And Now, October

As we close in on the middle of the month, much has transpired in this 10th month of the year!  We saw our first frost which was quickly followed by the first freeze and snowfall of the season. Is fall really settling down or did it just get geared up? Here’s a nostalgic look into the waning season;   When wheat fields turn to burnished... Read More

Creek Side Community Events & Workshops

The weather for Pumpkin Fest, this first full weekend in October looks beautiful this year!  The Creek Side Courtyard will fill with families enjoying the free games, pony rides, hayrides, hot dogs and of course all the bright colorful hues of the Fall Season, including a mountain of pumpkins.  Lots of great photo opportunities to be created and captured. At Creek Side Gardens we believe... Read More

Get Ready for Frost & Planting Bulbs

Average fall frost date for Colorado is Oct. 10.  Looks like Mother Nature may be a day early this year, but like the fall weather, right on schedule. Last week we discussed bringing in cold temperature sensitive plants.  Better get them in this weekend.  More Info Here.  Flowering pots and hanging baskets could be moved into the garage for a few nights.  If you have... Read More

‘Twas The Night Before….

‘Twas the night before the First Average Frost, when all through the house All the creatures were stirring, even the mice, and the voles, and the spiders, and the… The tools were not hung in the shed with care, Someone was hoping for time to prepare; My family was all snug in their beds; While visions of no yardwork or gardening danced in their heads;... Read More

Who Flipped the Switch?

Right on cue, ole Mother Nature flipped the switch from summer to fall.  And you know what follows that…!?  In the meantime, we will enjoy this beautiful fall weather, which is a favorite time of the year for so many people. The air is crisp, the colors on display are changing daily and it is exciting to react to what each day brings.  Whether it... Read More

Can You Say, Senescence?

Senescence can be traced back to Latin senex, meaning “old.” There’s also the much rarer senectitude, which, like senescence, refers to the state of being old (specifically, to the final stage of the normal life span). This event happens every year – senescence –  to the deciduous trees in Colorado, including the beautiful stands of Aspen at higher altitudes. The leaves have grown “old,” and... Read More

Holly’s Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup

Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup 1 ½ sticks of butter 3-4 tbsp flour 1 package of frozen “soup” veggies (onions, carrots, celery) 3-4 potatoes (peeled & cubed) 3 cups chicken broth 4 cups water 2 cups cheddar cheese (mild or sharp) I use sharp 1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese. ½ block Velvetta cheese – cut into cubes 1 bottle of beer (depending on your taste... Read More

Fall Planting Guide

What to consider when planting a Tree, Shrub, Rose, or Perennial – Planning Purchasing Preparation (of area) Planting     Materials to have on hand for planting a Tree, Shrub, Rose or Perennial – Ferti-Lome Root Stimulator Nature’s Yield Compost Organic Mulch Hand Trowel Spade/Shovel Garden Fork Garden Hose/Watering Can Tape Measure Plan: Measure the bed area, the amount of sunlight the area gets and... Read More

Adieu, Adios, Sayonara and Goodbye Summer?

Looking forward in the calendar, Summer doesn’t really end until Autumn begins on September 25th.  So, why is Labor Day considered the “end of summer?” It could be a throwback to our agrarian society, a reason for the retail industry to hold another sale, end of summer break and beginning of a new school year…?   Actually, the U.S. Department of Labor initiated the first... Read More

Fall Annual and Perennial Flowers

Although summer annuals are winding down, fall annuals are beginning to take center stage.  If you are interested in a pop of fresh color on your porch or patio, nothing can beat pansies right now for their bright, cheerful, smiley face flowers!  Even though the days are warm, Pansies love the cool nights we are beginning to experience.  And it won’t be long the days... Read More