We’ve been slow to start getting our park strips in order, but with summer feeling like its turning into fall, its time to start getting plants in the ground. Our yard need a lot of work at the moment, and the park strips seem like the right place to start… They’re smallish well defined areas, something that is psychologically easy to to tackle. Right now we’re focused on the Ash street park strip, its sunny and always will be. With the street to the south and limited options for planting trees due to a stop sign and power lines it is destined for full exposure as well as moderate foot traffic. So the organizing theme that we are working with is that we are planting a small meadow. Last weekend we made a trip out to Bosky Dell Natives and picked out some plants to start with, some Streambank Lupine, Western Columbine, Idaho Fescue, and Great Northern Asters with tufts of Kinnikinnick.
We prepped an area to start with this afternoon, but the ground is extremely hard, so we’re going to wait for a few days until after the incoming rain to see if it softens up a bit before planting. Our plan is to get a start with this, and then later this summer fill out the park strip with more native grasses and wildflowers including Indian Paintbrush and Common Camas.
Our cardoons are blooming and who knew, they are bee magnets.