for food, shelter, and beauty. Unfortunately, this is where many people stop, but I believe there is another dimension, often overlooked, that truly connects plants and humans in such complex ways that quantifying the benefits is nearly impossible. Plants provide a myriad of different paths for us to act out one of our basic human urges – to be social animals.

Think about it. How many of you have a plant that has some sort of emotional meaning to it? Perhaps an African violet that was passed down to you by your mother. Perhaps a tree you planted with your kids. Maybe you’ve developed a reputation among your friends as the go-to source for garden-fresh salsa every summer. Whatever the case may be, as a species we’ve learned to ascribe deep meaning to the plants that surround us in ways that define our interactions with one another.

This is something I try to help my customers see when they are shopping for plants. You might have come to the nursery looking for a shade tree because your patio gets too hot, but let’s dig a little deeper. Is there a type of tree that recalls fond childhood memories? What purpose does that patio serve in your life that makes its comfortable enjoyment so key? Can this tree fulfill other needs, such as providing a future treehouse construction site or growing fruit to feed your family? Even wildlife viewing, and all the joy it brings, should be considered.

I often have to remind myself that not everyone (in fact, I’d guess quite a small number of people) pay such close attention to the plants that surround them as we plant nerds do. This does not, however, diminish the importance of the role they play in all our lives. Two young lovers may not be aware that the sweet smell of flowers they will forever associate with their first kiss came from a lilac, but that fragrance will always evoke memories of young love.

There are many subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways humans have learned to incorporate plants into our social fabric. We give cut flowers to show love, sorrow, gratitude, and joy. We delight in unique and delicate flavors from an innumerable variety of plant life. Our language is steeped in references to plants – we speak of our deep-rooted passions, family trees, and we all know someone who is cool as a cucumber. We even associate neighborhoods where big mature trees grow with safety, and studies back this up. A study conducted in Portland, OR showed that neighborhoods with large trees tend to have reduced crime rates. “…trees may reduce crime by signaling to potential criminals that a house is better cared for and, therefore, subject to more effective authority than a comparable house with fewer trees.” Contrarily, neighborhoods with smaller and younger trees tended to have higher crime rates, with the study’s author hypothesizing that these shorter trees act as visual barriers, emboldening criminals who feel concealed. In both of these instances, we see trees representing important threads in our social fabric, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, but always there, always passively participating in our lives.

I’m sure there are countless additional strands that bind humans and plants together – Michael Pollan expertly illustrates some of these in great detail in his book The Botany of Desire. These links surround us, change with us, and define us. Streets, Cities, and even nations derive their names from plants (“Guatemala” is derived from the Nahuatl word “Cuauhtēmallān” or “Place of Many Trees). We bemoan the loss of rare species while breeding thousands of new ones. We wage furious war against some plants while bending over backwards to grow others. Our lives and the lives of plants are intricately woven together, and the tapestry this creates is truly beautiful if you pay close enough attention to see it.

By Jesse Eastman

From the kitchen to the garden

By Kathy Reid
Originally published October 2014

istock compost 4webI learned the phrase from my mother: “Garbage is gold.” The garbage she refers to isn’t just any old thing that ends up in the trash can. Her “gold” is the scraps that accumulate in the kitchen from the not-so-perfect leaves of lettuce to the stringy orange carrot peels and the used coffee grounds.

Yes, my mother is a composter and has been since long before it became a fashionable thing to do. As far back as I can remember, there was always some sort of receptacle under the kitchen sink filled with her soupy, sour-smelling accumulation. How often did she tell me over the years, “No, no. Not down the disposal. That garbage is gold!” For my mother is also a vegetable gardener and she learned long ago the magical power of the rich, black compost that she created from things that so often end up down the disposal or in the trash can.

As I washed the dishes the other night in my own kitchen, I contemplated the half-gallon milk cartons that line the space along the back of the sink, stuffed with banana peels, potato skins and apple cores. Nothing is wasted, for I, too, have learned the secret potential of what another might see as mere trash.

I don’t know where my mother learned the skill of turning kitchen refuse into a wonderful soil amendment, but I would guess it was from her own mother. The skill, no doubt, is as ancient as cultivation itself. Whatever the source of the knowledge, I am happy to carry on the tradition.

My mother has taught me so many things, among them the precious nature of garbage. I will think of her next spring as I marvel at the tender seedlings pushing up through the dark, rich soil of my garden. Thanks, Mom!

 

Oh Hail!

We garden in Colorado! We know the heartbreak of the 5 or 10 minute storm that can undo 500 hours of hard work.

When hail strikes—what’s a gardener to do?

