Welcome to the Ausmus Ranch!
The ranch is a work in progress, but it is quickly becoming a home to hundreds of US native wildflowers, an orchard and wildlife.
What Is It?
The ranch is just our back yard! But we've converted and are converting most of the areas of grass into habitats suited for growing wildflowers and the yard is gradually becoming a host to many, many native wildflowers - when we say 'native' we mean forbs, vines and shrubs that originate from somewhere in North America (as opposed to plants that come originally from Europe or Asia, like the common Tulip or Daffodil; and typically, this means the contiguous United States, Alaska or Canada, because most plants from Mexico, Hawaii or the various US territories are not hardy here). All of these plants are grown in specialized garden habitats, each of which is filled their own unique plants, as many plants do best in a specific type of habitat. The following are the gardens we have:
- Woodland Area
- Woodland Edge
- Conifer Area
- Disturbed Area
- Wetland Area
- Desert/Southwest Area
The following shows a map of the yard, with a "yard plan" indicating current gardens and planned gardens. Not everything on the map is made yet into gardens, but some is, and the rest will be soon!
Here are a few images of the new location of the ranch - many changes to come!
These gardens are in the works to be included very soon, so stay tuned!
- Alpine Rock Garden
We have recently begun writing a line of e-books designed to help people learn about growing wildflowers and naturalizing their own yards. If you are interested in checking them out, please visit here: Grow Wild
Please also see our page on Facebook, where we post near daily photos of wildflowers from around the yard: In Defense of Wildflowers