In May and June, the buns and mats of the diminutive alpine species take center stage. The garden resembles the alpine tundra with widely spaced plants surrounded by talus-sized rocks and pea-size scree.
Then come July and August and the aspens are in full leaf, casting a cool shade on Hostas and Geraniums. Tall columbines (Aquilegia) burst into full bloom as do Delphiniums, Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus), Penstemons and several species of Bellflowers (Campanula).
Rufous and Broadtailed Hummingbirds "bizzz" from blossom to blossom as do the quiet white-line sphinx moths (see "Western Insects & Arachnids Album"). Warblers return to Summit County and their plaintive notes fill the air between the aspen leaves.
So come into the garden and sit awhile. Put the cares of the artificial world on hold while you become one with nature.