  • Wait a day or two. Let the sun shine and the anger subside. The damage will be easier to evaluate after some time has passed. This is a good time to work on a new margarita recipe!
  • Remove debris that could encourage the onset of disease.
  • Prune selectively. Remove broken stems and leaf parts. Even parts of leaves can be removed. Make angled cuts for a more natural look.
  • Feed your plants with a gentle nitrogen fertilizer. We recommend Age Old Grow liquid fertilizer.
  • Watch for insect infestations. Bad bugs tend to pick on weakened plants.
  • Try Fertilome Triple Action, a blend of naturally occurring pesticides for your garden, or OMRI approved Safer Insect Killing Soap.
  • Re-evaluate plant choice and positioning. Fine-leafed plants generally tolerate hail better than those with large leaves. Many natives are well-adapted to hail. Position plants prone to hail damage under trees or on an east facing wall or fence.
  • Have a plentiful array of patio pots. Those that are spared can be moved into place while others recover.
  • This is why God invented ANNUALS. They can be purchased in full-bloom-and put in areas that need instant color and give INSTANT gratification!
  • Conclusion….Keep a hail-thy attitude, and say “What the hail-where are those margaritas?”

 

My 5 Favorite Foods to Grow

By Jesse Eastman

Humans have a long history of eating plants, and we’ve grown quite adept at cultivating certain plants that we find particularly desirable, whether because they’re easy to grow, nutritious, or just plain tasty. Being the opinionated creatures that we are, it would be nearly impossible to talk about the world’s top 5 favorite edible plants without lumping an awful lot of people into some pretty broad groups. Instead, I’ve put together a list of my personal favorites, those plants that I’ve come to love not only because I like to eat them but because I can grow them, and grow them well. You may like some of them, you may loathe some of them, but hey, it’s my opinion, and it’s not for everyone!

#5 – Carrots

Carrots are great for a number of reasons. They are easy to grow – all you need is good deep soil and lots of sun and they will generally thrive. There are many varieties that grow quickly, so you can sow successive crops for harvests from early summer until fall (longer if you have cold frames!) They store well, lasting nearly a month in the fridge or several months in a proper root cellar. They are versatile to cook with – eat them raw, plain or with peanut butter. Steam them, saute them, boil them, puree them, bake them in a cake, juice them, the list goes on. They are commonly known as these long orange things, but in fact come in many different shapes and colors, from stubby little spheres that resemble orange radishes to long slender deep purple spears. Best of all, they are great to share with friends. Even your dog will enjoy snacking on a garden fresh carrot with you!

#4 – Potatoes

Potatoes have many of the same perks as carrots – they’re easy to grow, they’re versatile, and they store very well. On top of that, there are some truly unique and bizarre varieties to choose from. From the small fingerling to the giant Russet, from the white-fleshed red-skinned Red Norland to the Purple Majesty potato whose skin and flesh are an identical deep purple color. Potatoes also have a certain air of excitement about them that carrots lack. With a carrot, you can be sure that each plume of green foliage is representative of a single carrot. One seed, one root. With potatoes, however, digging into the soil to see what you’ve grow is like unwrapping a great big gift-wrapped box, only to find a multitude of smaller gifts inside. As you sift through the soil, you get to experience a new little burst of joy each time your fingers discover one more tuber.

#3 – Tomatillos

Tomatillos, when grown in pairs (or more) are wildly prolific producers. A single plant will grow to a height and width of three to four feet. They produce very reliably with a second plant present for pollination, and even a pair of plants will provide a mountain of fruit. The fruit itself is something of a wonder. A papery husk develops, and for a long time it will seem like it will never fill in. Don’t give up, though, and you will be rewarded with a fruit that is crisp, slightly tart, and very refreshing. Tomatillos are most well known for salsa verde, but they can be so much more. I enjoy slicing them into a salad, they can be pickled, you can even find great recipes for tomatillos margaritas. My personal favorite, however, is sliced thin in a juicy pork belly sandwich. The acidity of freshness of the tomatillos balances the intense richness of the succulent slice of pork, and the resulting explosion of flavor in my mouth is pure bliss.

#2: Tomatoes

There is no plant that makes me feel like a more successful and productive gardener than a tomato. The plants themselves are barely contained dynamos of plant growth. I’ve had Sungold tomato plants that have reached the top of my five foot tall tomato cages and trailed all the way back down to the ground before first frost put a stop to their vigor. Each variety has it’s own unique characteristics, and the best ones exploit those characteristics in magnificent fashion. A thriving cherry tomato like Sungold will produce hundreds of small gems of juicy goodness. A good old reliable slicing tomato like Champion will produce enough 6 oz. to 8 oz. fruit that you will never need to forgo sliced tomatoes on your burgers or sandwiches. Choose the right paste tomato (I prefer Fiaschetto di Manduria) will set pounds and pounds of fruit all at once, so that your time spent sweating in a hot humid kitchen canning jars and jars of sauce will not be wasted. The gargantuan beefsteak varieties might not produce a great quantity of fruit, but those that it does produce will be record setters. I once grew a Mortgage Lifter tomato that weighed in at 1 lb. 11 oz. As the great Guy Clark once said, “There’s only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and home grown tomatoes.”

