Fall 2019 Newsletter

March 1st, 2020 § Comments Off on Fall 2019 Newsletter § permalink

A spray of water fanned over low growing asters’ purple faces, creating a “lift off” of honey bees and pollinators, like a fleet of little helicopters.  The bees moved away only to return as soon as the spray moved…. happily returning to the buzzy business of gathering pollen and any nectar that may exist in the crispy dry of late summer, it is their winter survival.  The Equinox is coming soon, and the sun rises and sets through different windows of the house now.  Sun catchers send refractions of light through the interior of the house, raising the feeling of lightness and connection to the universe beyond our earthly island in space.

Traveling through the Garden of the Gods, oak trees are already turning or turned to that brassy burnt orange they do so well.  Many leaves are green with orange edges.  It is beautiful!  Seems early to me, but what do I know anymore, with all the changing of all that I know as normal?  Seems all I can do is write it down, put it to the paper.  Perhaps this chain of gardening observations, over so many years, will be useful to someone, somewhere, somehow…  This day I watch as drying winds move through the trees and cause them to dance.  They may dance all night long.  Rain has been predicted, but doesn’t look like the clouds were notified.  Just seems hot and windy.  Typical Colorado meteorology.  Typical September/October day.  The bees know and understand their tasks at hand.  They know the winter comes.

October will be here soon, bringing the Hunter’s moon – my favorite moon and the moon of my birth.  Somehow October has always been a beautiful time of year for me, even when dealing with the sadness of leaving the growing season and the flowers of summer behind.  October promises something less apparent.  

I believe October offers relief from the fast paced chore list and must-dos of the summer long.  A piece of poetry tells it well:  

“Youth is like spring, an over-praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes.  Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”-   Samuel Butler

Autumn colors and the crispy cleanness in the air need no help from written words to be beautiful.  The autumn full moon will outshine all the man made lights in this world.  Our dark skies are a precious treasure to preserve, just like the trees, the waters and the air. Peering through the doorway of the universe, into which the earth constantly spins, is a God-given right to all peoples, and to the little ones especially.  They deserve the right to see and know the skies and the vast heavens above.  I can remember lying on the warm Kansas earth in my youth looking up into the black sky.  In a circle of sleeping bags of my family members, I would watch the night sky.  The Kansas night stretches from horizon to horizon.  Black, it was, but lit by billions of stars, billions of planets, with constellations to create fantasy with.  The swath of the Milky Way would slowly cross the sky through the night.  Constellations would change positions each time I opened my eyes to gaze…  Satellites, and other unnamed flying lights, would traverse the bowl of the sky. Shooting stars would appear and disappear in a heartbeat.  Meteor showers were incredible…  Beyond words. All these nights under the stars helped form a deep love for nature and a connection to the highest power for a young and questioning heart.  The dark skies grounded me and made my questioning of “what we do” in this world strong.  The universe made sense.  Man’s world often makes no sense.

Fall asters are happily blooming in purple abundance, and are set off dramatically with humble marigolds of autumnal oranges and reds.  And the oaks, of course.  Pretty stunning, and especially so with the back lighting of ornamental grass blooms and reddening shrubbery leaves close by.  Autumnal season has already moved in and most gardeners are aware.  Trying to not water too much while still wanting to quench parched soil is a tough rub. ‘Tis a balancing act for all gardeners.  Once the plants lose their leaves and drop their pursuit of growing and blooming, their water needs will drop.  The plants can rest through fall and the winter long, as new buds will form for next spring. Spring feels far away in this moment. The plants will rest, except for the trees…  they must dance tonight!    Peace.  Blue Planet Becky the gardener 

“October is nature’s funeral month.   Nature glories in death more than in life.   The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming  – October than May.   Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.”
                                                   –   Henry Ward Beecher

Winter Watering Your Thirsty Landscape

January 26th, 2011 § Comments Off on Winter Watering Your Thirsty Landscape § permalink

Winter Watering Your Thirsty Landscape
The past year drew to a close with extreme dry conditions. We recorded only a little over 9 inches of moisture… even with that wonderfully wet May! Average norm is 17.16 inches! So we are dry as a brittle bone, crispy as an autumn leaf, chapped as a cowboy… we are DRY!

Blue Planet gardeners are popping in to winter water our clients’ landscapes when we can to keep the root zones from drying out too desperately. Dry soil actually pulls water from living roots, desiccating them and potentially killing the plant. So we work to keep the soil mulched and occasionally watered. If you see sprinklers watering the “lawn”, just know that we are watering the shade trees that have expansive root systems under the grass.

Drought can be so difficult to grasp, especially when we are so water conscious and wanting to conserve, conserve… all the while the plants need more, more water with weather like this.

To winter water, the temperature needs to be above 40 degrees, and that usually translates into a 5-hour window from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watering stops before the temperatures drop. This allows the water to percolate into the soil and prevent water girdling if it refreezes on the surface.

Certainly you can water your plants whenever you like and have time. Once a month is the normal rate of water in a normal winter, however, with this incredible dryness, we are favoring three weeks between watering. Please call us if you have any questions about winter water. In the meantime, pray for snow and lots of it!

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Pruning Your Garden Through the Seasons

January 24th, 2011 § Comments Off on Pruning Your Garden Through the Seasons § permalink

Proper pruning keeps your garden healthy

Pruning Your Garden
Pruning is an art, a science and a skill that impacts the way plants respond and grow. Understanding the science and knowing how a plant responds is important to achieving the results you desire.

Some plants never need pruning, while others may require an annual haircut. Never prune ornamental pines; instead, if possible, “candle snap” the buds. Pines have “candles” (long buds) which should be “snapped” (broken off by hand) to control growth, rather than cutting.

Some garden styles require more pruning, while most habitats rarely need pruning. Know your individual trees and shrubs to tailor your pruning to the species.

Here are some seasonal pruning tips:

Late Winter/Early Spring before the buds pop

  • Trim out unwanted low branches and crossing branches on flowering ornamental shrubs
  • Remove old canes from shrubs, except spring flowering
  • Keep tools sterilized to prevent spread of diseases
  • Rose care: cut live canes back halfway or knee-high… not too early in Spring!
  • Avoid pruning in spring while leaf buds are opening.

Late Spring/Early Summer

  • Remove old canes from spring flowering shrubs after blooming
  • Pinch new growth on flowering shrubs to encourage branching…more flowers!
  • Spring flowering shrubs, like lilacs, should be pruned after the bloom

Summer

Prune evergreens. There is less stress in the summer for them.

Remove low branches from younger shade trees

Fall/Winter

  • No more evergreen pruning
  • Prune shade trees
  • Prune fruit trees and flowering ornamentals
  • Summer and fall bloomers, like blue mist, should be pruned in late winter

Dead branches can always be removed, regardless of season.

Remember to keep your tools sharp to avoid damage to delicate bark and tissues, and clean them after each pruning to keep disease from spreading.

Blue Planet Earthscapes’ experienced gardeners know when to prune and how to prune to keep your understory trees and shrubs at their best year round.

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Our brand-new website is here!

January 15th, 2011 § Comments Off on Our brand-new website is here! § permalink

Blue Planet Earthscapes has retired ye-olde-website and has hired eDao, Inc to implement a new WordPress site. You can look forward to regular posts from your favorite editors, pictures from our&your gardens, special offers, writings on what’s new on the gardening front, videos we find inspiring, and upcoming classes and announcements!

Take a moment and browse around. Feel free to comment on our blog entries and submit your favorite writing, picture or video to info@blueplanetearthscapes.com. We are looking forward to your input!

The Blue Planet Earthscapes Team.

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