Master Gardener, Author of Blessings In Bloom
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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January 15, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Hello 2021! Ring the church bells, sound the horns, clap your hands, brush last years amended soil dust off of your shoulders! It’s a New Year and there are only 131 days until planting begins. What to plant? What to order? What to divide and share? Take a deep breath of our fresh, crisp Colorado air and spend a few minutes thinking about what you would like in the garden this year.

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December 18, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

In the garden, it’s time for resting. Our chores have simplified and those glorious snowflakes are, once again, coming for a visit. Winter finds us admiring red and golden trunks and twigs. Our eyes are drawn to dried berries, shapely branches and our beloved “ever”greens.

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November 20, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Here are answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions about gardening in Colorado:

Is it true that container plants can survive outside over the winter?

As we all know, in Colorado, containerized trees, shrubs, and almost all perennials are subject to extreme cold, drying winds, and frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Extra protection and care should be provided to ensure root to crown survival.

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October 16, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Hot, mild, pickled, Pueblo, Hatch, bell, Anaheim, jalapeno, home grown. Peppers are loved by almost everyone. And if you don’t like to eat them, they can be beautifully displayed when strung and hung as ristras. Fall is the time to celebrate the pepper. We are very blessed to live in a state that farms some of the best peppers on the planet. Pueblo Chili #1! Boooo-Yah!

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September 18, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

This year, in our diocese, we lost between 10 and 20 percent of our ash trees. While that may not seem like a lot, it really is. Fluctuating temperatures are a major factor to consider while living here and trying to decide what to plant in our landscapes. Recent record-breaking lows with snow in early September can have a major impact on what survives and what will perish in the garden.

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August 21, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Whether you call them Glads, Sword Lilies, Gladiolas, Gladiolus, or just pretty, these exotic- looking stalks are showing off their spectacular flowers all around town. If you happen to spot some, consider the time and talent from the dedicated gardener. Then get your camera ready.

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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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