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… Continue reading The yin and yang, the calm and active in gardening
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… Continue reading A look back to where it once was
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… Continue reading The pollinator garden five years on
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… Continue reading Outlining a new garden bed with a sharp edge.
Geum triflorum Pursh Old man’s whiskers/ Prairie Smoke 3″ x 6″h (seed head) Blooms: Spring Bloom Water/Drainage Dry to medium Soil Type: Sand, Sand loam Called a Versitale 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… Continue reading Geum triflorim – Prairie Smoke
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:
The plants I grow in my Colorado garden. First published: Dec 29, 2011 @ 17:28 Zone: 5 Area: Front Yard Light: The front yard faces southeast and is shaded by a large silver maple on the Northeast corner. Along a strip next to the driveway I get 6+ hours of sun, but the majority of the… Continue reading Front Yard Plant List
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… Continue reading Where do you start when you have very big gardening plans? Why small of course.