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

Back Yard Plant List

The plants I track in my Colorado garden. Zone: 5 Light: 2020 – 30% sun, 35% part-shade, 35% shade. Looking out my patio I face northwest and the majority of the yard is shaded by numerous trees throughout the day.  A large maple was removed in 2019 at the southwestern edge that has created more… Continue reading Back Yard Plant List

Plants for winter interest

Interesting Winter Plants for Colorado. Winter lasts a good four to five months in the high plains of Colorado.  So you can imagine that a garden’s looks in winter are as important as summer’s.  Unfortunately I’ve tended to forget all about winter when choosing my plants during the growing season.  Then come January I’m berating… Continue reading Plants for winter interest

Evergreens with winterburn

Gold Juniper

So how did the garden fare over the 2010 winter? Well not so great.  From July through December, only 4.8 inches of snowfall was recorded at the official DIA weather station.  This is the second lowest half season snowfall on record, and a dry winter can take its toll on non-native plants.   For more… Continue reading Evergreens with winterburn

Spring plans – backyard

This year I want to keep spending down, yet be able to continue to add to the gardens. I don’t know if the roses planted in the planters will survive this very cold, dry winter.  My boxwoods are showing the affects freeze with yellowing leaves.  They also need more water than I’ve given them, so… Continue reading Spring plans – backyard