A Few of my Favorite Things

This is a familiar lyric heard on the radio during the Christmas season made popular by Julie Andrews.  In the movie, Sound of Music she sings to the Captain’s frightened children to calm them down during a storm.  Music indeed soothes the soul. Another favorite this time of the year are Christmas stories shared.  They connect one generation to the next. Many have themes including... Read More

The Unbroken Circle

Let’s take stroll down memory lane, a very long stroll. Approximately 2400 years ago, the Salii (Etruscans) of Southern Europe adorned themselves with corona sutilis. This special item was constructed of flowers, more specifically roses, and formed into an elegant chaplet to be worn at a festival events. The ancient Romans wore them to denote power and pride. The Greeks, wore this as token of... Read More

A Thanksgiving Dream

Sometimes the simplest most heartfelt messages are shared in childhood.  These memories are kept safely away in the recesses of our mind. It takes a child (or a children’s movie) to be reminded of a song and a prayer for those we love. In this case the 1987 movie, An American Tail, is a story of two mice, Fievel and Tanya. When Fievel gets lost... Read More

A Slice of Life

As the holiday season approaches, one is reminded of a  time of gathering with friends and family. You may be young or ‘older,’  travel near or far, but memories of home return. Edgar A. Guest stated, “So at last I think we always come to see that the hometown, whether it be a great city or humble one, takes its place in the mind and... Read More

Christmas at Creek Side – A Holiday Labor of Love

The Holiday elves at Creek Side Gardens begin planning for our holiday gift shop the prior spring.  Just about the time when everybody is enjoying tulips blooming and the Robins have emerged from their nests, a vision of inspiring Holiday themes and trends begins to take shape. Mid-summer the gold garland and red glitter starts to roll in.  It may be 90 degrees outside, but... Read More

Composting Guide for Colorado

With all the leaf raking going on, now may be a good time to consider building a compost pile.  Use all those dry leaves and turn them into black gold for your garden beds.  However, this process will not happen by itself.  It requires the right ingredients, blended together in the right balance for this scientific process to take place.  And it will require your... Read More

Gardening 10 Minutes a Day

Sure, gardening takes time.  But it does not have to be that daunting, overwhelming experience we perceive it to be.  All you see is neglect when you look out the window.  You’ve convinced yourself you just don’t have the time.  Then nothing happens, the cycle repeats itself, nothing happens. Don’t get trapped into thinking you have no time for developing the garden you would like. ... Read More

Apples

Old Apple House in Autumn   Seeping down from the cracks in the knotted ceiling, And lifting from the depths of the earthen floor, An oddly released and subtle scent comes stealing From the hoardings of many an autumn gone before. And now afresh the Pippins, Baldwins, and Russets Heaped high in bushel baskets add their scent To linger long in this ancient house long... Read More

Indoor Planting Projects

Now is the perfect time for indoor planting projects with the arrival of cooler temperatures.   Are you interested in creating your own indoor garden?  Have you thought about planting your own terrarium?  Or succulent garden?  Or herb garden?  Are you ready for some new houseplants to not only decorate your home but clean the air as well?  Or re-pot existing houseplants to get them ready... Read More

Fall & Winter Garden & Landscape Tips

Lawns Hand rake lawns to remove leaves and encourage air movement in roots. Top dress with uneven spots with top soil and/or peat moss. Reseed bare spots. Aerate lawn with a minimum of 2” plugs (not too dry). Leave plugs on top of lawn. Apply Fertilome Winterizer 1 lb. of high nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 sq ft. of turf. Water in well. Planting Beds Remove... Read More