Miss Bateman Clematis

Miss Bateman Clematis

Originally published 5/30/2011 Clematis  are part of the Ranunculaceae family. I very much like my Miss Bateman Clematis, a deciduous perennial climber.  I planted two last year in my Colorado garden and both are faring well.  They have reached a height of about 3 feet and are growing vigorously.  They need a better attachment to… Continue reading Miss Bateman Clematis

Dianthus cuttings

In my garden I have  4 Dianthus gratianapolitanus  ‘Cheddar Pink’ on a mound with good drainage.  An herbaceous perennial with deep pink flowers float over a lovely grayish green leaves, they form nice clumps of evergreen ground cover.   These incredibly spicy clove scented flowers bloom in early summer.  herbaceous – an annual or perennial… Continue reading Dianthus cuttings

Planting Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’ peach

Planting Date:  3/8/2021 The nursery near me had 3 varieties of semi-dwarf peach trees.  My desires are pretty general.  I want a delicious peach that can reliably ripen before a frost (as early as early September) and one that is hardy. Prunus persica hails from an intermountain region of China, in the province on Nanjing. … Continue reading Planting Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’ peach

Bonsai boy care instructions for juniper Nana

Bonsaiboy.com The dwarf juniper is the most popular evergreen in the united states. When we think of a traditional bonsai and what it should look like, we think of a juniper procumbens nana. it is very hardy, long lived, and tolerates many adverse conditions. Juniperous procumbens is a low growing juniper native to southern Japan.… Continue reading Bonsai boy care instructions for juniper Nana

Give nature a blanket in winter

and you’ll see habitat everywhere you look Dried leaves as blankets I freely admit I’m not neat or tidy, or organized.  But I like beauty and that usually requires some tidiness or organization. For most suburbanites the fall tidy up means a clearing of dead leaves.  But imagine if we treated our bodies the same… Continue reading Give nature a blanket in winter

Pruning the peach and forcing branches indoors

After spending an hour last night reviewing how peach trees are pruned I set to work today on pruning my peach.  With the oscillating temperatures in January buds have begun to form and now is the time to get pruning. It’s a very chilly 27 degrees, hopefully not too cold.  I start by pruning out… Continue reading Pruning the peach and forcing branches indoors

Propagating colorado native flower seed indoors and out

2021 April 13 Planted March 4 Ratibida had about seven sprouts. Probably within the last couple days. cotlydon are yellow. Set out into soil. Geum no sign of sprouting. Many seeds were moldy Butterflyweed no sign of sprouting. Dalea P. 2/4 planted February 4th evidence of germination seen on Feb 7 milk jug no drainage… Continue reading Propagating colorado native flower seed indoors and out

Plant your water for your best harvest yet

Imagine having this much water.  And knowing you made it happen.  The Cascata Delle Marmore Falls in Italy are manmade, built to solve problems of another manmade water flow.  Moving water is a long held skill of humans, though the Romans were immensly expert in moving large amounts long distances. For the arid American West,… Continue reading Plant your water for your best harvest yet

Roses in the garden

This is the Portland Rose Garden managed by the Portland Rose Society.

Planting a rose in a Colorado garden. Roses do great in Front Range Colorado, partially due to the dryness of the air which discourages the fungal diseases you see in eastern roses like black spot.  You just need to ensure you have your clays well mixed with organic matter to create space for air and… Continue reading Roses in the garden

Whats an olla watering pot?

olla: A cool terracotta watering pot that sits below ground and realeases water slowly by seeping through the whole of the pot.   Olla Garden Watering Pots Below is an excerpt from www.onewintrynightollas.com   • Menasha, WI Ollas are low-tech irrigation pots that were first documented in China about 2000 years ago, and many researchers… Continue reading Whats an olla watering pot?