We have taken what was once pastures filled with hay and turned them into overflowing flower gardens. Gardening in Colorado doesn't come without challenges. Our climate is dry, the soil isn't ideal, and of course, there is always a chance of hail (leaving the garden looking like a CSI crime scene).
When we broke ground for the first garden, my knowledge of gardening was minuscule. Through the years, I have found Mother Nature to be very resilient. You can have no idea what you are doing, and plants will bloom despite you. Each year, I have discovered methods for yielding more blooms.
Join us on our journey as we document our garden transformations, share tips on how to grow a flower garden, guide you through landscaping ideas, and post photos of our ever-changing farm.
When we moved to our farm, it had a dirt drive that stretched over 1,000 feet long. The pastures were abounding with nothing but hay. It wasn't a beautiful setting, but the property had this peaceful feel that drew us in. It was enticing to us because of its' mountain views and solitude. We could envision the possibilities. When we decided on the name of our farm, we were inspired by our love of Italy. The name "Antonella" means priceless flower in Italian.
We began our journey by laying stone on the long lane leading to the house. Our landscaping idea was to have the stone drive and parking area encompassed by flower gardens. Once it was in place, we plowed the first flower garden in the fall. The initial garden was about 450 square feet. I thought this garden was huge and wondered how I would ever be able to maintain it. We currently have about 5,500 square feet of flower gardens.
We are continually transforming our flower gardens. Sit back and relax while we give you a tour.
In the spring, the Iris Gardens take center stage. Jim is my amazing husband, and he started by planting about 800 of them just for me! Over the last five years, he has divided and transplanted them. We estimated there were about 4,500 blooms this year. I hope you can imagine this genuinely stunning display of flowers.
I know some who are not fond of iris plants since most do not bloom all summer. On the other hand, I find them even more engaging since I know my time to enjoy them is limited. Our bearded iris garden blooms for over a month. It is breathtaking! Take a look at my blog to read tips on how to grow irises and what you can do if you want iris blooms throughout the season.
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