 #1 – Apples

Let it be known from the start that I have a heavy bias in favor of apples. My grandparents moved to western Colorado in the early 1960s and started an apple orchard. I spent many fond seasons seeing the orchards in all different stages of dress and undress, from the bare winter twigs to the fruit-laden limbs of late summer and fall. There are so many varieties of apples to choose from, it seems there must be one for every taste and mood. The trees themselves are beautiful. Their broad branches invite tree climbers young and old to explore the modest heights of their canopies. Their glossy gray bark curls at the edges, giving the trees a sense of craggy and ancient history. Apple trees can live an astonishingly long time – on average a well-cared for tree will last around 100 years, but they have been known to live for as long as 200 years. I find a certain joy in knowing that a tree that I can plant and enjoy can give food and beauty to not just my children, but their children, and their children, and their children.

2017 Rock Garden Concert Series

On Thursday, we will conclude this year’s Rock Garden Concert Series at Fort Collins Nursery with a very special benefit concert featuring the Holler!  We’d like to share some of our favorite memories from past concerts and give you a taste of what’s to come.  Enjoy these photos and don’t forget to purchase tickets for the upcoming show!

  • The Holler!, August 17 (Benefit for The Matthews House)

 

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Native Plants for Colorado Wildlife

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By Matt Edrich

It probably comes as no surprise that Fort Collins folks place a high value on the often exquisitely beautiful nature surrounding our city. Vast, open plains to the east; soaring, river-cut canyon prairies north and south; and of course, the towering, jagged Rocky Mountains to our west.

Our town sits at the confluence of a number of ecosystems, and as such, life in Fort Collins provides ample opportunity to interact with a huge variety of wildlife in an enjoyable, responsible manner. In honor of cultivating a healthy relationship between our society and our world, I’ve prepared a synopsis of plants and trees available at Fort Collins Nursery that help support local wildlife – because who doesn’t dream of spotting Bambi in their yard just once?

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi)

Also known as kinnikinnick (which really does roll right off the tongue), bearberry is groundcover shrub that can be found in dry shaded areas all over Colorado – it’s native! Many animals rely on bearberry: caterpillars, butterflies, and hummingbirds feed on its nectar; the berries themselves are a staple for animals including robins, thrushes, waxwings – and yes bears too; grazers such as deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep feed on the leaves. On top of all that, bearberry is well adapted to handle drought conditions, making it a great landscaping plant to add some coverage to bare areas. Its deep evergreen leaves and contrasting red berries make it a great addition to any yard!

Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea)

We all know this beautiful and beloved symbol of the Colorado wild. You’ll find it growing in light shade everywhere from the low plains up to tree-line in the alpine ranges! Did you know that its nectar is an important food source for a whole slew of animals, from crucial pollinators (bees, butterflies, and moths) to hummingbirds? Native to Colorado, its soft blue and white color patterns are sure to bring that little extra something to your garden – whether you’re in it for beauty or for bees!

Giant (Tall) Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

Another native perennial, giant goldenrod is just one of many goldenrod species native to Colorado. Usually blamed for hay fever, the pollen of the goldenrod flower is not actually airborne – it relies mostly on butterflies to spread its pollen, so if you plant some in a sunny spot in your garden you can expect a few pleasant visitors! Goldenrod blooms later in the summer, so its addition will keep the colors in your yard beautiful well past the summer solstice.

Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

The quaking aspen, a tree so beautiful and prolific that we’ve named cities, resorts, mountains and more after it, is probably one of the most iconic trees native to Colorado. Named for the way its leaves “quake” in the wind, aspen is browsed by beavers, squirrels, rabbits, porcupine, pika, deer, moose, black bears, and elk, to name a few. Aspens are great shade providers and make for truly dramatic backdrops during the fall color changes. Considering that you can get a whole aspen grove from just one tree….well…need we say more?

Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

The serviceberry is a large shrub native to the foothills of Colorado. It is extremely well-suited to handle hot and dry conditions, and tends to thrive in rocky places where many other plants would struggle. Its fruits are attractive to deer and elk, as well as both resident and migrant birds, and its distinctive yellow color in the fall makes it a neighborhood favorite, both with your neighbors and your neighborhood critters!

Mountain Snowberry (Symphoricarpos oreophilus)

Mountain snowberry is a shrub commonly found in montane areas of Colorado. They do well with little moisture, and tolerate full sun to nearly full shade. Their loose open habit makes them great background plants. Snowberries attract small mammals and browsers, as well as songbirds – meaning that one of these outside your window could be a great way to wake up to three little birds outside your doorstep!

Woods Rose (Rosa woodsii)

Woods rose is a native wild rose that can grow up to 5’ tall and produces large thickets of thorny stems. Don’t let its prickly demeanor fool you, though, this woodland shrub is quite charming. Bearing pink single-petal blossoms in late spring and early summer that bees love, this plant is enjoyed by foraging animals in the autumn because of the orange-red rose hips that develop after the blooms fade.

If you’ve ever found yourself gazing into your yard, thinking something might be missing from all the beautiful colors, have you ever thought it might be the birdsongs or squirrel chatter, or perhaps animal tracks that are such an inseparable aspect of Colorado flora? This list is a great starting place, but remember that there are many options for you to explore if you wish to strengthen your connection with the environment.

May your roots reach deep and your petals stretch wide!