Another powdery mildew victim

Powdery mildew — an ever present danger in Colorado gardens. To battle it on a peony I am trying a top coat of a mouthwash solution. Paeonia ‘Dr Alexander Fleming’ 9/4/2016 powdery mildew. 30% solution mouthwash applied to leaves.  Trimmed lower leaves. 11/1/2016  Update The mouthwash treatment kept mildew at bay for a couple weeks,… Continue reading Another powdery mildew victim

Serious Powdery Mildew on Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle vines are vigorous plants that tolerate many growing conditions.  My Lonicera Sipervens ‘Pink Lemonade‘ has been moved from house to house and landed in a very shady part of the front yard.  It has done well there until 2014, an unusually wet year. Water combined with poor air flow created perfect conditions for the… Continue reading Serious Powdery Mildew on Honeysuckle

Hybrid tea rose with yellowing leaves – UPDATE

Yellowing leaves on rose

Today I posted a question to CSU’s Plant Talk to help with my new rose I planted not long ago in the front yard.  I’ve never used this service before so we’ll see what they say. The rose is a Week’s  Nursery plant that was wonderfully healthy when I purchased it from Creekside Gardens in… Continue reading Hybrid tea rose with yellowing leaves – UPDATE

First Square Garden – Lessons

Zuchinni after two weeks oil treatment

This year was quite a good year for learning in my first square foot garden.  Having so many lessons also means having little yield.  But I would rather learn many lessons in a single year than struggle for years to come. Today is Day 70 Lesson 1.  More Sun  Veges other than leaf varieties really… Continue reading First Square Garden – Lessons

Propagating Geraniums

Taking Cuttings Annuals can add such striking color in our gardens.  But like everyone else I am looking for ways to stretch my gardening budget.  One way is propagation. Normally I purchase a couple hanging planters each year to give my patio some color.  Our local nursery grows wonderful geraniums that just burst with flowers. Each… Continue reading Propagating Geraniums

Soil Testing

CSU Soil Kit

For the longest time, I was convinced that not having an automatic sprinkler was the main reason I killed plants.  After many years of watching plants shrivel and die I got a new system and ‘oila’ I had plants that thrived like my neighbors. Well no that’s not true.  Many of the plants that needed… Continue reading Soil Testing

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