Master Gardener, Author of Blessings In Bloom
June 16, 2017 | By KERRY PEETZ
Zucchini squash is the crown jewel of the summer. It grows beautifully in most parts of our diocese and is an extremely versatile food. Archeologists have unearthed traces of this vegetable dating back to 5,500 B.C. in Mexico. Squash was part of their ancient fundamental diet that included maize, beans and squashes. Today this trio is still the backbone of Mexican cuisine known as the “three sisters”.
May 18, 2017 | By KERRY PEETZ
This heavenly plant originated in Asia and the Pacific Islands. Its beauty makes it is easy to understand why it’s Hawaii’s state flower. There are thousands of combinations of colors, and some flowers measure from 2” to a whopping 12” in diameter. The hibiscus is a member of the mallow family, which encompasses nearly 300 species including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.
April 21, 2017 | By KERRY PEETZ
Native to Japan, China, and Korea, hostas were imported first to Europe and later arrived in America in the mid-1800s. There are hundreds of species and thousands of cultivars from which to choose. Hostas are a reliable and hardy perennial with countless combinations of leaf color, shape and texture and are made for the shade.
March 17, 2017 | By KERRY PEETZ
During this blessed month of March, we participate in our traditional Lenten rituals. We keep our Lenten promises and contemplate good and evil. We ask ourselves, how can we be better neighbors, help others and help ourselves to grow closer to God? Is it a coincidence that, when Easter finally arrives, there is new growth, budding branches, green grass and new plant life emerging from the earth?
February 17, 2017 |
The month of March is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to plan and choose which plants will make the list to add to the landscape this year. Monarda is a versatile herbaceous perennial that should be considered for a spot in the top ten.
January 20, 2017 | By KERRY PEETZ
The aftermath of the wind storm leaves many homeowners living in the Diocese of Colorado Springs asking, “Can these trees be saved?” The wind left trees broken, torn, gouged, stripped and shredded. At first glance it may look hopeless but unless the tree has been completely uprooted: patience and proper care is critical.