Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Late bloomers

Penstemon richardsonii provides most of the color this time of year.  The stems tend to droop under the weight of the flowers.  Still, nice to see.

Last weekend I also found this little Townsendia in bloom.  I found this plant in Colorado several years ago.  I grew some plants from seed but they soon died.  Now I have some very small plants appearing!  It's strange that it would bloom this time of year.  The whole plant is the size of a quarter.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

American Penstemon Society annual meeting

Last month the APS had their annual meeting in Boise, Idaho.  This year it was a joint meeting shared with the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Events began with a buffet at the the Boise Botanical Garden Friday night.  Then there were three days of field trips, with meetings in the evenings and more excellent food.

The link to a youTube video below shows highlights from two of the field trips.

Friday, July 5, 2013


On a recent road trip I passed through Stanley, Idaho for a couple of nights.  Beautiful countryside, great hikes.  Stanley is at an elevation of 6,250 ft.  The Sawtooth mountains in the background reach up to 10,751 ft.

Most of the Penstemon in these photos are P. procerus - look for the blue meadows!  The yellow plants are Indian Paintbrush.  Balsamroot is in bloom along the trail at 7,000 ft.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Penstemon deustus in the garden

This is another amazing Penstemon to have in the garden.  The flowers are small and white.  This plant spreads by itself.

Plants should be cut back in the Fall.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Penstemon speciosus in the wild video

This video was made at two locations in Sherman County in May and three locations in Wheeler County in early June.  The locations in Wheeler County were at a higher elevation.

See the photos in the previous post to compare a garden grown plant.