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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Mashup 6.29.2015

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Rosea'
This unusual, pink form of Maltese Cross has been blooming for a couple of weeks now. It's an early summer favorite of mine; I bought it many years ago from my friend, Kelly Grummons, of Timberline Gardens in Arvada. This wonderful nursery is set to close in a few months, so be sure to stop by soon and shop from their extensive collection of native, xeric and rock garden perennials.

Early July brings some of our hottest weather of the year. Here is my gardener's July check list.

Efficient watering is imperative this time of year. If you are looking to upgrade your irrigation system, consider converting to a HydraWise controller. These are designed for smaller properties (home landscapes) and can auto-adjust your system to weather conditions in your area. Plus, you can operate it from your smartphone --- how cool is that! These controllers are now available in Denver through at CPS Distributors (to the trade only), so talk to your landscape professional. Note: this is not a paid endorsement nor have I tested the product myself.

The Wheat Ridge Garden Tour is celebrating its 5th year now and going strong. Check out the web site for tickets (lunch included!) and info on the bike tour. Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 11th. I'll be volunteering first thing in the morning at Garden A. Be sure to say Hi!

Need to get away? A visit to one of these cool Colorado lakes might be just the ticket!

Have a fun and safe Independence Day!