Let not each beauty ev’rywhere be spied,Where half the skill is decently to hide.He gains all points, who pleasingly confounds,Surprises, varies, and conceals the bounds. Epistles to Several Persons: Epistle IV By Alexander Pope This is a perfect quote for the garden and one found in the inspirational garden of Frank Cabot. In his pigeonnier… Continue reading Let not each beauty ev’rywhere be spied
Happy New Year! To all the imaginary readers I have, may this year be the rise out of disease into a more healthy, meaningful, and fulfilled future!
Today I was in distress. My favorite tree in the neighborhood was at risk! All over the ground were long branches. Was it being cut down? This healthy tall majestic beauty, whose unusual white bark is especially lovely in spring against a pink flowering crabapple? No no NO! Whew okay, it was only a few… Continue reading Lovely neighbor tree gets a crew cut
September 2021 As fall begins to settle in I have time to reflect on the highlights of the year’s garden. Side-oats grama is blooming with little red blossoms and big bluestem’s turkey feet soar above the darkening seedheads of Echinacea purpurea. Every year is different in Tidy Chaos. This year so much changed as I… Continue reading 2021 A Colorado fall to remember
The colors of a Colorado prairie are light and airy. The color of straw, of pink lipstick and sage.
Can I maintain this? How do i get from here .. TO … Sometimes I think I just made a huge mistake. Easy to mow grass is replaced with open ground and weeds. The grass I hope to grow was mingled with the bluegrass an indistinguishable when trying to clear ground. The stone steps that… Continue reading Doubts about the Prairie
Cotoneaster franchetii plant beat all others in a Royal Horticultural Society study to determine how much car pollution a hedge formed plant removed from the air and captured within leaf materials. Leaf samples were measured for heavy metals: Zn, Cu, Pb, as well as Na. before and after being exposed to roadside traffic for 9 days without… Continue reading The pollution soakers: Colorado natives to test
There is a live oak along the Wadmalaw River – an angel and a mother. Dressed in her finest mint shawl of spanish moss. You approach her omniscience, and the pull of it’s protective branches bent low, ready to scoop you up and swaddle you in its enormity. A tree more welcoming than anything you’ve… Continue reading Druids and the mighty oak
When I look about the garden I see a lot of finished projects for the first time in a long time. This year’s been very productive. Not only have I found a few plants that are beneficial to both birds and me, I have found a new sense of appreciation for maintenance, the test of… Continue reading Fall is near, it’s time to reflect on planting
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