Western Mountains and High Plains

May, 2006
Regional Report

Books

Squirrel Stuff
The photographs alone are worth the cost of the Squirrel Stuff calendar. This is a fun calendar chock full of tidbits about squirrels. My youngest son Jonathan had great fun giving this as a prize on the "Gardening & Living with an ALTITUDE" radio show. Check with your local Wild Bird Centers to see if they still have some in stock, or visit: http://www.squirrelstuff.com.

Favorite or New Plant

Perennial Flax
Perennial flax (Linum perenne) is one of my favorites. Its narrow bluish green leaves provide an airy appearance among the foliage of other perennials. The wiry and often arching stems support a profusion of delicate, simple blue flowers. There are white and dwarf cultivars available. Individual flowers open on sunny days but generally close by late afternoon and drop to the ground. New flowers are produced every day so you won't even notice this natural thinning. Perennial flax will self-sow in abundance and can fill in a large area within a few years. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Allow seedlings to grow every year to keep the planting area stocked with vigorous plants. You can transplant seedlings in spring to share with friends. Plants are very drought resistant and good for a water-thrifty garden.

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