Gardening ideas from Winter Park

Flowers in the high country are especially beautiful this summer.

winter-park3-blog1We had the chance to take a short trek over Berthoud Pass to Winter Park this past weekend and I can’t remember a time when the flowers looked more vibrant.

Every bloom, whether wild or not, was calling for attention.

In the summer Winter Park ski resort offers different kinds of thrills including biking, alpine sliding, miniature golfing and a lot more.

At the base of the ski area was one garden bed overflowing with flowers. See how many different flower varieties you can identify in this picture.

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This garden serves as an inspiration for anyone who lives and gardens in the mountains. Some of the challenges of gardening above 8,000 feet includes poor soil conditions, extreme temperature fluctuations, a short growing season, wind, and hungry wildlife.

CSU Extension has a good fact sheet on gardening in Colorado’s mountains that covers everything from soils to selecting plants. One key to success is using microclimates effectively.

I hope you’ll get the chance to take a drive in the high country soon to enjoy the view.

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