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Got Cactus? Show extravaganza this weekend!

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Got Cactus? Show extravaganza this weekend!

Ariocarpus spp. in full glory (pic by Keith Woesterhoff) The editor of our cactus newsletter took a picture of these spectacular Ariocarpus. Boy, would I like to have those in MY greenhouse...I guess I better start by getting a greenhouse first... This is one of the rarest native cacti, found only on one or two spots near Wedge overlook near the San Rafael river in east central Utah. It has thrived for me...

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Minor triumphs: Muscari azureum season

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Minor triumphs: Muscari azureum season

Muscari azureum It is prolific, but please don't summon the invasive police!  In this case, one can never seem to have enough of this good thing. It sprinkles my borders, my rock garden, it seems to pop up somewhere new every year. Of course, I have been known to gather its seeds in May and scatter them around rather enthusiastically. This little gem is above ground only a few weeks, and at the...

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The first daisies...Townsendia

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The first daisies...Townsendia

...even they have been known to coo over the first easter daisies (Townsendia); those tiny treasures that are often the first native wildflowers to bloom across the plains and intermountains West.  The picture here was taken last year, but the townsendias in my garden should be open by week's end, and I am sure there are some blooming somewhere near Denver on the piedmont. Some years you can even find...

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And even MORE early blossoms...

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And even MORE early blossoms...

Iris reticulata 'Clairette' I have a bank at home studded with a dozen or so of these blooming right now, and I see them poking up here and there all over the Gardens. You know the problem with America? How come there are medical marijuana outlets popping up every ten feet and still not enough reticulate irises? Do we have our priorities skewed or what? These majestic miniatures from Western Asia thrive in...

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