2021 A Colorado fall to remember

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

Desert fall

Rust Burgundy Olive Straw Gray The colors of the fall desert. What a lovely sight. Such harmony of colors Monet would have been jealous. The most beautiful come from a spiky bitter weed I cannot name but surely remember from childhood romps in the fields behind our home. I wonder how many traveling along this… Continue reading Desert fall

Unexpected fall color

Spirea 'Gold Flame'

This fall in Colorado has been as long an Indian summer as I can remember.   It is just now that some of my plants are showing their fall foliage.  With the amount of shade I receive in even the sunniest spots of my garden, the plants tend to lag a week or two behind… Continue reading Unexpected fall color

Spring plans – backyard

This year I want to keep spending down, yet be able to continue to add to the gardens. I don’t know if the roses planted in the planters will survive this very cold, dry winter.  My boxwoods are showing the affects freeze with yellowing leaves.  They also need more water than I’ve given them, so… Continue reading Spring plans – backyard