Garden of Beauty – July 30
It is unusual for a gardener to focus on native wildflowers; thus, an amazing display of wildflowers certainly caught the attention of the Sage and Snow Garden of Beauty Award crew. This week’s beautiful garden award goes to Jill and Mark Randall and son Garrett, 90 Horseshoe Road, near Daniel. Both their front and back yards are covered in an array of native wildflowers including Rocky Mountain penstemon, lupine, scarlet gilia, groundsel, fringed sage, fireweed, alpine strawberries, goldeneye daisies, flax, blanket flower, lousewort, asters, larkspur, vetch, Mexican hat coneflower, yarrow and columbine. Most of the flowers were cultivated from seed. Another bed features hardy perennial flowers such as bleeding heart, iris, catmint, sunflowers, daisies, violas, rhubarb and poppies. Shrubs include currants, serviceberry, dogwood, mahogany and buffalo berry. One side of the house has stately basin wild rye grass and delicate Indian rice grass. A large in-ground garden bed is thriving with potatoes, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beans, lettuce and spinach, all efficiently watered with a drip irrigation system. Warm weather crops – tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and peppers – are grown in a small greenhouse. All of this botanical beauty is showcased with a backdrop of majestic mountains and verdant meadows.