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Plant Sale frenzy: bring some color into your life!

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Plant Sale frenzy: bring some color into your life!

Closeup of Sunset Strain of Lewisia cotyledon These are likely the "Sunset Strain" --an especially vibrant selection of the species originally selected by Jack Drake in the highlands of Scotland. The "Ashwood Strain" developed by an English nursery of the same name is the current purveyor of these especially breathtaking plants. Like many wildflowers, they do best in well drained (but not too hungry) soil in a rock garden setting. As...

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Haiku for Denver Botanic Gardens

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I have had a fondness for Haiku (the three line Japanese poems based on nature with a rather strict prosody) from the time I was a child: my brother-in-law Allan Taylor gave me a book of Haiku I still own: I was beguiled and charmed by the magical glimpses captured by Shiki, by Basho--often centuries ago--that seemed so very fresh to me then (and still do today). There is something...

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Harbingers of spring

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Harbingers of spring

Last week I hosted Fritz Kummert, one of Austria's foremost horticulturists who was here to do a presentation. Fritz wanted to see pasqueflowers, and I was shocked to find most had finished blooming at one of my favorite haunts near Boulder: usually peak bloom is mid April! We fortunately found a few fresh blossoms, which I am sharing with you. My slide files are filled with pictures of pasqueflowers: we...

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