|giant water lily, water platter|
Whew, it's been a busy couple of weeks, but I wanted to share with you a couple of projects I've been involved with recently. Last weekend I represented the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado on KMGH TV Denver's Channel 7 (ABC network affiliate). The topic was "Improving Curb Appeal and Your Home's Value with Landscaping." Here's the video clip:
|fernbush at Kendrick Lake park in Lakewood, Colorado|
Good news and not so good news last Sunday at the Cambie Garden
we arrived to see the majority of wheat plants pulled out and the flowering Red Mustard plants broken in half - we were really looking forward to baking some bread with our wheat harvest, and the bees were so enjoying the mustard blossoms -
on a brighter note, our raspberries are just about starting to show some colour, and our mixed bed of chard, carrots and beets is looking really healthy - even the brussels sprouts are growing by leaps and bounds - and flower starts are visible on the zucchini
Summer here we come .............
We put our summer out early, just like everything else at the YWCA Rooftop Food Garden. A combination of row covers and black plastic mulch (we re-used black trash bags) kept them nice and warm, and hopefully will keep the encroaching horsetail at bay. Squashes are starting to emerge, but so is powdery mildew thanks to our rainy BC springs.
|The first 'Soleil' yellow squash starting to emerge|
|pesky powdery mildew|
|these small round zucchinis are called '8-Ball'|
Many areas of Colorado's Front Range have been hit with severe hail storms this past month. Luckily, my garden has only had to cope with the endless, drying winds. Here are a few highlights of what's blooming right now --- my favorites that are tough and reliable, regardless of the crazy weather:
|Dalea purpureum, purple prairie clover|
|Glaucium flavum, horned poppy|
|Nymphaea spp, hardy waterlily|
|Callirhoe involucrata, poppy mallow|
|Echinops ritro, globe thistle|
|Penstemon pinefolius 'Mersea Yellow', yellow pine-leaf penstemon|
Kristen and Sharon, you are our two lucky winners - start planning your Saturday! Please contact me at jhcstudios at yahoo dot com as soon as possible for all the info. Thanks to all who played along!
The garden is looking lush and green with all the rain we've had of late .......
Last Wednesday the City Hall daycare group helped transplant eggplant and peppers (under the hoop house), marigolds, tomatillos and tomatoes and direct seeded carrots, kale and swiss chard .......
Today we broadcast mild mesclun mix around the Brussels sprouts and direct seeded a wide row of Buttercrunch lettuce, one last row of cylindra beets and more nasturtiums - the beds are almost full - now we just need some sunshine to bring on the harvest
speaking of harvest - we had our first harvest today - white icicle radishes ........the Blue Russian potatoes are now in flower, and we even have blossoms on some of our tomatoes - the picture below shows Galina, Gurnsey Pink Blush, Medovaya Kaplya and Kimberley
Another lovely morning in the garden .... no need to water as we've had plenty of rain this past week. We recovered the hoop house to allow for better air circulation for the soon to be transplanted eggplants and peppers - we are trying out red okra under cover as well - this crop needs lots of heat - so here's hoping for one of our rare hot summers.
Ladybugs have arrived - and the bees are enjoying the red mustard flowers.
Poona Kheera cucumbers were planted out today, the strawberries, potatoes, mixed salad greens, brocolli and wild arugula are all loving our weather ........... here are a few pictures of our garden in early June -