Beth's house outside DenverBy mid-May, I make time to plant. I load up pots from the last 5 years and drop them off to be recycled, then head into the nursery to find more. I could spend $1,000 on plants in one afternoon, but I never budget: I wouldn’t stick to it.

Rice grass is my first indulgence: even a tulip has nothing on a cloud of seeds shivering in summer. Then Penstemon pinifolius with red flowers. I already have the yellow; I have 6 Penstemon species out of 300. The woman I ask for help tells me she has no native ground covers, but I find pussytoes and sedums.

Maybe I should work here.

Every summer I say:
I will finish the yard this year.

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  1. BernardL May 18, 2009 at 11:19 am - Reply

    ‘Maybe I should work here.’ Not a bad idea, Beth. It would give you a breather from copy editing.

  2. Beth Partin May 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Actually, Bernard, I’m taking a breather from editing to do some Internet stuff. The problem is it would take me an hour to get there on the bus, and then I’d have to work for someone else, of course.

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  3. Catherine May 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    closer to home, I’ve found fantastic things at Lafayette florist and O’Tooles on Wadsworth. My mom lives in Lafayette with a XXX xeric yard, most of which came from Lafayette Florist.

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  4. Beth Partin May 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Wow, Catherine, will your Mom redo my yard? I have part of yard xeriscaped, and it’s getting infested with all sorts of things, most of which I planted.

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