Monthly Archives: June 2019

Flowers aren’t just for gardens anymore. These days, they’re regularly found on the menu.

Barolo Grill’s castelmagno cheesecake combines lavender honey and hazelnuts. Photo: The Denver Post (Spencer Barnes, Barolo Grill)

Balance your garden with elemental textures. 
For this article published in The Denver Post, I wrote about edible flowers.Try adding these blossoms to your diet:
• Chives
• Zucchini
• Dianthus
• Violets
• Nasturtiums
• Lavender
• Roses
Craving flowers in your diet? Read my article here
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Looking for visual relief in your garden? Try ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses help add structure to your garden. Photo: The Denver Post (Designscapes Colorado) 

Ornamental grasses are both elegant and versatile. 

For this article published in The Denver Post, I wrote about the gardening trend of ornamental grasses. Ornamental grasses fare well in dry climates, making them well-suited for Colorado gardens. Some favorite ornamental grasses include:

• “Karl Foerster” feather reed grass.
• maiden grass
• blue avena grass
• blue oat grass

To read more about ornamental grasses, follow this link.

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Learn why your plants are dying

Pots can be helpful to create the optimal growing condition for plants. Photo: Colleen Smith 

Are your plants not thriving at altitude? Don’t give up! 
For this article published in The Denver Post, I interviewed Cheri Stringer, CEO of TLC Gardens. Stringer had several tips on keeping plants healthy such as transplanting failing plants and monitoring companion plants.
To read about keeping your garden healthy, follow this link
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How to incorporate the elements into your garden to improve your zen

Add zen to your garden with a gate. This gate combines wood, metal, and flora. Photo: The Denver Post (Colleen Smith) 

Balance your garden with elemental textures. 
For this article published in The Denver Post, I wrote about adding zen to your garden. The most important aspect is to balance the elements of wind, fire, earth, sea, and sky.  This can be done through:
• Garden gates
• Outdoor fires
• Fountains, birdbaths, and ponds
• Creating structure
Get inspired to add zen to your garden by reading my article here.
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9 tips for growing tulips in the spring as recommended by the Denver Botanic Garden


The Denver Botanic Gardens suggests grouping flower types together. Photo: The Denver Post (Carol Russell)

Denver’s own Dutch garden
For this article published in The Denver Post, I interviewed the Denver Botanic Gardens. They recommended the following tips on growing spring-flowering bulbs:
• Choose the best bulbs
• Opt for mid-or late-season tulips
• Amend soil
• Bone up on bone meal
• Do not overwater bulbs
• Spring-flowing bulbs weather winter
• Deadhead flowers, but let leaves fade
• Squirrels like bulbs, too
• Try, try again
Interested in planting bulbs in your garden? Read my article here
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The right garden gate can make the perfect opening and closing statements. But which one is best for you?

A custom Cedar gate at a Denver home. Photo: The Denver Post (Tree Frog Working.com)

Making statements with Garden Gates 
For this article published in The Denver Post, I wrote an article about the splendors of garden gates including:
• Antique gates
• Wooden gates
• Metal gates

To read about how garden gates can add character and hominess to your garden, read my article at this link.

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#ColoradoGardening #Gardening #GardenGates #ByColleenSmith

 

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What you need to know if you want to grow strawberries in Colorado


Strawberries grow well in Colorado. Photo: The Denver Post (Pat Wellenbach, Associated Press).

Craving fresh strawberries? Growing your own isn’t hard. 
For this article published in The Denver Post, I wrote a guide on growing strawberries in Colorado including:
• What strawberries to buy
• Light
• Soil
• Harvesting
• Growth
• Disease
• Water
• Buddy Plants
• Strawberry farms
To learn how to grow ripe, delicious strawberries in Colorado, read my article at this link.
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