KERRY PEETZ

Master Gardener, Author of Blessings In Bloom
May 20, 2022  |  By KERRY PEETZ

It’s time to pray for rain. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, according to a recent report from the U.S. Drought Monitor. are getting drier by the day. As of April 26, 2022, 45.4% of the U.S. and 54.2% of the lower 48 states are in drought.


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April 15, 2022  |  By KERRY PEETZ

t’s that time of year, Easter is finally here! A fresh sense of hope, renewal and springtime is in the air. It is a holy time for Christians as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise that he will come again. Our churches are filled with prayers, priests, parishioners and the perfumed scent of the Easter lily.


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March 18, 2022  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Traditionally, March is our snowiest month, and the weather can certainly be temperamental.

Snow, wind, rain and hail — anything is possible in our diocese. By the grace of God, we also have some gloriously sunny, warm days mixed in to help us transition into spring and to remind us of promise of summer. 


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February 18, 2022  |  By KERRY PEETZ

During the next couple of months while we are all stuck inside looking at seed catalogs, we might want to take a long, hard look at native plants. There are many benefits to using Colorado native plants for home and business landscapes. They are naturally adapted to Colorado’s climates, soils and environmental conditions. When choosing native plants gardeners can work with natural elements, rather than trying to grow plants that are not suited to our diocese’s local conditions and may be finicky and require a lot of extra care.


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February 4, 2022  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Windy Wednesday” — Dec. 15, 2021 — won’t be a day that we Coloradoans will soon forget. The day was surreal with fences collapsing, trampolines soaring, semi-trucks toppling, buildings damaged or destroyed and then there were the trees! Our trees seemed to be yanked up from the ground then crashed down crushing everything beneath their weight. Many trees snapped in half like pretzel sticks others miraculously landing perfectly on the ground completely missing the nearby parked car. Some not so lucky.


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December 17, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

The Colorado blue spruce is not only our state tree but one of the most attractive evergreens found in our diocese. The blue spruce — along with the Fraser fir, balsam fir, white pine, scotch pine and white spruce — all make fine, fresh Christmas trees. Tis the season for trees and boughs and a bright star to help us find the way.


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November 19, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

November is a month that might be viewed as a break from mowing, clipping and digging. Don’t be fooled — there is lots to be done and following these tips just might make the difference between your trees and plants surviving or succumbing to our potentially cold Colorado winters. 


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October 15, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Our garden perennials have been chosen. They were cared for, carefully planted, watered and fed. We have enjoyed their wonderment and colors throughout this season, but alas’ the inevitable “s”- word (S-N-O-W) is on the way. How exciting! Taking a few steps to help protect our valuable greenery investments may provide years of continued life to come.


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September 17, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

This time of year, the four o’clock is blooming and cheering up gardens all through our diocese. These marvelous flowers are considered old-fashioned and are sometimes overlooked as plantings but don’t count them out. They are definitely worthy of a spot in the garden.


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August 20, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Daisies are such cheerful flowers. They exude summertime, warm weather, sunshine and friendships. There are so many different varieties, colors, shapes and sizes to choose from. Let’s explore daisies that are proven winners and grow well in our diocese:


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June 18, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

This is Part Two of a two-part series covering common flowering shrubs in our diocese and their pruning needs. The first installment, which appeared in the May 21 issue of the Herald, focused on spring flowering shrubs. This installment focuses on summer flowering shrubs, including flowers that grow on older wood.


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May 21, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Let the pruning season begin! This is Part One of a two-part series covering common flowering shrubs in our diocese and their pruning needs. Part One covers spring flowering shrubs and Part Two will cover summer flowering shrubs, including flowers that grow on older wood.


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April 16, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Tulips and springtime go hand-in-hand. Poems have been written, movies have been made and gardens have been built around them. Their beauty and wonder captivate us as we skip into spring. 


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March 19, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

We are getting glimpses of green grass and tips of tulip leaves pushing up through the ground getting ready for the next season of beauty. Before we know it trees and roses will be budding; waking up from their winter dormancy. All of us busily preparing for Easter, springtime and warmer temperatures.


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February 19, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

March brings the first day of spring and the start of new beginnings. Hope, blessings and good health are waiting for us here. What a blessed month. Our beloved Saint Patrick and the color of green are close at hand!


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