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Alpha beta gramma....

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Alpha beta gramma....

I obtained several plants several years ago and put them in my unwatered xeriscape. Right from the start they grew vigorously, despite the lack of watering. This year they were twice as tall and much more robust than the wild blue gramma growing nearby in my prairie, confirming my dawning awareness that this is going to be one of the great ornamentals of this program.

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Passing of a friend

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Passing of a friend

Here you see Harlan a few months ago, on his last visit to Denver with some of his close associates from around the country. Harlan helped found the Perennial Plant Association, the Great Plants program of Nebraska,  and was one of the co-chairs of the only combined meetings of both Eastern and Western chapters of the International Plant Propagators Society meeting in Denver in 2009. Harlan traveled extensively throughout America,...

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Aurora's secret garden (and Aronia zone)

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Aurora's secret garden (and Aronia zone)

Here is a closer look at the berries and leaves: I hate the common name chokeberry! I tasted these and they weren't half bad! Closely related to mountain ash (Sorbus) this rarely planted shrub is native to the eastern United States, but seems to adapt well to a spot in Denver provided it gets some watering. It is certainly a standout in the fall! A huge industry, much of it...

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Don't meddle with Medlars!

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Don't meddle with Medlars!

The Medlar is much more popular in Europe--in fact its epithet (germanicus) implies it is a central European native. it is naturalized throughout Europe, but is more likely native to the Balkans and eastern Mediterranean, but has been cultivated for centuries for its exotic fruit. Like the totally unrelated pawpaw of the USA or most species of Persimmon, this fruit must be frosted to be rid of the unpalatable qualities....

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