Prunus americana Wild Plum

Prunus americana  American Plum / Wild Plum On sale in 2021 at Tagawa Gardens – this most intoxicatingly scented spring bloomer is a hardy, woody tall shrub or flowering tree. Blooming in March, this is early food source for native bees waking up in Spring. https://tagawagardens.com/documents/2021_Nursery_Trees_Shrubs_List.pdf This year we had a large wet snowstorm on… Continue reading Prunus americana Wild Plum

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

New plants in 2017

I am left with so little time these days its hard to keep up with watering new plants nevermind documenting their introduction! But what would a plant list be if their incomplete Additions: Hakone Grass Lady Fern Sedum Sunsparkler Cornus Canadensis (bunchberry) Arborvitae North Pole Rasberry Anne Fall bearing Rasberry Joan J Fall bearing Rasberry… Continue reading New plants in 2017

The early summer garden

These pictures were taken the first week of June.  Late spring and early summer have the largest abundance of flowers with the peonies, roses, and clematis taking the main stage. The clematis below is in shade, getting only a couple hours of sun total a day. The weigela (burgundy leaves and dark pink flute shaped… Continue reading The early summer garden

Adding more structure to the flower bed

Hydrangea 'shugert'

Over time the flower bed in the backyard has progressed from a bed with mostly ground cover, a couple peonies and perennials, to a bed dominated by shrubs, flowering vines, and a few perennials. To lower the maintenance further, I have removed some ailing day-lillies and sage that have seen better days, and replaced with… Continue reading Adding more structure to the flower bed

2012 Spring arrivals

I am happy to say that many of the late purchases of  last season have returned this warm Colorado spring.  For me the most joyful part of gardening is seeing a misplaced or mistreated plant beat the odds. Thelypteris decursive-pinnata (Japanese Beech Fern) These ferns are planted under a silver maple, in very dry shade.… Continue reading 2012 Spring arrivals

Finally planted!

Fall planting in Colorado, a weigela’s story. Okay so I’m a lazy gardener come August. My beds look like a frat house after homecoming, and the last of my summer grand plans sit in pots waiting their permanent homes.  Though the yard needs tending, I daydream that its really not my lack of care come… Continue reading Finally planted!