Planting some Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis) in our garden may be a pretty bad idea, but I really want to. They’re such beautiful blue flowers, and I love blue flowers.¬† I’d like to plant them at the north end of the Driveway Border, where they would emerge out of the Hardy Geraniums and Nepetas.

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Wild Lupine is native, though uncommon, in this part of Illinois. You may know that it is the only host plant for the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. However, it’s probably unlikely that we will see any Karner Blues. Wild Lupine is also¬† a host plant for Duskywing butterflies. They are more likely to be seen, but they are terribly drab.

The Lurie Garden now has an incredibly cool interactive map on their website! If this does not thrill you to your very core, then I pity your torpid soul.

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I learned about the map from reading a post, The Challenges and Rewards of Mapping the Natural Garden, on the Lurie Garden website. The post was written by Peter Slothower, the Lurie’s Assistant Horticulturalist and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Public Garden Apprentice. Click here to read the post for yourself – it’s fascinating stuff.

So you’re walking along in a pleasant Denver neighborhood of single family homes, when suddenly you come upon a front yard that looks distinctly different. This is the garden of Jim Borland, a retired radio talk show host, and one of my favorite stops on the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling last June.


On the third day of the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling we visited the home garden of Rob Proctor and David Macke. Rob Proctor used to be the director of horticulture at the Denver Botanic Gardens, so I was looking forward to this visit with keen anticipation.


The Madison Garden Bloggers Fling: Don’t Miss It!

The 2020 Garden Bloggers Fling will be held in Madison, Wisconsin on June 18-21st. For most of us Midwesterners, that’s just a few hours drive – truly a golden opportunity for those who have never before attended.

Ohlbrich Botanical Garden

I need to figure out how to make sure the ground is fully covered in the Driveway Border. This is a border with a lot of tall prairie plants, and while they abundantly fill the upper stories, as it were, of the border, there is still some open ground, especially at certain times of year.

Common Violets

So another garden we saw at the Denver Fling was that of Mary and Larry Scripter. Actually it was in Niwot, a few miles from Boulder.


If I’m not mistaken, WordPress usually sends its bloggers a message on the anniversary date of their first blog post. Either that didn’t happen this year, or I missed it somehow. This is a bit like having your mother forget your birthday.

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According to this article in the online magazine Electrek, California regulators are planning to phase out gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers by 2022. Huzzah, I say! Actually, I would be happy with a ban on just the leaf blowers. I hate them.

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So let’s go back to the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling last June. We spent some time in Boulder, where we visited a remarkable garden that at the time belonged to Tatiana Maxwell. It was actually listed for sale, so I imagine that now there is a new owner.


There was so much going on in this garden that it’s hard to summarize. There were spacious lawns designed with entertaining and fundraising in mind (Ms. Maxwell is an activist dedicated to a number of causes).

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