Bob Nold. Kind of a lumpy name, never much liked the last, Germanic, name, and the first, well, I’m stuck with that, too.

I was fortunate enough to be able to indulge in early retirement, so I don’t do much of anything except gardening.  After I retired in 2007 there was some talk (all coming from me) of moving to the West Coast, where I grew up, but I rarely get around to doing anything, and when my wife died suddenly in 2009 it was clear to me that staying in the house she made so cozy for the two of us was my only realistic option.

So I tend a weed-choked garden on the extreme western suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The weeds are not entirely my fault, as the garden borders a “green belt” (a weedy flood plain only too eager to share its extra plants with me.

There are some books associated with my name; Penstemons, Columbines, and High and Dry. These are out of print, but the first two are available as print-on-demand, without my wife’s watercolors.

I also contributed to the American Horticultural Society’s A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, am a member of the Cactus and Succulent Society, the British Cactus and Succulent Society, the Alpine Garden Society, the North American Rock Garden Society, the Scottish Rock Garden Club, etc. etc.



14 Responses to About

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  2. Julianne Jones says:

    All the way over here in Australia, this blog makes my working day so much brighter.

  3. Hi Bob. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love the information on it. I own a landscaping business in Denver and would LOVE to tour your garden. Would you be willing to give me and a couple of my crew members a tour? We are lovely guests…

  4. Kevin Pykkonen says:

    Dear Master of Chess,
    Last April I planted a Las Pilitas (Bert Wilson RIP…) Arctostaphylos pungens in my Boulder yard, and looking at it now am wondering if it made it through the flood and tough winter. If it goes gentle into that good night I am thinking of trying another. Have you had success with it? If not then I guess I can rage, rage against the dying of the light, or maybe try an A. patula? Looking for one with more of an upright habit, I guess no chance of an A. glauca in these parts…

  5. Kevin Pykkonen says:

    Kelly just stuck a striking A. pungens in the Schoolhouse garden, mentioned it was an Allan Taylor selection but alpine in origin so he was circumspect about how it will do in our clay. I’m hopeful. Original subject of this post not perking up with warming weather…

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  7. Michele B says:

    Hi Bob!
    I got to be outside all day today! Hooray! Mani is adorable! Im sure you boys will do just fine.

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