Why late flowering fruit tree cultivars? We have a couple of clients with South facing slopes in Missouri. These slopes warm up much faster than North facing slopes and as such will tend to flower before the last frost thus killing the pollinated blossoms and eliminating the crop. So I emailed our Plant Guy, Bryce Ruddock, to make some recommendations.
A Full Day with Bryce Ruddock Author of the Plant Guilds e-Booklet
Next Scheduled Workshop — Spring 2016 — Check back for date Price: $95.00 Includes Lunch and printed copy of the Plant Guilds eBooklet ($20 value) At Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL (Limit 24 Students)
Locating Key Plant Databases and How to Access Them online
Sources for Good Plant Stock
Students Will Also:
On Walk — Identity Naturally Formed Plant Guilds
See Plant Guilds Created by Midwest Permaculture
Help Design and Actually Plant a Guild with Bryce Bring Your Gloves…!!!
Private Consultations with Bryce… If you have a specific project and would like Bryce’s undivided attention and recommendations, we will set a few private, 1-hour appointments on Saturday evening and Sunday Morning. Call ahead to reserve… or… seek out Bryce following the workshop should you feel you still need additional assistance. Price: $95.00/hr.
My husband and I took a walk one day in early summer up to the top of a mesa on his parents’ land near Colorado Springs, Colorado called Table Rock. The environment on top of the mesa is very dry, very rocky, and very windy, and as a result much of the flora hugs the ground closely. It is the first place on the ~80-acre parcel of land to dry out in the summer. There are small caves and splits in the rock at the top that create wildlife habitat and microclimates. A lot of wildlife calls Table Rock home, including mountain lions, bats, deer, foxes, raccoons, hawks, and falcons. In a permaculture design, the marginal land on top of Table Rock and its steep sides would be best left to nature as Zone 5.
Here is a sampling of some of the plants found on Table Rock:
My husband’s parents raise Scottish Highland cattle on the high plains of Colorado. Besides the grasses that the cattle eat, there are many interesting “weeds” and other plants growing in the pastures. In this hot and dry year, as spring officially became summer in June, the pasture grasses had already gotten too sparse for the Highlands to be able to feed themselves, they are now being fed with hay and off the pasture so that it can recover. Meanwhile, most of the native (and non-native) “weeds” in the pasture, more drought-tolerant than the grasses, are still thriving.
Here is a sampling of some of the plants found in an example pastureland on the high plains of Colorado: