My October Backyard

We have had a lovely fall here in Colorado this year. It’s given me extra time to really tuck the garden in before snowfall.I’ve still got Marigolds, Cosmos, and several kinds of lettuce growing well.
I’ve been hanging out on the patio and enjoying the birds daily.
Look at this beautiful Freckled Romaine. Yum.
I’m trying something new this year – hoop houses.
I hope to keep things like spinach, lettuce, carrots, brocolli and kale going until the end of the year. Have you ever tried this?
This is the first time I’ve ever planted garlic, can you see it growing in the very front bed? It will over winter and be ready in June I think.
Here is a pile of compost, lasagna style. I’ll be curious to see how it does.
My yard has been teeming with birds again, at last! I had an influx of Yellow-rumped Warblers the other day, all thirsty and dirty apparently.
MY Juncos are back. Yay, yay, yay.
Flicker! Since we had to cut down three big Russian Olives a couple of months ago, the flickers have been scarce. But they’re coming back now.
I’ve had a couple of sneaky Towhees around too.
And this lovely creature visited me the other day too. He was much more tame than the Black Swallowtail I had here a few weeks ago and let me get quite close as he busily fed. Do any of you keep a yard BUTTERFLY list?
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4 Responses to My October Backyard

  1. Becca Reid says:

    A Butterfly List sounds fabulous!

  2. dAwN says:

    Great happenings in your yard! I dont keep a butterfly list..maybe someday. There was someone on Twitter that wanted more info on your hoop house.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I’m not very familiar with Colorado weather. Will the hoop house prevent frosts for the entire winter?

  4. Becca, I’ve got a little list. Dawn – thanks!!

    Elizabeth, most likely not. I’m covering them at night with more than plastic. I’ll see how long I can keep them growing.

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