Monday, January 22, 2018

Thank You

Thank you for visiting my website+blog!

Although I am NOW RETIRED, I hope you will use this site as a resource for learning about landscape design and gardening in the Denver area and along Colorado's Front Range. Please use the labels and search functions on the right side of the page to locate topics of interest. Articles range from horticultural tips to plant profiles to design advice — plus lots of photos for inspiration. I have also written over 50 articles for Rocky Mountain gardeners that have been published by Houzz; see the link on the right.

Happy gardening,

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday 7.29.2015

I'm not a big fan of striped petunias, but these were such a perfect color match to theflorescent pink geraniums that I couldn't resist them. Neither could the damselfly!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More Showers = More Flowers

One upside of the cool and rainy summer we've been having is the reappearance in my garden of a planting combo that I haven't seen blooming together for many years; 'Milk Chocolate' Daylily and 'Firecracker' loosestrife.
Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'
The loostrife needs regular watering and daylilies are not as drought tolerant as you might think. Most years the loofstrife makes a short, feeble appearance in early spring, and then goes dormant as summer heats up and I go to my once a month watering regime. The daylily is typically stunted in size and blooms very little, if at all.
Hemerocallis 'Milk Chocolate'
This plant selection was inspired as I read Color Echos by Pamela Harper. Denver was going through an era of above average moisture at that time too (the mid-1990's), and I planted — and lost — many things. It was a time of expansive development and experimentation for my own home garden, and I learned so much. Gardening is a game of experimentation and determination, so don't give up!

the buff colored seed heads of blue oat grass, left, and the tawny brown seed capsules of beauty bush, right back, add more  echoes to the various brown hues