September Yard Of The Month
If every plant has a story then Cheri Scott’s garden is a library.
There is an apple tree that has a graft from a local 100-year-old tree, some peonies that she is holding for a friend who is moving and must have them at his new home, and the lovely I Road flowers.
“I don’t know what they are called,” Scott said. “I call them I Road flowers.”
Scott’s yard at 749 26 1/2 Road was selected as the Yard of the Month winner for September.
Scott is a self-taught gardener but her plants are arranged as though in a botanic garden. In the front is the “Granny Garden” styled to look like a garden from a farmhouse in the 1940s.
There is the “Stairway to Heaven,” an old staircase that goes nowhere but is adorned with pots of brightly colored flowers.
And there’s the I Road flowers that have brilliant brown, orange and yellow petals looking very much like confetti on a stem.
Scott noticed them during her daily bike ride and fell in love with them. The gardener gave her some seeds — “She was so nice” — and Scott planted and christened I Road flowers.
“Don’t do it if you don’t love it,” is Scott’s advice for gardeners.
Yard of the Month is presented by the Grand Junction Forestry Board, The Daily Sentinel, and the city of Grand Junction. Nominations for the Yard of the Month will resume in May 2016.