Tag: garden

dog's nose

My Week in Pictures

I had to take Sugar, our Goffin’s Cockatoo, to the avian veterinarian across the city because he was breathing hard and making funny noises with each breath. When we stepped out of the car, storm clouds were rolling in. We never felt the hail or rain, as it […]

chive blossom

Garden of Hope

Russell Sprout was our gardener, and I put in a garden for many years just for him. He loved visiting the plants, encouraging and admiring them. He took credit for all our successes as we harvested grapes, tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers. He spent a lot of time in […]

grapes

Foundation for Life #WATWB

Food deserts abound, even in a moderately-sized city like Denver. According to the USDA, “Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ […]

dandelion fluff

Weeding the Garden

It’s sorta-spring in the Rockies. That means we have both rain and snow. There are bright, warm days and snowy mucky days. Maybe it is finally spring, since we are supposed to be past our first frost-free day, and it’s tornado season already. Our fruit trees bloom, and […]

bee, oregano blossom

Bee Aware

We’ve all heard about the endangerment of the bee population, primarily due to an often-used herbicide. It’s tragic and could have quite an impact on the environment and our food supply if not reversed somehow. So I’m always thrilled to see bees thriving in today’s environment. When a […]

orange and white cat lays on a table

Russell Sprout has a Message

He invites me with a wiggle of his hips and the come-hither look in his eyes. As I near him, he stops and gives a sharp sound of delight. “Welcome to my garden,” he says, “thank you for tending it for me.” Russell Sprout was born feral and […]

snow, maple leaves

Turn, Turn, Turn

The seasons are changing. Bye-bye heat wave; hello cool weather and changing leaves. We had our first snow a couple of days ago and a hard freeze for two nights. Last year, I was out-of-town when this happened. I left with a beautiful, vibrant garden (see “Work in […]

pear

Work in Progress

It’s hard to escape the fact that summer is in full-force. It’s hot everywhere, from what I can tell. I’ve heard that many gardens this year are really suffering, due to the drought here, but my back-yard garden is doing well. It’s shaded from all-day frying by the […]

spiral petroglyph, rock carving, V-V ranch, Arizona

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Last year, I planted my first garden in many, many years. I let it grow a little wild, to see how it would develop with minimal intervention. I enjoyed it, but we had more foliage than vegetables, so I know I need to add something different to the […]