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Inspiring budding flower gardeners to grow beautiful flowers (that live longer and thrive — yesss!) in Colorado, Utah & the intermountain west

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“How Can You Tell If a Perennial Is ‘Marginally Hardy?'”

“How Can You Tell If a Perennial Is ‘Marginally Hardy?'”

It was a winter week to make a gardener shudder. In February 2021, an arctic blast covered the western United States like a frosty ice pack from the kitchen freezer. Where I live in Colorado, the high temperature for several days was a not-so-balmy zero degrees. The...

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia): An Easy-to-Grow Flower for Late Summer

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia): An Easy-to-Grow Flower for Late Summer

Looking for an easy-to-grow flower that gives you big, pretty color in the late summer? I'd like to introduce you to Black-Eyed Susan (officially, Rudbeckia — Rude-bek-ee-uh). It also goes by the name: Gloriosa Daisy. There are MANY reasons to love this flower. In...

VIDEO: Japanese Beetles In Colorado & How to Control Them

VIDEO: Japanese Beetles In Colorado & How to Control Them

What the heck is turning your plants into lace-y skeletons? If it's late June, July or August in the Front Range of Colorado, Japanese beetles may be to blame. "What do Japanese beetles look like?" you may be wondering. Japanese beetles are metallic green insects with...

“My Flowers Look Sick. What Do I Do??”

“My Flowers Look Sick. What Do I Do??”

There is no perfect gardener, no matter what your neighbor up the street with the pristine landscape wants you to think. So, if you have a flower that looks sick, is struggling or is dying, take heart. It happens to everyone. (Yes, even to your neighbor. Though, she...

How to Sterilize Your Flowerpots

How to Sterilize Your Flowerpots

Here are the key items you need to sterilize your flowerpots: Here's how to sterilize your flowerpots: Wear clothes for cleaning. For example, put on rubber gloves. You also may want to put on old clothes. Place your pots in a sink or tub (if you can). Wash your pots...

“Where Can I Learn About Waterwise Flower Gardening?”

“Where Can I Learn About Waterwise Flower Gardening?”

If you've been wondering, "Where can I learn about waterwise flower gardening?", you're in the right place. It's dry in the West, which means we need to be strategic about the flowers we grow in our gardens. Where I live in Colorado, we're lucky if we get 14" of...

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