(if the pictures are not showing, it is probably because
you need to click on the words "Click here to display pictures....")
We would like to apologize for the inability to order online
since last fall. Muriel (me) has retired from customer service
but I will continue to do the website, blog and newsletter.
Perhaps now there will be a few more entries on the blog and
Tabra will be taking over the answering of the emails and the
recording and confirmation of the orders as they come in. Selling
bare root grasses is a very complicated business.
Jim whole-heartedly believes that bare root grasses are the
best option for the customer (along with plugs). What makes
this so complcated is that the grasses are bare root warm and
cool season plants and are therefore are not available to be
dug at exactly the same time (read
more near the bottom of our Ornamental Grass webpage).To
further complicate things, there is the difficulty of dealing
with the Phytosanitary Certificate. All this makes Bluestem
Nursery a pretty complicated place to work! I am sure Tabra
will have everything worked out before too long and will be
able to assist you with all your questions.
The online order form is now up and running and Tabra is keen
to hear from you.
This year Bluestem Nursery has concentrated on offering more
easy-care perennials...those that fit with the trend of growing
a low maintenance garden.
Jim puts a lot of thought into the write-ups for each plant,
be it a grass, a willow or a perennial. You can expect to get
the best from the plant if those are the conditions it is grown
in. However, due to the easy-going nature of most of the plants
that Bluestem Nursery carries, the plants can and do grow in
conditions that are not considered ideal.
I know that sometimes I don't carefully read the Ideal
Conditions line in each description. One plant comes
to mind as one that I have strong memories of struggling with.
I did not pay attention to the conditions it should be grown
in. I remembered the word "shade", so I planted it
in dry and total shade. It struggled to produce a single blade
Without reading the Ideal Conditions, I moved
it into hot sun with regular watering. It still barely survived.
Then I read those Ideal Conditions and it mentions
some shade and ample water in hot conditions. So I moved it
to where it received afternoon shade and regular watering. The
plant is Molinia caerulea Variegata, and it is now thriving
and is one of my favourite plants. I am so glad I persisted!!
You can see it pictured
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at 5000' - from our blog
A few years ago Sara Douglass Scott wrote a nice article on
gardening at high elevation in New Mexico. She was kind enough
to send it to us, but it became lost in the masses of information
that we have here. But I came upon it earlier today and quickly
added it to our blog.
"Gardening at 5000 feet in elevation in Albuquerque, NM
presents some unique challenges:
- Negligible precipitation: 7-8 inches on average annua
- Radical daily temperature fluctuations. A 40 degree swing
in a day is normal, but up to 60 degree fluctuations occur
from time to time
- Intense sunlight and heat: summer temperatures of at least
90 to 100 degrees and blinding UV year-round
- Soil lacking organic matter
- Fiercely dry winds"
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