Twelve Months of Nature in the Gardens

Come take a pictorial stroll with me through the last 12 months of nature gardening in 2009.  Lots of flower shots would be easy, but these images convey where and how I garden so much better.

The first visitors of the gardens in the new year.

Needing something to do in February, so why not start early!

Simple beauty of the late winter

This is why I don't plant until late May

My favorite yearly transplants return - May 10th this year

Finally getting nice and green, at the end of June

Ok, so I threw in some flowers, since they were so pretty

More feathery friends

The garden snakes leave presents like this each year in September

These Agastaches didn't get to bloom long this year before the snows came

Hard to believe there was only 1 week of fall

November pots will stay this way till spring

Winter has left its quiet blanket of cover

As we end this year, and this decade, please take time to be thankful for the things that you have:  your families, friends and food; your home, health, and happiness; your minds, money and mysteries of nature; your plants, planet and pursuit of a better life; and your sun, souls and spirits.  Wishing you all the best in the New Year and new decade.  Kathy


  1. All the white stuff on your garden makes it look as if you could be from where I garden, Alaska. Except we have no snakes here. Hummingbirds are pretty rare too. The last one I saw in my garden was in 2007.

    Happy New Year,


  2. Lovely pictures from your part of the world. I enjoyed them as it is totally different from the sub-tropics where we live and garden. I love your 'sugar-coated' 19th picture and your garden paths in among your beauties are wonderful.

    Have a great 2010 ~ FlowerLady

  3. You have traded in the flower spider for snowcapped mountains. Lovely new header!

  4. Christine, thanks for visiting. Colorado is much like Alaska I think!

    FlowerLady, I wish I had some sub-tropics to visit here once in a while.

    Diana, since the crab spiders are now hiberating, I thought the winter scene would be better. The flower spider will return again!


  5. The snow, the hummingbird, the flagstone garden path....there is so much beauty in your garden. I look forward to seeing more this year.

  6. I love your looks very natural. My favorites are the 8th,9th & 12th from the top. I recognize many of the plants, but not all. Do you have any Penstemons (one of my favorites)? What are the plants in these photos? Thank you for sharing.

  7. I have enjoyed strolling around your lovely gardens Kathy. I especially love the photo of your flowers with the grass lit up and your stunning walkways. Your deer are so different from ours here. Hope they are kind to you! I can imagine all your start ups growing inside just now. Here is to a great gardening year! Carol

  8. Hmm, I could have sworn I left you a comment about this post a few days ago! Anyhow, I'm sure I wanted to say how wonderful your place looks, snow or sun. Plus I love how you have so much wildlife around. Happy new year!

  9. I do love browsing through your blog Kathy!
    Your nature is so different to ours and the only snow we see is on top of the mountain. You're so lucky also to have hummingbirds in your garden. I brought back a hummingbird feeder from Canada one year but all I could feed were ants who found it. Then I discovered there are no hummingbirds here. lol. Thanks too for you visit. regards, Sharon.

  10. I just got my grow shelves with the shop lights! Do you like the tiny, tiny individual trays, like the ones on your lower shelf?

  11. Thanks everyone for the great comments and feedback. For those of you who have questions, here are some answers:

    Flower of the Desert - yes, I have lots of different Penstemons, they are great for the pollinators, including bees, hummingbirds, flies, and hawk moths. I try several new types each year to see what survives and how much water they need. We also have some native penstemons that grow in the rocks and the ungardened areas. Some of the plants above include (from the top) iris reticulata, many types of groundcovers, herbs, bleeding hearts, lilies, lavender, feverfew, daylilies, agastache, yarrows, and lots of ornamental grasses.

    Carol, my walkways are all hand designed and built by myself with the help of my family. Most are permeable to allow the natural rainwater to be used by the plants. One side was done with a wet in place mix of concrete and sand.

    Canarybird, we gets lots of hummingbirds here in the summer, before they migrate back to warmer climates. They are one of our great pollinators as well as wonderful acrobats.

    Laura, I personally like the trays on the second shelf the best for seedlings - they are round and deeper than the ones on the bottom. I get them from Jung's Seeds in Wisconsin, as well as lots of other seed starting trays. They are a great company and have been in business more than 100 years.



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