High Country Gardens on November 1st, 2013

Boo!  Halloween is always a marker of the winter to come.  Here in the high country of New Mexico, the tallest mountain peaks are starting to collect some snow and the frosts down in town become harder and more frequent.   This is also the time of year when the action in our gardens moves underground. […]

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High Country Gardens on October 11th, 2013

  The Bearded Iris are, for much of the country , a reminder of Memorial Day, as this is usually the time of peak bloom for this showy group of perennials.  I enjoy these beauties for their easy care, their tough constitution and their large, colorful flowers in a huge array of solid and bi-colored […]

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High Country Gardens on July 12th, 2013

The Four Corners region of the Southwestern US (Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico) is suffering yet another in an long string of regional droughts that have occurred in this area across the millennia. Here in my Santa Fe gardens and around town, I’m taking front seat to the effects of this multiyear drought on the […]

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High Country Gardens on September 30th, 2011

Walking through my rain revived gardens these past couple of weeks, it finally hit me what makes the fall in the garden ,its most beautiful time of year. For one, many of the plants are much larger than those that bloom in the spring. Instead of sheets of blooming bulbs, phlox, cold hardy Delosperma and […]

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David Salman on May 3rd, 2011

I was once asked, “ Shouldn’t you be doing more important things than growing plants?”  Well, that question got me thinking. And in a nut shell, here is my answer. “No, there IS nothing more important than growing plants!” Share on Facebook

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High Country Gardens on February 15th, 2011

With the recent extreme winter cold that gripped much of the Intermountain West, Texas and beyond several weeks ago, this topic is on the front burner of gardening conversation. While most of the country uses the USDA winter cold hardiness numbers as a measure of cold tolerance, this system should only be used as a […]

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High Country Gardens on April 16th, 2009

The other morning took me by surprise. I woke up sneezing. And for several days more I continued sneezing. Even my new puppy was sneezing on a hike one afternoon. I was surprised for both of us because isn’t it supposed to be winter? But it seems the juniper trees are at it again, and […]

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