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Colleen Dieter IS A FORCE.
What strikes me is her ability to field any question about native Texas gardening/landscape with an immediate and educated answer — out of what’s in her head. Question after question.
She’s really got this encyclopedic knowledge, folks. Unbelievable!
I first met Colleen about a year ago. She was an incredible host of my good friend B’s baby shower. She had selected these wonderful native Blackfoot Daisies for table decorations — and the best part — we got to take them home. (btw…mine is still thriving!!)
I had to know this woman!!
So, fast forward to last week. I asked her to please come over because I seriously needed her help with the front/back yards.
(There’s just too much going on with a kitchen remodel and shed build — and I’m not THAT CRAZY!!)
PRIMARY QUESTIONS I asked COLLEEN:
– What is the fertilization schedule during FALL/WINTER?
– What brand should I use? (I have an assortment of succulents, shrubs and newly planted trees.)
– My peach tree has never fruited but it appears so healthy … Is it the correct variety to have planted here in Austin?
– Is this the right variety for this particular spot along the backyard pathway?
– That front bed full of clay, how should I amend for that particular plot?
Y’all — I pummeled Colleen with questions for two hours — and could have kept going. Colleen maintained her professional demeanor and provided SMART answers to every question.
(What I loved most — every thought of hers comes from a place of loving the earth in the most organic way.)
And then we decided she would craft a plan — a kind of to-do list for each month, tailored for our particular soil, our individual plots, taking weather patterns/seasons into consideration.
Awwww….the HEAVENS PARTED. I’VE BEEN SAVED!! Can I get an AMEN??
Colleen is so wonderful with her time. Her speaking engagements on a wide variety of gardening topics can be found here on her website.