I missed most of Denver’s recent monsoons. I was in Chicago, digging glorious gardens, parks, and landscapes. Not literally, but as a tourist.
I heard word, of course, of the Mile High City’s wild weather. I saw clips on TV news, read newspaper reports, and heard from neighbors that our ‘hood took a beating. And a drenching.
Moreover, my garden shows signs–some good and some not so nice–of the extreme meteorology. On the up side, grass lawns normally parched at this point in July look lush and green. But broad leaf plants–particularly hostas and potted citrus trees–show pock marks and tattered edges resulting from a 45-minute hail storm. Lots of leaves were down and a few small branches.
And the gutter on the roof of my garage, which at secret garden level is low enough to reach up and check, feels full of debris from Mr. CrabApple Tree looming over the roof. Which leads me to believe my other gutters need cleaning, too. If you live in the are affected by the recent monsoon storms over metro Denver, you might want to get your gutters checked and cleaned, too. Remember: Maintenance is much less expensive than repairs.
••• “Cultivate your corner of the world. You grow your garden; your garden grows you.” •••
Friday Jones Publishing will release Colleen Smith’s playful new book “Laid-Back Skier” for fall 2011.
Colleen Smith’s first novel, “Glass Halo”— a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize — is available in hardcover or e—book.
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