Entries by Mick Bird

Coming Soon: Grand Finale of Color

Coming Soon: Grand Finale of Color by Sandy Swegel Quit tidying up. There’s something you seldom hear. Sanitation in the garden is important year-round, but September is special in that we are slowly building up to the grand finale of Fall Color that changing leaf color brings. You can help make that more spectacular in your garden. Leave […]

2 Easy Ways to Have More Flowers Next Year

2 Easy Ways to Have More Flowers Next Year! by Sandy Swegel Your task this week is to go stand in the part of your garden that has wildflower-y plants.  You’ll notice two things. The first thing is that there are lots of spent flowers and seed heads that need to be deadheaded. Everything from rudbeckia […]

What’s Wrong with this Leaf?

What’s Wrong with this Leaf by Sandy Swegel What do you do when one of your plants suddenly starts looking like it’s sick.  I mentally go through a list of things I’ve seen before. Is it powdery mildew? Is that grasshopper damage?  If the plant is next door to a yard that doesn’t have a […]

More Wildflowers

More Wildflowers by Sandy Swegel The fields and meadows of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado are awash in wildflowers this year.  Lots of moisture in the Fall and Spring has turned our mountains into riots of color that started early and keeps going and going.  We, gardeners, keep playing hooky from our weeding tasks to hike along mountain meadows […]

Morning Garden Meditation

by Sandy Swegel Yesterday afternoon the musical ditty stuck in my head was a new rendition of “Grandma got run over by a Reindeer.”  The music was the same but the lyrics were “I got dive bombed by a Hummingbird.”  I was minding my own business weeding a lovely rock garden bed of yellow columbine and […]