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

Seed Starting 2010

Colorado has a fairly short growing season, so many of the plants that would normally be started outdoors after danger of last spring frost I chose to start indoors. Getting the timing right is always a challenge. If you start too soon, plants will tend to be leggy and will have a hard time adjusting… Continue reading Seed Starting 2010

Plants on order

This year I wanted plant at least one hummingbird attracting perennial.  Thanks to a generous gift from my mother in law, Karen, I had money to spend at High Country Gardens.  Here is what I bought. Veronica liwanensis – turkish speedwell (Standard Pot) Quantity: 7 Price Each: $4.99 Beautiful blue flowering, semi-evergreen groundcover, to be… Continue reading Plants on order

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

Bulbs all planted

Today my mom would have been 73. A good day to plant some bulbs, and I think I will dedicate them to her! I always wonder what kind of garden she would have had if she had been able to bend and get around more easily. Would she have started with a plan, then fill… Continue reading Bulbs all planted

Bulbs to be planted

Did I really buy over a hundred bulbs?  90 Daffodils may suck now, but springs gonna be great!  These will replace the daffodils bulbs I took up and then promptly forgot about when we removed the rose garden. Lets hope this place is the same outfit I got my last bulbs from, I don’t want… Continue reading Bulbs to be planted

Backyard Review 2008

This year’s work turned out well in the backyard, even if I didn’t get the rose beds around the patio complete. The new shrubs planted in the expanded flower garden has given structure to it that was missing. More plants are needed, but its a good start. Plants added include: A. Hibiscus syr ‘Helene’ (Tree)… Continue reading Backyard Review 2008