trip to Harlequin’s

I had to leave the dog by himself for a few hours, but I left the radio on so he could listen to music.

I love Harlequin’s Gardens. It has a laid-back, yet at the same time hard-scrabble feel to it that is attractive and difficult to describe. It’s an extremely pleasant place, located on the north side of Boulder, and there is no water. It has to be trucked in. Imagine that.

I came home with a carload of cool plants.

always a good sign ….

part of the parking area; stock plants on the left

various bagged composts, etc., including some locally-made

making compost tea

looking northwest

native shrubs

native shrubs in gallons

non-native shrubs; many of these have been tested at the USDA station in Cheyenne

Trees. There was another redbud in front of the one that’s there, but I removed it to get a better picture. Funny thing, though, that particular redbud is in the garden here, now. I believe these are the ones some botanists call var. texensis.

Prunus tenella in fruit. I didn’t know it actually made almonds. I think these are not edible.

More tomorrow.

P.S. Everything is organic there.

P.P.S. About the redbud. It’s variety canadensis; var. texensis has very shiny leaves. No matter. Rupert Barneby, the foremost expert on the pea family in the last century, said they were all the same species, with just “localized expressions” that had slightly different characteristics.

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