Books for Gardening

Be Inspired       Get native for Colorado   Design     Reference   Vegetable Gardening   The Backyard Homestead — Claims with a 1/4 backyard you can grow 2,000 pounds of food.  Guess they haven’t seen my sad little garden!   Garden Design Planting – Planting plans and groupings by Piet Oudolf and… Continue reading Books for Gardening

Druids and the mighty oak

There is a live oak along the Wadmalaw River – an angel and a mother. Dressed in her finest mint shawl of spanish moss. You approach her omniscience, and the pull of it’s protective branches bent low, ready to scoop you up and swaddle you in its enormity. A tree more welcoming than anything you’ve… Continue reading Druids and the mighty oak

Fall is near, it’s time to reflect on planting

Sheri Hagwood, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

When I look about the garden I see a lot of finished projects for the first time in a long time. This year’s been very productive. Not only have I found a few plants that are beneficial to both birds and me, I have found a new sense of appreciation for maintenance, the test of… Continue reading Fall is near, it’s time to reflect on planting

Exuberance to the point of annoyance. O Datura

The datura in my yard is the migrant of a desert plant from my old neighbor Lil.  Her datura’s seeds made their way north along the rock border towards my yard and I took a spike of seeds for myself.   Since then daturas have been part of the driest areas of my garden. Datura wrighti  also… Continue reading Exuberance to the point of annoyance. O Datura

Finally a space for a bridge and grassland?

Sketch Meadow and Wood from the path entrance

The Vision:  A calming mixture of dry stream and waves of nature inviting grass.  Creating better visual balance is key. When I envision a calm harmonizing place I think of the zen garden.  The subdued palette, natural material and simple symbolism.  I think of  its interactive purpose in bringing you fully into the present moment.… Continue reading Finally a space for a bridge and grassland?

A Transformation sometimes starts with a buzz, this is ViDas first day

First Published 5/28/2018.     Yesterday was a good day. I am jubilant with the progress made in my nephew’s yard. We spent the afternoon doing clean up and discovery. We learned they have a grape vine growing up and over their northern fence. While grapes are cool, the vine also began climbing the evergreens… Continue reading A Transformation sometimes starts with a buzz, this is ViDas first day

Potatoes in a sack. Adding soil after two weeks.

Potatoes in a sack. Planted June 1 or about.

I will start okay. The potatoes are growing like little weeds in their sacks. The one on the right has composted soil and on the left Miracle-Gro. The instructions say to fill the sack as the stems start to grow. I wasn’t sure if you should remove the leaves before adding soil. So I just… Continue reading Potatoes in a sack. Adding soil after two weeks.