Habitat Hero Garden Award Winner

2014 Habitat Hero Winner ~ Peacock Yard, Lakewood, CO, designed by Gardenz

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2014 Habitat Hero Winner ~ Peacock Yard, Lakewood, CO, designed by Gardenz
Waterwise front yard of pollinator and songbird food plants replaced scruffy lawn and aging pfizer junipers; backyard is a watered wildlife oasis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the 2014 Habitat Hero award-winning gardens demonstrate, wildscapes are as different as the gardeners and designers who create them. They can be formal gardens, meadow-style expanses, flower-filled cottage borders, or natural landscapes. Whatever the style, a wildscape is based on five simple principles:

  • Create diverse layers and shelter
  • Grow natural food
  • Provide water for drinking and bathing
  • Control invasive species
  • Conserve water, energy and chemical use.

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2014 HH award releaseBe a Habitat Hero! Wildscape for the Birds… a project of Audubon Rockies

Their Mission: Grow a network of habitat for songbirds and pollinators in gardens across the Rocky Mountains and beyond, save water for our streams and rivers, and restore our joy in nature every day.

Fall is here now, winter soon to follow

Yellow_Aspen_Leaves,_Fall_Colors_at_Rocky_Mountain_National_Park,_ColoradoI love the sound of leaves still on the tree, fluttering in the breeze; the crunch of the fallen on the path; the geese flying south.

Trees lose their green and gain the yellow gold, red.  The angle of the sun causes long shadows, signaling plants that sleep is coming soon.  Cool nights and cool days tell the vegetables to slow fruiting.  The doorbell rings and goblins appear.

Friday night lights, Saturday tailgates, the end of America’s pastime and the beginning of crunching bodies.

Gnats and other insects have bred for one more generation as the days remained warm.  Walking the lake today I passed through more than one hatch.  The roses are blooming fiercely now with the warm days and cool nights, perfect weather.  Pumpkins and gourds are everywhere.  My favorites are the bumpy ones.  I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte and probably never will, too trendy for my blood.

Fall is here now, winter soon to follow.  The ice starts to freeze, the days get shorter, the flowers are gone.  But for now, we still have color and warmth and a few blooms.