Master Gardener, Author of Blessings In Bloom
October 19, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Friend or foe? Wild, noxious weed or environmentally-sound perennial? Sometimes it takes a trained eye or a magnifying glass to tell the difference.

If you live in eastern El Paso County, chances are you have experienced the dreaded toadflax, although the weed is also found inside city limits. The important question is this: what should we all do to prevent it and why? 

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September 21, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Pyracantha (pronounced “Pie-ra-CAN-tha”) is the beautiful orange-fruited evergreen bush that likes to stand up and be noticed this time of year. Once you get the pronunciation squared away, you might agree this plant is a bit of a wonder. Incidentally, its common name is firethorn.
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August 17, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Pears are another gift from above. It’s no secret that everyone should eat more fruits and vegetables. Research shows that most people are not getting enough. While vegetables are more difficult to eat for some, fruit is seen as a more palatable choice.
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June 15, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Whether it is called a pollinator habitat, bee hotel, insect hotel, bug bank, bug hotel, insect condo or bug stack mansion, it has one important purpose — attracting pollinators that will remain in the garden. An extra reward is that they can be charming, artsy and add a whimsical flair to any outdoor area. 
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April 20, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ

It’s almost vegetable time! Those that have hoop gardens or greenhouses have likely been enjoying vegetables throughout these past winter months, but for gardeners who plant in an unprotected vegetable plot, preparation is in the air.


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March 17, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ

If you grow one you’re passionate about it. When it’s in full bloom, it can stop traffic! This incredible flowering plant is so beautiful to look at; it arouses such interest you might just find yourself gazing in awe in front of it. 

The word clematis (pronounced KLEM-a-tis) comes from the Greek word “klema” meaning “a vine branch.” Clematis belongs to the Ranunculaceae family, which includes peonies, anemones, and buttercups. 

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February 16, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ

The Lenten season is the liturgical color of purple. The priest’s vestments, altar linens, and decorations throughout our beautiful churches are all embellished with purple.

In Christianity, purple symbolizes fasting, faith, patience, pain, suffering, mourning, and of course, penance. In Jesus’ time, purple was the color of royalty and nobility.

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January 19, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
It’s a brand new year and time for brand new seeds. Before you know it, Spring will be here and God will shed his blessings upon the land. While it is too early to plant anything outside, it’s the ideal time to start choosing the perfect seeds for your 2018 crop.
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December 15, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Deck the halls with boughs of holly! It’s Christmas time, and holly is a recognized symbol of the season. Its stiff, spiny, glossy deep green leaves and bright red berrylike fruit are used to decorate our homes, tables and landscapes. Its beauty has withstood the test of time and reminds us that Christmas will soon be here.
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November 17, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Tis the season for cranberries! These marble-sized, tart, tasty red berries pack a powerful blessing with their antioxidant punch. They are showing up fresh in our diocese at local supermarkets and should be available through the month of December.
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October 20, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Fall is here with snaps of winter freeze. Extending a burst of color in the garden can be easy with the help of Chrysanthemums. Called “mums” for short they are popular perennials and can be found outside (and inside) brightening up almost every building in our diocese. They offer an intense display of color at the end of the season and if properly cared for can provide years of enjoyment.     
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September 16, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
This time of year, home gardeners are enjoying their divine sun-ripened tomatoes. The taste of home-grown tomatoes is far superior to the winter store-bought ones. People almost cringe when summer ends and their tended tomato vines have shriveled up and show no sign of the former brightly-colored, juicy gems. Walking into the grocery store in the middle of December looking for a fresh tomato almost causes one to stop and lament the heavenly flavor from the not-so-long-ago backyard harvest.
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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”. 
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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.
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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.
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