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Old 05-27-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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i love rabbit brush and the best part is rates well on the flammable plant scale for fir protection which is more than can be said for Sage - guess that stuff goes up in a fury if a fire comes onto your property
Oh, if you had a "urban interface" type property that was full of sage brush, you'd better be planning on having the biggest weenie roast of all time - probably sooner rather than later. Invite your neighbors! When I'm out camping, I often use twigs and sticks of sage to get my campfire going - better than charcoal lighter fluid and it smells better too.

However, I don't think a few sage brushes in town in someone's yard present quite so much volatility as sage growing in the wild.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Corona
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Not sure about native but we have lots of Russian sage and we like it. If the grass hadn't already been there, previous owner, I might have considered xeriscape.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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Wink Sagebrush - and then aspen

Few things smell as good as fields of sage just after a thunderstorm.

As for the dandelions, there are plenty of lovely yellow flowers here. They are grandfathered in, as an aspect of nature along with all else in this (rather wild) yard. Along with the aspen trees.

Someone I know had a running battle with aspen on the periphery of his manicured lawn, as forever sending roots out into it. He finally cut them down. The lawn is probably flatter, but all else the poorer.

Around here they do not have to worry about that, and welcome guests. Must have figured that out, as sprouting up all over the place. The lawn (such as it is) can take care of itself, and as all else does as the only water it sees is from rain or snow. But all the lovelier for the aspen within and bedecking it.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:30 AM
 
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This pic was from a few years ago in June. We are sitting pretty green right now. Hoping for rain the next two or three days.......forecasts vary greatly between the various sources, though NOAA is looking good for NW Colorado.

Oh we were dumb enough to build in the interface alright. Large sage would add fuel to the fire
/home/chris/Desktop/foreback home/230-3.jpg House at left center of photo........
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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This pic was from a few years ago in June. We are sitting pretty green right now. Hoping for rain the next two or three days.......forecasts vary greatly between the various sources, though NOAA is looking good for NW Colorado.

Oh we were dumb enough to build in the interface alright. Large sage would add fuel to the fire
/home/chris/Desktop/foreback home/230-3.jpg House at left center of photo........
I have some friends in Westcliffe that I haven't seen in forever. I've always liked that town. You guys OK with having so much pj so close to homes? I just got through reading about the Esperanza fire out in Cali that killed 5 fire fighters - whole different set of circumstances out there, though. You couldn't pay me enough to live in southern California!
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