The June Paradox: Get Busy Relaxing

By Jesse Eastman


If early spring is for planning, and May is for planting, what’s to be done in June? My opinion, as a very tired nurseryman, is that June should be spent enjoying the fruits of your springtime labor.

This doesn’t mean you just stop gardening in June. There are always more projects to be done in the yard. Pests are always a threat, and won’t wait until you’ve had a good rest. Weeds will take up all that May moisture, combine it with increasing temperatures, and shoot skyward in the blink of an eye, but then again, so will all the beautiful flowers you planted in April and May.

Just as June heralds the start of serious plant growth, it also signals the beginning of summer activities! This is the time of year when we can go out and appreciate all the beauty that is created by our collective horticultural efforts. For me, this means attending outdoor events where I can be surrounded by all the wonders nature has to offer.

Roses_NLHere at Fort Collins Nursery, our slate of June events is packed full. Starting with a June 11th class on roses, we want to make sure your June is as productive as it is relaxing. We are bringing in Roger Heins, a former VP at Jackson & Perkins Roses, to share his wisdom on selecting and caring for roses.

Concert2_NLFollow up a bit of learning with an awesome concert! Liz Barnez returns to the Rock Garden stage on June 16th for a benefit concert for Project Self-Sufficiency. Enjoy tunes for a good cause beneath the summer night sky, surrounded by plants along the banks of Dry Creek and the Poudre River.

PS-S_NLJust a few days later, Saturday June 18th, attend the 13th Annual Loveland Garden Tour & Art Show. Visit unique yards and gardens, take careful notes, and then make your way straight to Fort Collins Nursery where 15% of all sales on June 18th will be donated to Project Self-Sufficiency.

Come back on Sunday, June 19th, and purchase a tree for dad for Father’s Day. Any tree purchased on the 19th is eligible for free or discounted planting, so dad can enjoy his special day instead of digging holes. While you’re here finding the perfect tree, don’t miss our popular Fairy Gardening classes, but be sure to register early, as these classes fill up quickly!

FeaturedGarden_NLFinally, as June winds down, come see the amazing gardens on display for the Junior League of Fort Collins 34th Annual Garden Tour. This year’s homes are located in the neighborhood along east Elizabeth St. between College and Lemay, a classic neighborhood that is sure to delight with its mature and intricate landscapes!

I hope you’re as excited for what June holds as I am. I’ve planted my veggies, fertilized my lawn, repaired my irrigation, and I’m ready to revel in some summertime fun!


Originally published on May 31st, 2016.