What makes a garden calming? What makes a garden exciting? There are numerous ways to achieve both in your garden. The calm Japanese gardens in Zen Buddhist monasteries are purposely planted to calm the senses to enhance the meditative state. In Chinese tradition this would be the yin, the quiet, the winter, the shade. A […]
A look to 2007 and the beginnings of a journey to the garden border. This place was much more bare than I remember it. This was 12 years already. Today, plants and weeds too overflow everywhere… an urban lot on the precipice of maximum habitation. Though within some bounds. Nothing is more centering to the […]
It’s hard to remember the patch of dirt, trash containers and Rock wasteland that welcomed, or should I say scared visitors in my backyard. Today it’s an ever evolving combination of late spring and summer blooming plants that grow where they seeds of the previous year land. Few are the black-eyed susans… While echinacea and […]
I will begin my project with the edging of the new backyard beds and pond. These edges will be made by spade… and hopefully not take a ton of time. To start I need to sharpen the spade’s blade. Sharpening Tools: 1. Remove Rust from shovel body: From least efficient to most: Sandpaper, orbital sander […]
Geum triflorum Pursh Old man’s whiskers/ Prairie Smoke 3″ x 6″h (seed head) versatile plant for the rock garden. It has 3 season interest and you might be lucky to see a bumble-bee! I have not seen one in more than two years in my garden. Made for well drained, hot / dry sites, […]
It’s good to get to know your plants before they are planted. Did you know they are good for grazing? This would be a good link for every size plot. This says little bluestem might be annoying in the garden… homestead on the range See Also:
June 6 Black swallowtail
11 a.m. on June 9th and it’s 48 degrees.
The garden plan looks great on paper. But as I look around there’s so much to be done. Where do you start? One of the challenges with my new plan is digging out the dry pond and the dirt will form a berm. This requires I understand the layout of the current sprinkler system. The […]
The growing season for arborvitae in Colorado Because arborvitaes grow continuously during the growing season, you can prune them at any time through mid-summer. Topping arborvitaes, however, negatively affects the trees’ growth and appearance and should be avoided.