My favorite bird is the mourning dove. Their sound is the most pleasant of any bird out there. I read today its in decline. To help it I will build a cone for easy nesting. young mourning dove Supplies: 12″ x 12″ Hardware cloth Tin Snips Cut a circle from the hardware cloth. Measure […]
Climate change is impacting the summer and winter grounds for migrating birds. Predictions for habitat loss due to climate is being studied so that wildlife corridors are saved for those birds as they determine new areas to live in a changing world. If you want to help, contact the Audobon Society with your donation today. […]
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, […]
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 […]
After many years waiting for the cash to get the patio I knew would never get done by myself, I am quite pleased with the result. Eucevio and his son did a great job, even accommodating a move of the very heavy stone stair. Here is the before and after. Now to plan the shade […]
A spring storm in Colorado covers an apple blossom in snow; hardening off indoor grown seedlings; and how to warm a mini-greenhouse at night.
My 5th dragon looks up cautiously from his perch on an overturned pot. He stands about 15″ tall and has found shelter next to a hail ravaged Sum and Substance Hosta, Korean boxwood and my latest planting violas. I am hoping these viola will reseed… or at least last another good part of this so […]
I have two great new garden art pieces thanks to my very crafty friend Brenda and her mom Jean. They spent many an hour finding the wonderful glass pieces that went into these glass flowers. Using a glass bottle to house the rebar stem, these beauties light up a shady spot in the afternoon. […]
With lovely locked tails and upright ears, these three dragons are sweet little sentries. They keep watch of the side yard and back under the honey locust. With a greenish tint they are quite striking. I received these for my anniversary in 2014.
This week I have received my vegetable seeds and are starting plans for next years garden. I came across a new way to keep a vegetable garden weed free, the straw bale garden. The inventor of this method, Joel Karsten has written a book called ‘Straw Bale Gardens’ to show gardeners the method. Essentially […]