Master Gardener, Author of Blessings In Bloom
June 19, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

This seems to be a terrific year for the Sumac. They are green, healthy and extremely pleasing to the eye. The three main types of sumac are smooth, staghorn and fragrant.

The smooth sumac is considered a native shrub/tree in our diocese and is well adapted to our fussy Colorado climate, soils and environmental conditions. Sumacs are especially useful for windbreaks, stabilizing embankments, naturalizing wild areas and forming thickets.

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May 15, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Water should be in the top three of our most treasured blessings. We need it to survive. So many different elements of our lives depend on water. It is important to conserve it, use it wisely and thank God every day for it.

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April 17, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

What are we Catholics to do? No Mass, no socializing, no Sunday visits. God has certainly given us hope and with hope anything is possible. With hope comes spring and with spring comes plenty to keep us busy in the garden. For those of us who have a yard to tend to, now is a great time to start. For those who don’t have a yard but want to grow plants in containers, now is the time for preparation. All of us who share in being inside our homes and have houseplants, now is the time to help them grow.

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March 20, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Springtime is close at hand and along with spring comes those dreadful yellowjackets. These yellow- and black-banded insects win first prize, by far, for the top “stinging” pest in Colorado. By understanding them a bit more it may help us to avoid these troublesome wasps and enjoy a sting-free season.

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February 21, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

This winter has certainly brought us swinging temperatures. Snowing one day and in the sixties the next. Freezing temps for four days, two days of blissfully warm sunshine (no jacket needed), then more snow! Green grass peeking through on one side of the yard, and on the opposite side is frozen solid ground with a thin layer of ice. How does this effect our landscapes? Will they survive? What’s a gardener to do? Is there a prayer for that?

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January 17, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

The year 2020 is here! Think green, recycle, reuse, eat clean, conserve water, grow organic, to bee or not to bee — all are worth pondering as we enter our new decade. Another way to be good stewards of the earth is composting. Consider these benefits:

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December 20, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Christmastime is finally here — the time of year we celebrate the birth of Christ. “Joy to the world the Lord is come. Let Earth receive her king!” The beautiful poinsettia is a Christmas plant that is rich in tradition, easy to care for and brightens up any room with holiday spirit.

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November 15, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Winter does not officially begin until Dec. 21 (ending on March 19, 2020), but most Coloradoans have already experienced a hard freeze and a pretty good snow or two. Here are a few tips to help keep landscapes in good shape over the next wintery, topsy-turvy temperature months.

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October 18, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

It’s the beginning of the holiday season — Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas — and then a brand New Year. Whether we love it or tread lightly through these next few months they are here and it’s the perfect time for us to stop and give thanks for our many blessings.

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September 20, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

If you attended a county or state fair this summer, chances are the blue-ribbon winner in the horticulture competition was a dahlia. These flowers are so intricate and stunning, there must be infinite fields of them growing blissfully in heaven.

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August 16, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Liatris is an exceptional perennial for Colorado in that it is both tough and beautiful. Its tall, slender flower stalks are eye-catching and seem to remind us to “Stand up straight and walk with God!”

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June 21, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

What a funny name for a flower, you say? On the contrary, this perennial favorite is no laughing matter. It performs well, isn’t finicky, has long lasting blooms, and looks gorgeous in the garden. Jupiter’s Beard will bring an appreciative smile to all who view its charm.

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May 17, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

The Diocese of Colorado Springs serves ten counties in the center of Colorado including a total of 39 parishes that covers an estimated area of over 15,000 square miles across central Colorado. That’s a lot of marigolds! Our church furthest west is Holy Family in Leadville, and our church furthest east is St. Catherine of Siena located in Burlington (17 miles from the Kansas border).

Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for years, here are a few recommendations to get your garden growing in the right direction:

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April 19, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
It’s the beginning of hail season! Boy, oh boy, has Colorado had its share over the past few years. There are a few measures that can be taken to protect your flowers and vegetables, but when we have hailstorms that are shattering windshields, breaking skylights, house siding and practically everything outside the only thing to do is pray, pray, pray.
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March 15, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
The United States Department of Agriculture replaced the food pyramid with MyPlate in 2011. MyPlate is part of a larger communication initiative based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help us make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully. It illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual — a place setting. Each plate should be half-filled with vegetables and fruits. Based on age, sex, weight and physical activity, there is a MyPlate Plan link that can help guide us with regards to the recommended amounts of vegetables we should be consuming weekly.
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