Some Plants for All Seasons

January 15, 2014 | John Murgel
Spells of fairly warm winter weather are a hallmark of Colorado’s Front Range, providing us lucky residents a great chance to spend some time outdoors when our more easterly neighbors remain oppressed by grey cold. Conifers are great for some winter greenery both in the wild and in gardens, but don...Learn more
Evergreens You Might Not Notice

Evergreens You Might Not Notice

February 8, 2012 | John Murgel
Plants, like most organisms, must overcome a number of challenges before they reach maturity. Seeds are heavily preyed upon by insects, birds and mammals, and new seedlings face stiff competition from one another for light, water and nutrients. Germinating in the fall or early winter when many...Learn more
Seed Dormancy:  Botanical "Hibernation"

Seed Dormancy: Botanical "Hibernation"

January 10, 2012 | John Murgel
While taking advantage of the warm daytime temperatures in recent weeks to get some pruning in, I was hailed from the pathway nearby. "Do you ever worry about seeds coming up early during warm spells like this?" In a word, "no." But why not? The seeds of most temperate plants have evolved a variety...Learn more
My Week: January 7th

My Week: January 7th

January 7, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
For Jackie, the first week of the year means making a pruning plan for tackling some of the trees in her gardens. Winter is a great time to prune, since trees are dormant and their structure is not hidden behind leaves. She is also doing some deep watering, as the weather permits, since we have had...Learn more