My friends at Kevin Robb Studios have created a versatile, durable patio that is a great transition from the garden to their work area. It’s the perfect setting for entertaining their clients. The patio was formed up on site, with 6 inch wide strips between the 4’x 4’ concrete pads. The gaps are planted with crocus bulbs and creeping thyme, which stays green year round. Party on!
There are better alternatives than sending all of this organic matter to the landfill. One option is to compost it. Check out this excellent website for complete instructions and troubleshooting tips. I compost garden waste and kitchen scraps on a regular basis, but my spring clean-up overwhelms my system and storage space. Therefore, I’ll go to Plan B…
The other option is to take it to a recycler that will use it for their compost making business. Gather up your branches and bags of debris and head to Mountain States Wood Recyclers at 2300 W. Radcliff Ave (303-789-3356). There is a minimum fee of $15.00, or $7.00 per cubic yard (just like taking it to the dump, but cheaper!). But, hey, it’s worth it knowing that all that stuff will be recycled and “reborn” as compost, the gardener’s best friend!
More of my daughter's photos from Chengdu, China. Today's photos feature blooming flowers in containers and how they’re used in park settings. All of the flowers you see are grown, placed, and maintained in their pots either on the ground or in topiary frames.
My daughter just returned from a vacation to Chengdu, China. She came home with hundreds of photographs, including the ones that you see here. Chengdu has a cool, humid climate--think coastal northern California--the opposite of ours here in Denver. I do recognize a few plants though…Isn’t that flowering quince (Chaenomeles), above, stunning?
The saucer magnolia, below, can be grown here if you have a protected spot and deep, rich soil. How about a whole grove of magnolias?
One of the interesting vendors I met is a woman named Susan Thayer, the president of Maxijet, Inc, and their retail division, Mister Landscaper. She purchased the business from her father in 1972. They specialize in the design and manufacture of low water volume irrigation products for both professional landscape contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners. The Mister Landscaper products are a bit unusual in that they are made to adapt to a regular home water spigot. Check out their website or look for them at better hardware stores including Lowe’s, Ace and TruValue.
I also enjoyed the free BBQ lunch! Thanks, CPS!
I always like to think of March 1st as the first day of spring. Wrong! Five inches of snow yesterday and a cold, blustery day today. But the warm days are more frequent now, and it makes sense to get out into the garden. My chores this month include cutting back all of the old stems from my perennials, and cutting back all of my ornamental grasses as well. I leave all my leaf debris/mulch until April to help insulate my plants during this, our snowiest month of the year.
Hopefully by next week my internet access issues will be resolved---I'm doing a "remote" post today---and I can post some photos of my first blooming flowers of the year.
Those of you in the Denver area: tune in to Channel 7 on Saturday morning (March 3). I'm slated for a quick three minute chat about planning for spring.