The pollinator garden five years on

It’s hard to remember the patch of dirt, trash containers and Rock wasteland that welcomed, or should I say scared visitors in my backyard. Today it’s an ever evolving combination of late spring and summer blooming plants that grow where they seeds of the previous year land. Few are the black-eyed susans… While echinacea and… Continue reading The pollinator garden five years on

Outlining a new garden bed with a sharp edge.

I will begin my project with the edging of the new backyard beds and pond.  These edges will be made by spade… and hopefully not take a ton of time.   To start I need to sharpen the spade’s blade. Sharpening Tools: 1. Remove Rust from shovel body:  From least efficient to most:  Sandpaper, orbital sander… Continue reading Outlining a new garden bed with a sharp edge.

Geum triflorim – Prairie Smoke

Geum triflorum Pursh Old man’s whiskers/ Prairie Smoke 3″ x 6″h (seed head) Blooms: Spring Bloom Water/Drainage Dry to medium Soil Type: Sand, Sand loam Called a Versitale plant for the rock garden. It has 3 season interest and you might be lucky to see a bumble-bee! I have not seen one in more than… Continue reading Geum triflorim – Prairie Smoke

Front Yard Plant List

Front plants as seen in 2011

The plants I grow in my Colorado garden.  First published: Dec 29, 2011 @ 17:28 Zone: 5 Area: Front Yard Light:  The front yard faces southeast and is shaded by a large silver maple on the Northeast corner.  Along a strip next to the driveway I get 6+ hours of sun, but the majority of the… Continue reading Front Yard Plant List

Where do you start when you have very big gardening plans? Why small of course.

Sketch Meadow and Wood from the path entrance

The garden plan looks great on paper. But as I look around there’s so much to be done. Where do you start? One of the challenges with my new plan is digging out the dry pond and the dirt will form a berm. This requires I understand the layout of the current sprinkler system. The… Continue reading Where do you start when you have very big gardening plans? Why small of course.