Maybe that should read lazy daze! I’ve been enjoying the lazy days of summer to the extreme; puttering in the garden (plenty of weeding and deadheading to do), hiking in the foothills, cruising around the neighborhood on my bike, sitting on the patio in the evenings and knitting while I listen to the Rockies games on the radio, and generally reveling in our lovely summer weather. Cooler temperatures and more rain than usual have made it a joy to be outdoors!
My garden was spared last week when a horrific hail and wind storm scoured the west side of the Denver metro area. The damage is amazing to see; trees not blown over lost limbs or were stripped of their foliage, smaller shrubs and plantings were beat to a pulp. Once the clean-up phase is completed it’s really best to just sit back and let nature take its course. Plants with established root systems may spring right back with new leaves and fresh growth; others may shut down for the season but resume normal growth patterns next year. (Now is NOT the time to fertilize; trying to stimulate plants that are stressed and in shock is not only a waste of money but may be detrimental to the plants themselves.) It will be really interesting to see how it all plays out. Please keep me posted on your garden’s recovery!
mariposa lily, Calochortus sp., photographed at Red Feather Lakes, July 18, 2009
Also known as century plants, the agaves are wonderfully sculptural succulents that can be used as accent plants or in small groupings. I love the large, slightly sculpted leaves and their cool blue color. These plants are few and far between in the
It’s now blooming, and the stalk is about 12’tall! The plants are located in a dry, south facing exposure that gets plenty of heat. These plants are rated for zones 4-10.
Another species that is sold locally is Agave havardiana, Harvard’s century plant (sorry, no photo). It is not as hardy, only to zone 5, so it should definitely be planted near boulders, walls, or other heat absorbing and radiating hardscape features. Well drained soil is a must. This agave is very similar in appearance to the Parry’s, but twice as big! This 3’x3’ monster would be a fantastic specimen and focal point for a warm, protected courtyard garden.
So, if you’re feeling adventuresome, check out Agave.
after all that trouble to move the compost and lay down wire mesh under the composter, it took the rats all of TWO DAYS to chew a hole right through the composter. I've heard plastic is like candy to rats. We lined part of the inside of the composter with wire mesh, and have no issues since. (touch wood). We are still looking for old CDs to use for rodent deterrents, please let us know if you have any to donate!
our luscious tomatoes, which despite being staked still seem to become a jungle. almost all are producing fruit!
this is our 'two sisters' mix (most of the beans were shaded out by the pumpkin)
instead of just drying up, our potato flowers are producing fruit! You'll see they resemble little tomatoes (and indeed are the same family), but these fruits are toxic and cannot be eaten.
our zucchinis are phenomenal! on this plant alone, six zucchins are currently growing. We've been enjoying the harvest for a couple weeks now.
here is lindsay working hard to put new soil on top of the bed that wasn't working. We planted yellow zucchini, leeks, celery, beets, carrots and radishes, which have mostly sprouted now.