May 20 I woke to my husband gently shaking me. He’d just surveyed the damage out back. It wasn’t good. And it was still snowing. Every couple minutes a low crack or splat sounded danger. I looked skyward to be sure the noise wasn’t from above and made my way around back. Wow. Of the… Continue reading Spring 2022 Snowstorm
Its been three years since the iron chlorotic silver maple was cut down. I had the left limb with the old bee hive removed this winter. So now what to do with this huge stump? We kept it since it holds one end of the hammock. I had the idea that I could put flower… Continue reading An idea for carving the maple stump
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
Do you ever see a plant that you think- ooh wouldn’t that be nice in my yard? Here is my list. For Spring Ribes sanguinium ‘Elkingtons white’s flowering currant Anenome nemerosa white flowers in spring <— I have anenome virginiana Pulmonaria ‘diana clare’. Lungwort Trillium kurabayashii giant purple wake robim. Speckled leaves with red flowers.… Continue reading I want that plant!
There is always room for improvement after a bed is created by seed. While last year the Rudbeckia took over the whole of the west area of the bed, it was never intended to have so much presence. To equalize the color scheme a variety of plants will be added this year. Where the Rudbeckia… Continue reading More colorful Colorado native flowering plants for the prairie garden.
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
To give the new patio by the pond some privacy I want to employ ornamental grasses. They must manage a three season showing including winter. While prairie grasses are a part of the yard, ornamental varieties tend to have better structure than their native species. The space will only accomodate about 3 feet of depth… Continue reading An ornamental grass hedge