• High Altitude Gardening http://highaltitudegardening.blogspot.com/

    Growing an impossible garden at 7,000 feet. Certified master gardener, certifiable in many other ways. My garden is a labor of love high - in the snowy Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah.


  • Weather. Be. Damned.

    Weather. Damned.

    Every garden needs a few Allium (ornamental onion) bulbs. In addition to being drop dead gorgeous, their oniony aroma keeps the critters at bay. Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sunny Yellows

    Sunny Yellows

    "Flowers are beacons of sunshine, when somber skies blanket our world." - DodinskyOh, where for art thou, happy sun? And, will you ever return?At first, I was... Read more

    Posted on 08 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Mobile Tomatoes and the Wildflower Express

    Mobile Tomatoes Wildflower Express

    I was so delighted to see that the tiny Violas I planted last year (sold as annuals) are back, and blooming for a second summer.Got the text from the girls ~ ak... Read more

    Posted on 01 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Blue Meadows and the Saddle Sore-ority

    Blue Meadows Saddle Sore-ority

    “Then the spring came, and all over the country there were little blossoms and little birds.” - Oscar WildeHad an awfully hard time getting out of bed this... Read more

    Posted on 24 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bulbs, Bears and the Ice Storm

    Bulbs, Bears Storm

    Oh, happy day! The sun is shining!A thin layer of ice melts from the garden. Hyacinth do their level best to shake off the last remnants of winter, providing a... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Charlie and the Flower Factory

    Charlie Flower Factory

    First, he steals my heart.Then, he destroys my garden.The next door neighbor's garage sale began at the unthinkable hour of 6 a.m. (I'm always impressed with... Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Two Month Tomatoes and More Speedy Mountain Veggies

    Month Tomatoes More Speedy Mountain Veggies

    Behold! The Crocus are blooming! * It's not as cold as it looks. :)Warm spring weather has graced the mountains for three long, lovely days. The last of the sno... Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Topsy Turvy

    Topsy Turvy

    The sun shines brightly, birds sing a happy tune and the earliest spring flowers stand up to say howdy. All is well.One day later, a freezing rain blankets the... Read more

    Posted on 29 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Quiz for Quasi Spring!

    Quiz Quasi Spring!

    Charlie vs. the Seedlings:"I really want to want to eat 'em, mom. Maybe just a nibble?" - CharlieSnooze, ya lose!That's been my philosophy for many years, now. Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hell N Back

    Hell Back

    First things, first! Check this out! A Tardis* Birdfeeder! Definite must-have for the garden.On the drive home, I purchased a new Shamrock plant. (Oxalis)Home... Read more

    Posted on 12 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Beast Has Awakened

    Beast Awakened

    Greetings, Earthlings. Don't worry. I'm a vegan.The moment we moved into our Cave Creek, Arizona, rental home, our [outdoor] cat took up residence in the... Read more

    Posted on 07 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Night Gardens

    Night Gardens

    It was my darling daughter's birthday.She's visiting from snowbound Utah.So, I thought it might be a fun adventure to see the light show..At the Phoenix Desert... Read more

    Posted on 03 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Terra Cotta Reds

    Terra Cotta Reds

    Chuparosa in full bloom.The desert is changing color!When I arrived, in late January, it was yellow. Perky little daisies - Brittle Brush - everywhere I went. Read more

    Posted on 28 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Lovely Place to Visit...

    Lovely Place Visit...

    My rental house has orange, lemon and grapefruit trees in the backyard."You need to eat more grapefruit."So sayeth the owner of the house, that I am renting dow... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Superstitions


    Recent rains have inspired some stunning desert wildflowers. This is Globe Mallow.Weeknights, I pour over the Arizona map, in search of cool destinations to... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Lovely Lantana

    Lovely Lantana

    Lantana is popular annual where I'm from. A gorgeous perennial in Arizona.A week has gone by, living in the land of perpetual summer (Cave Creek, Arizona) and... Read more

    Posted on 06 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hellooooo Sunshine!

    Hellooooo Sunshine!

    In the last riveting episode of High Altitude Gardening... I was bragging up the fact that I'd rented out my home to vacationing snow lovers. (I live in a ski... Read more

    Posted on 31 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Peaks and Valleys

    Peaks Valleys

    Fab House ~ Perfect Location!That's how I listed it on Airbnb.Ask anyone who knows me ~ in the real world ~ and they would probably say: Well, she’s had a prett... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pies, Puppy Love and Pretty Bulbs

    Pies, Puppy Love Pretty Bulbs

    Woke to the first truly cold winter morning, and since I have a partially house-trained puppy living with me, we were outdoors, in seconds flat, to prevent an... Read more

    Posted on 21 November 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • 1 Arm Bandit


    Tip: Soak your orchids, once a week, for 30 minutes, with a tsp of basic fertilizer - they'll happily re-bloom.I wake, wincing in pain. Pop two of the killer... Read more

    Posted on 16 November 2015 GARDENING, HOME