Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Best Bouquet Ever?

While we wait for the rains to abate and the return of sunshine and warmth to our gardens, we can scheme and dream about what we'll be cooking up with our harvest. How about a fabulous edible bouquet like this one which was the featured centerpiece at a recent graduation party for my lovely niece, Alex.  It was crafted by Kelle Lambert of Lincoln, Nebraska, and featured a huge array of fresh veggies including turnips, beets, fennel and leeks, to name a few. Sharpen your knives and start practicing now!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Peony Time

Peonies are one of those trigger plants that evoke memories of times, places, and people gone by. They are one of only a handful of plants that many of my clients actually know (and often request for their gardens). Peonies are valued by both Western and Eastern cultures — being native to China — and have been cultivated in gardens and featured in many art forms for centuries.

Most folks are familiar with herbaceous peonies that die back to the ground every winter. Today's photos feature a tree peony that I photographed recently at Denver Botanic Gardens.

white tree peony frames a moon gate at DBG
There are peonies suitable for almost any Front Range garden; they're quite durable, once established. For more information on peonies and how to grow them, visit Peony's Envy; they offer a wealth of information and lots of luscious photos. Note: this is not a sponsored link, I just like to share the good stuff when I find it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday 4.22.2015

Admelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'
Despite last week's winter-like weather, the serviceberry blooms on. Looking forward to plenty of delicious fruit this summer!