Fun Facts About Honeybees

Honeybees have been in existence for over 30 million years. Honeybees are the only insect that produces food eaten by humans. Honeybees are the only creatures that do not have to kill or maim to live. Eight (8) fl oz of honey takes 570 honeybees, visiting 1,000,000 flowers! Each honeybee produces 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime It requires eight pounds of nectar to... Read More

How Do You Say…Father?

Fathers are unique.  This certainly was a sentiment true for Sonora Louise Smart (Dodd) of Spokane, Washington in 1909.  She witnessed the love and devotion of her father William, a Civil War Veteran raise a newborn and his five other children after the death of his wife.  At the age 27, Sonora was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon and pondered why there wasn’t a... Read More

Weed Control

Weed/wed/ noun a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants. A plant out of place. The hard work of plant selection and planting for the season is finished.  The lawn is growing.  Perennial flower beds are filling in.  Vegetable gardens are just beginning to grow.  And what happens?  The weeds begin to grow as well.  Now is the... Read More

Creek Side Plants Galore!

Finally, the snow has ended (really?), and summer is upon us.  And the Creek Side Courtyard of Annual flowers and the Backyard of Perennial flowers, shrubs and trees and the Frontyard of Roses looks like summer!  Beautiful, colorful flowers and soothing greens all around.  Just imagine what your patio will look like? Our Annual Hanging Baskets love the warm temperatures and long days and show... Read More

Arboreal Architecture

There is an ‘inner-child’ fascination with secret hide-outs, building blanket forts, and climbing into the canopy of a tree.  All of these transport us into another space and time.  As the summer months begin with long days stretching out ahead, we look for activities to intrigue and entertain. A good place to start is to read Johann David Wyss’ book, Swiss Family Robinson to spark... Read More

graduation

noun  grad·u·a·tion \ˌgra-jə-ˈwā-shən\ “Is this the little girl [we] carried? Is this the little boy at play? [We] don’t remember growing older When did they? When did she get to be a beauty? When did he get to be so tall? Wasn’t it yesterday When they were small? ~Sunrise, sunset~ Swiftly flow the days. Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers, Blossoming even as we gaze. Swiftly... Read More

My Mother’s Garden

My Mother kept a garden, A garden of the heart; She planted all the good things That gave my life its start. She turned me to the sunshine And encouraged me to dream. . . Fostering and nurturing The seeds of self-esteem. And when the winds and rains came, She protected me enough. . . But not too much ~ she knew I’d need To... Read More

O Spring, O Spring, Wherefore Art Thou Spring?

Spring, an elusive season in Colorado…  March 20th, 2017 ~ First Day of Spring in Denver was “refreshingly cool” with a high of 75℉ , but wait ~ April 29th “heavy snow” with a high of 30℉! To top it all off, a Frost Advisory for the metro area May 3rd. What’s a gardener to do? Throw in the trowel, perhaps. Let’s look at the... Read More

Rocky Mountain Springtime

Another typical springtime along the front range of the Colorado Rockies.  Cold, wind and snow just about the time we would like to see some nice weather.  It is certainly not unusual, or totally unexpected.  But since Mother Nature has been teasing us since February with 70 degree temperatures, it does get a little dis-heartening for us anxious gardeners. The fact of the matter is... Read More

Organic Vegetable Gardening

When we think of eating healthy, what may come to mind, is the thought of eating organic produce or fresh home-grown organically grown vegetables.  Mainly because we may prefer to know where our food comes from and that it has not been sprayed with chemicals.   But this notion of organic gardening does not fully encompass the full scope of what organic vegetable gardening truly means.... Read More