Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let's get real! Some resolutions we can actually KEEP!

Garden Resolutions for 2014: resolutions we know we can keep!

Agave havardiana
Plant more agaves. a lot more! In face obtain and grow a lot more succulents of all kinds! (and grasses too come to think of it...)

Daphne cneorum 'Eximia'

Plant more daphnes! It's a well known fact you cannot have enough in the way of daphnes: just as Apollo...

Agapanthus campanulatus
Plant some more agapanthus!

Salvia caespitosa
And plant a LOT more salvias of all kinds!

Golden Deodar Cedar at DBG
Plant a lot more conifers (and trees of all kinds!)...and dwarf conifers...

Stop and sniff the flowers!

Barnett Garden in Pueblo

Visit a lot more gardens (especially your friends!)

Ft. Collins Nursery Wholesale propagation greenhouse

Support local garden centers and greenhouse operations..........and mail order too!

Sedum ternatum

Don't disdain the common! Sedums have their place...

Cheryl Vestal at Paulino's Garden Center

Propagate lots of plants from cuttings and seeds (nurseries do it!)

Plant a garden with some kids!

Gardening is taught by example: be one to some kids (you never know what seed will be planted)

Crevice garden at DBG

Build, plant and marvel at a crevice garden: the hottest new kind of garden on earth!

David and Donna Hale and Bill Adams on West Spanish Peak

Escape into the hills as much as you can--with friends.

Go to exotic places and seek out rare plant nurseries (like Buck Hemenway's wonderful nursery in Riverside) and bring back lots of goodies!

The list can go on and on--you get the drift...

Happy New Year!!!


  1. Is that really a Decade Cedar at DBG? I had one in New Orleans to remind me of my beloved Colorado Blue Spruce. Now I need one here to remind me of New Orleans!

  2. We have several deodar cedars at Denver Botanic Gardens--two blue ones in Plantasia, and this golden one (which may have been sacrificed in recent construction--I must check. They tip burn in bad winters, but have survived so far (this winter may be a real test!)...Cedars of Lebanon and Atlas blue cedars are more reliable and just as gorgeous! They are commonly sold by the better garden centers in spring (best planted in May so they can establish well before Fall)

  3. Now that is one FINE list ... so much is so doable.
    But wait, what about this: plant more agapanthus??? Granted, I often refer to myself as someone needing to get out more - or one who lives in a cave these days - but truly, I did not know there was a "hardy" agapanthus! I do know that if you've got pictures of them growing in Denver then I can certainly grow them here in my Zone 7B garden. Crikey, Mr. Panayoti, you've opened my eyes AGAIN ;>] p.s. I happen to love them due to my previous life as a California girl.

    1. Agapanthus campanulatus is very hardy, and so are the 'Headbourne Hybrids': we've had both for many decades, and they bloom all of July...we get them from Bluebird nursery. I believe you can grow many more kinds in Puget Sound...

  4. I can only agree with all of those, top of my list are the succulents, alpines and crevice garden.

  5. Yes, be your own nursery! It's amazing what you learn -- especially with seedling identification. And more pasque flowers... Kelly should be sniffing the pasque flowers!


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