Enriching Your Life

Summer Pollinator Garden Care Tips

As the heat of the summer carries on everyone seems to scatter to a local pool or vacation away from home.  Remembering that the heat of summer is also tough on our pollinators who visit our gardens daily.  We can keep them coming to feast as long as we provide clean feeders and a must, WATER! Hummingbird Feeder Care – The best choices to feed... Read More

Trimming Summer Perennials

Many of your perennial plants would benefit from a little bit of maintenance, especially at this time of year. Deadheading, shearing or cutback of certain perennials in early summer is helpful in refreshing tired foliage and encouraging rebloom of spring and early summer bloomers. You may notice that many of the plants listed appear on both lists.  Begin the season with deadheading and move over... Read More

June Flower Care

If you already have your flowers, now is the time to make plans for keeping them happy and beautiful all summer long: Establish a routine daily watering schedule.  Early in the day is best, but early evening is OK as well.  Consider investing in a professional water wand or water nozzle.  It will help make this job a little easier.  We would be lost without... Read More

A Winter Walk – Do You See What I See?

Winter in Colorado may seem dull and lack luster of any color.  The days are short and we long for the first signs of spring.  But winter has its own charm and if you look close enough you might be surprised what you see.  Grab a camera and take a stroll along the river side or greenbelt or foothills and see the beauty of winter.... Read More

Holiday Wreath Making Instructions

View Our Holiday Wreath Making Video Here: Materials: 1 – 14” Diameter 2-Ring Metal Wreath Form 1 – 24-gauge Floral Paddle Wire (16’ length) Assorted Evergreen Branches 3 – Pre-Wired Pinecones 1 – Decorative Bow Instruction Sheet (video link available on www.plantsbycreekside.com) Tools: Pair of By-Pass Pruners or Sturdy Kitchen Shears Ruler or Measuring Tape Pair of Garden Gloves Container(s) for water to keep greens... Read More

Houseplant Succulent Care

A succulent is a fleshy-leafed plant that is tolerant of drought due to the retention of extra water in the leaves or stems.  Succulent plant varieties include: Sedum Sempervivum Echeveria Aeonium Crassula Aloe Haworthia Cacti In general, the term “succulents” is used to categorize plants that have fleshy parts and a similar need for some water, bright light, and a tolerance of drought. While there... Read More

How to Overwinter Herbs

Homegrown herbs are wonderful to have on hand for culinary purposes, natural beauty recipes, and for their natural healing properties. Just because the cold season is beginning does not mean that you have to say goodbye to your herb garden.  Many herbs can overwinter outdoors if cared for properly. Some hardy herbs do well outdoors in all seasons. For these plants, you can leave them... Read More

Fall Hummingbird Migration

The arrival of hummingbirds in the spring marks a milestone for many of us. But, after the summer nesting season, where do they go? Let us have a look at the fall hummingbird migration and see what these tiny, endearing birds are up to. Hummingbirds are found in the Americas all the way from Alaska to the southern tip of South America, and the Caribbean... Read More

Best Houseplants for Low Light

Adding plants to the house is a favorite way to bring a little lift to any room. Having plants around makes everything feel lighter, brighter, and more alive. Houseplants add color and texture to a room, purify the air, and just look nice. The Biology of Low Light Indoor Plants A handful of tropical, broad-leaf plants are primed for low-light situations through basic biology: large leaves that... Read More

How Soil Makes Your Brain Happy

Soil Microbes Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain as prozac, without the negative side effects. It turns out getting in the garden and getting dirty is a natural antidepressant due to unique microbes in healthy organic soil. Working and playing in soil can make you happier and healthier. What gardeners and farmers have talked about for millennia is now... Read More