Strawberries do well in Colorado gardens when they are protected from hungry critters and watered properly. Did you know strawberries aren’t actually berries but accessory fruit? The juicy deliciousness we eat doesn’t come from the plant’s ovary, as in other berries, but the space the ovary sits inside called the receptacle. A strawberry’s skin is… Continue reading Strawberries for Colorado
Today is supposed to be 70+ degrees, a perfect time to get some seeds sown and tender perennials potted up to wait for the last frost. The new normal for spring in Colorado includes large swings in temps from 70 to 20 and back again. Only the hardiest plants can take frost on their new… Continue reading Chores before another spring snow includes potting dahlias
Any seed packet that says to start your plants indoors 8 weeks before last frost should be started in March in Colorado. Sowing vegetables in Colorado usually requires you be ready come March to get your grow on. If you want to know a less expensive way to start seeds indoors, check out, 3 essentials… Continue reading March Propagation
I need a tree that has star quality. It must also be happy in my Colorado garden. This tree will keep watch over the pond and be a focal point from the new patio. It will have a backdrop of prairie flowers from the patio view. That is not the only direction the tree will… Continue reading A focal point tree for the patio
Some of the most beautiful plants grow in warm climates. But that doesn’t mean a Colorado garden can’t share in the glory. While you are harvesting your vegetables in early fall, don’t forget to grab the container plants to ready for overwintering. Storing bare roots of plants is a long tradition of garden nurseries, and… Continue reading Storing tender perennial bulbs
This apple tree is the centerpiece of my zen garden. A small circular walk leads around its graceful limbs and twisted trunks. In the afternoon its shades my stone patio and lounge. It provides interest in the north part of my yard. In 2021 it produced so many yummy fruits I couldn’t use them all.… Continue reading The apple tree is damaged during a trim
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction / Edition 1by Christopher Alexander I have added this book to my wishlist based on a reader’s review that urges you to look differently at your living spaces. Christopher Alexander is passionate and persuasive about what he believes we need in our homes: natural light from two sides of… Continue reading A book for the nook – A Pattern Language
2021 keeps bearing gifts with the formation of a new gardening club in my neighborhood. With so many lovely gardens, I was excited to see what wonders lie behind privacy fences. Unfortunately I missed the first day of tours. Maybe next year. Nothing is more fun than sharing your garden with friends. Like all artistic… Continue reading A new gardening club
Mantids are known to change color to match their environment. This one matched my yellow/tan house perfectly… reminds me of a wax bean! He hung out at the front door for a couple days. I never knew there were over 2400 species of mantid across the world. This one I guessed to be a praying… Continue reading Ever see a tan mantis?
I like how the dry pond and stream came out – it has the bones of a small mountain stream making its way down the valley to a river bottom. As grass peaks out here and there I will add a few flowering plants. I am currently scoping out the pond liner and what I… Continue reading Planning the pond.