|Aquilegia caerulea (Colorado Columbine)|
Thursday, May 28, 2015
There is a growing trend among Colorado gardeners to incorporate native plants, trees and shrubs into their landscapes. Indeed, in some areas, native plantings may be required by law, covenant or policy. There are so many good reasons to include native plants in the landscape! They attract pollinators, butterflies and birds, they are adaptable to poor soil, and they typically require less water.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
|Photos by Carol King|
Spring is typically tree and shrub planting time in Colorado. The garden centers and big box stores are offering a huge assortment to choose from. How does one know which tree to choose? Choosing the right tree is essential to tree health and success. Don’t just go to the garden center and take whatever you can find. Put some study into it.
Ask yourself some questions. What is growing well in your neighborhood? What varieties are suited to Front Range Colorado and are most resistant to common insect and disease pests? What is the purpose of my tree? Shade? Fruit? Windbreak? This can be a daunting decision so here are some resources to help:
Front Range Tree Recommendation List, from Colorado Nursery Grower's Association, American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado, the Colorado Tree Coalition, and Colorado State University Extension. ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/treereclist.pdf.
Recommended Trees for Colorado Front Range Communities, from Colorado State Forest Service, csfs.colostate.edu/pdfs/trees_for_frontrange.pdf.
Read more: Colorado tough: Great trees for your Western garden - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/homegarden/ci_25616185/colorado-tough-great-trees-your-western-garden#ixzz306oIQnag
Saturday, May 23, 2015
|Photo by Tina Negus|
In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields", Moina Michael conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Thus a tradition was born.
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Why not plant a poppy bed in honor of Memorial Day? Poppies are easy to grow in Colorado. They are drought and pest resistant. Many varieties grow easily from seed.
Here's an article that will help you have success with your planting.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
|Photo courtesy earthwards.com|
Nothing sparks an "oh, my, how lovely" response more than beautiful, edible flowers in, on, or around food. It's a splendid presentation! Kids think it's cool to eat flowers (but only the ones you plant).
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
|Photo courtesy pixshark.com|
As you are thinking about your summer flower garden, don’t forget to include spring-planted bulbs, corms and roots. Some examples include gladiolus, dahlias, canna, lilies and tuberous begonias.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
|Photo courtesy PlantTalk Colorado|
Fresh strawberries are a sure sign that summer has arrived. Strawberries (Fragaria ananassa) do well along the Front Range, even at higher elevations, making them a crop that can be rewarding for home gardeners. When establishing a new strawberry bed, try to pick a site that has not had raspberries, cherries, tomatoes, potatoes or eggplants growing in the past 5 years. These plants carry diseases that can infect and decrease the productivity of the strawberries. Select a site that gets at least 8 hours of sun during the summer. A soil test prior to planting is ideal so the soil can be amended according to the pants' needs, but if not possible, work one to two inches of compost into the bed one month before planting.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
|Photo by Judy Sedbrook, CSU|
Most of us are in Colorado because we love the sunny days but the cloudy, overcast weather in our current forecast is really a gift for gardeners at this time of year because it's the perfect time for hardening off. This is the process of acclimating your seedlings to the outdoors - an important step in gardening success.
You spent hours looking at seed catalogues and carefully selecting the vegetable varieties you wanted to grow. You've babied your seedlings with the best possible care and now they are beautiful! Please don't skip hardening off!
Thursday, May 7, 2015
|Photo courtesy PlantTalk Colorado|
Onions are a good crop to plant when the weather is still cool and the garden is calling for some sort of action. Take a tour of any garden center or seed catalog and you will find a plethora of onion selections. How does a gardener decide which is best for a Front Range garden?
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
|Coral Baby Penstemon photo Plant Select©|
Mother’s Day is May 10 this year -- just around the corner! All moms like to be given flowers on their special day. This year why not give a gift that “keeps on giving” and plant a perennial for Mom? Perennials may not have as great a visual impact in the container or immediately after planting as traditional horticultural species. Over time, however, they will reward Mom with their natural beauty.
A few of the many reasons native perennials are the ideal choice for a home landscape are:
- they are naturally adapted to Colorado’s climates, soils and environmental conditions.
- they require less external inputs such as watering, fertilizing and other cultural factors when the planting site mimics the plant’s native habitat.
- they create habitat and attract a variety of wildlife including mammals, birds, butterflies and other native pollinators.
Monday, May 4, 2015
|Hybrid Tea Peace Rose before pruning|
Sharpen your pruners and grab your gloves – it’s finally time to prune the roses! In Colorado, the best time to prune roses is around the end of April, after the danger of frost. By now, the roses have broken dormancy, and have lots of green growth.