gardening

Sand cherry, our earliest-blooming native shrub, along the creek that borders my formerly industrial lot. Sand cherry, our earliest-blooming native shrub, along the creek that borders my formerly industrial lot.
Golden currant (Ribes auereum), a native shrub that blooms early, produces berries birds love, and turns orange to crimson and fall. Golden currant (Ribes aureum), an early blooming native shrub that produces berries birds love, and turns orange to crimson in fall.
Stock tank garden-to-be Stock tank garden-to-be, waiting...

I'm not planting outdoors yet. For one thing, my steel front and side deck, where my kitchen garden will live in two galvanized stock tanks, isn't finished.

The High Plains west of Pueblo with Pikes Peak under storm clouds in the background (that's true shortgrass prairie, buffalograss with a cholla "overstory"). The High Plains west of Pueblo with Pikes Peak under storm clouds in the background (that's true shortgrass prairie, buffalograss with a spars
Highway 285 across South Park in blowing snow. Highway 285 across South Park in blowing snow.

The past week was a hard one—one friend lost her adult son and another friend died suddenly. When life hurts, I am comforted by nature and the community of the land, hence this look at two thoughtful books grown with love—comfort food that nourishes mind, heart and spirit.

Richard on the Big Sur Coast, California Richard on the Big Sur Coast, California

You're working too much.

I was headed home after spending the morning in a contentious three-hour planning meeting for a local land management agency.

Creek House from the south (the side facing the creek) in the evening sun. Creek House from the south (the side facing the creek) in the evening sun. (The street is to the right.)

I usually post on this blog once a week, often on Sunday night. Last weekend though, I was involved in negotiations related to the sale contract on Terraphilia.

Dad with Colin and his little brother Liam Dad with Colin and his little brother Liam last summer
Eastern black swallowtail emerges from its chrysalis on a fennel pant from my garden Eastern black swallowtail emerges from its chrysalis on a fennel plant.
The first page of the two-page current issue The first page of the two-page current issue
My house, shot by Terraphilia Resident Robin MacDonald-Foley. Thanks, Robin! The house and attached guest cottage--photo by Terraphilia Resident Robin MacDonald-Foley.
Under the right-hand row cover are the tomatoes in their insulating teepees. Under the left are greens. Under the right-hand row cover are tomato plants in insulating teepees. Greens shelter under the left-hand cover.
Fall planting of Monet's Garden mix plus mache (corn salad), overwintered under row covers and now ready to eat. Fall planting of Monet's Garden mix plus mache (corn salad), overwintered under row covers and now ready to eat.
Ruffled red lettuce, mache, and arugula, all from Renee's Garden Seeds. Summer lettuce blend, mache, and arugula, all from Renee's Garden Seeds.
Baby tomato plants, just putting out their first real leaves. Baby tomato plants, just putting out their first real leaves.
Half-planted flat of tomato and basil seedlings--the wicking mat waters the roots from underneath. Half-planted flat of tomato and basil seedlings--the wicking mat waters the roots from underneath.
Fringed sage (Artemisia frigida) feeling the drought in my front yard "unlawn."

I feel like I should begin with a public confession:

My name is Susan.

I am a neglectful gardener.