A Mailbox with Charm

Updated mailbox painted with acrylic and protection coated.

Mailboxes are often a forgotten part of the landscape and yet are one of the most visited sites in the yard. My mailbox has been an eyesore for years with its peeling paint and weathered post. I could have gone out and purchased another inexpensive box and left it at that, but the crafty girl… Continue reading A Mailbox with Charm

Welcome Spring!

Daffodils in Spring

A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by… Continue reading Welcome Spring!

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

Transplanting the Weeping Cherry

Cherry tree moved

Growing Weeping Cherries in Colorado. Last year in early spring,  I purchased a dwarf weeping cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’  x Var unknown.)   It  was to be a focal point nearing the front entry way.  After one season I realized that although called dwarf, its branches were already hanging over the walkway and would become… Continue reading Transplanting the Weeping Cherry

Preparing for Garden Visitors

Blue Jay spying a squirrels hidden peanut

As a gardener, Spring is a most exciting time.  From watching the first signs of bulbs emerging from their still chilly soil to witnessing the return of favorite birds, Spring never fails to instill hope and renewal.  Although I provide bird seed for the hardy winter guests and love to watch the squirrels and finch… Continue reading Preparing for Garden Visitors

Dreaded Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is often associated with roses and other plants requiring a good amount of moisture to sustain growth. My vegetable gardens in the last few years have been stunted and in the case of 2010, a complete loss due to mildew. Powdery mildew is most active at temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees F.… Continue reading Dreaded Powdery Mildew

Spring 2011 To Do List

Bouquet Tulip 'Toronto'

Do you ever marvel at the gardeners who can makeover a section of their garden in a weeks time? I am truly inspired by my neighbor across the street.  Even with MS and age hampering her efforts she has managed to take an ordinary suburban yard with drab shrubs and overgrown ground covers and created… Continue reading Spring 2011 To Do List

Plant Wishlist

Plants to think about: Spring blooming Iris danfordiae dwarf iris Early Summer blooming Veronica Spicata ‘Sunny Border Blue’ Roses Franchesca English Miss Cherry Parfait Deep Secret FRAU KARL DRUSCHKI MORNING HAS BROKEN MAGNIFICENT PERFUME rosa ‘bonica’ rosa ‘the fairy’ Mr. Lincoln Long tall Sally Blue Girl Rose   Tips on Roses Plant root stock 1″… Continue reading Plant Wishlist

The Changing Seasons

Front Yard Daffodils

This is a log of the signs of spring from year to year within different parts of the year. Year Date Location Sign of spring 2010 March 1 Front Flower Bed Daffodils 2010 March 15 Back Flower Bed Daffodils 2011 Feb 28 Front Flower Bed Daffodils, Tulips