Green Thumb Sunday: Rocky Mountain blues

I spent a few days this past week in Grand Junction, Colorado, visiting my cousin and her kids. When I left Iowa City, nothing was blooming here yet, but Grand Junction was a festival of blossoms and color. I found these little blue flowers—I’m not sure what they are, exactly—cuddling the rocks in her side yard.

Grand Junction blossoms

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23 Responses to “Green Thumb Sunday: Rocky Mountain blues”


  1. 1 Katie April 29, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    What a gorgeous blue!
    All I have in my rocks are weeds – and moles…and 1 bunny….

  2. 2 chigiy April 29, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    That blue is electric.
    I hope you had a great time in Colorado.

  3. 3 inadvertentgardener April 29, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Katie, uh oh…a bunny? I haven’t seen one in our yard yet this year, but the time’s definitely coming.

    Chigiy, glad you enjoyed the blue. Colorado was wonderful!

  4. 4 anne April 29, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Those are pretty little things aren’t they!

  5. 5 Karen Ledebur April 29, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Wow…I’ve barely noticed those flowers. You’d be so proud I spent the afternoon planting my pots for the deck. You’re rubbing off on me! :)

  6. 6 gardenmomma April 29, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Yes, those blue flowers are beautiful! Don’t worry…you will be in full bloom before you know it! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. 7 Container Gardening Tips April 29, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    This reminds me that I’ve been intending to plant more flowers. I’ve been concentrating so much on my herbs and tomatoes that I have neglected to get some lovely flowering things started. :)

  8. 8 skeet April 30, 2007 at 4:19 am

    Such an intense, brilliant blue. Absolutely lovely! I have blooms only on trees adn shrubs right now. need to get busy and put in some blossoming beds!

    I was late getting my GTS up, but it’s there now!

  9. 9 inadvertentgardener April 30, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Anne, yeah — I really liked them.

    Karen, I am proud of you!

    Gardenmomma, we’re getting close in Iowa City, although the weird weather we had definitely affected things.

    Container Gardening Tips, this year we went ahead and planted some spring bulbs, and next we’re going to plant some flower seeds. We’ll see how it goes — I’m hoping we end up with some blooms this year.

    Skeet, thanks for the heads up about your GTS post — I just swung by.

  10. 10 Melissa April 30, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Wow.They are so blue! but with a hint of purple, and you sure can see some movement in that still life. I love the title of the post – makes me want to visit.

  11. 11 Michelle April 30, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    I *LOVE* this blue color!! This is my first Green Thumb Sunday, and I’m having the best time seeing everyone’s gardens! What great color!! Thanks! :)

  12. 12 inadvertentgardener May 2, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Melissa, I love the comment that you can see movement in there — I appreciate that. It’s a beautiful place to visit, to be sure.

    Michelle, thanks for visiting, and welcome to Green Thumb Sunday!

  13. 13 Robin May 4, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Those appear to be Lobelia. My favorite!!

  14. 14 jean May 6, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    What a gorgeous color! I would like that in my red, white and blue garden.

  15. 15 inadvertentgardener May 6, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Robin, thanks for identifying them for me — I’m going to keep that in mind for future planting. They’re quite lovely.

    Jean, they’d be perfect for such a garden!

  16. 16 Deb in Portland May 11, 2007 at 12:52 am

    I think that is a Lithodora – not sure which specific type…but Lithodora grows beautifully in temperate climates (we see a lot of it here in Oregon coast gardens) and does like to be moist. It’s a great ground creeper. I didn’t have much luck with it here in my Portland yard, but I think the spot wasn’t sunny enough. Gorgeous pic!!

  17. 17 inadvertentgardener May 12, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Deb, this particular spot was definitely sunny — and with all the rocks, a perfect place for creeping, if you are a flower. Thanks for the tip on the possible variety!

  18. 18 barbara April 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    where is your recipe for mojitos for a crowd?

  19. 19 inadvertentgardener April 5, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Barbara, that’s a good question! I’m going to have to get that posted up soon. I’m waiting for a bit warmer weather…and some fresh mint!


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