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Let us now praise peonies..

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Let us now praise peonies..

Species peonies to be precise. Who does not admire the sumptuous exuberance, the voluptuous colors and textures that suggest the same sorts of things marketed by Victoria's Secret. And I don't mean lingerie...peonies are frankly the sexpots of the garden. The hybrids are Zsa Zsa Gabors and Sophia Laurens. The species bring to mind more lissome and willowy heroines like Catherine Deneuve or perhaps Kate Winslet. The fabulous scarlet peony of...

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Yeeeehaw! BLAZING SADDLES!

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Yeeeehaw! BLAZING SADDLES!

Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus Sorry: you'll miss this one. It only blooms like that ONE DAY a year, and that day was this past Monday. But it has cousins around the garden that will wait for your visit...provided you come quickly!  Echinocereus polyacanthus (back), Escobaria orcuttii (front) The claret cup with red flowers is not our local species, but one from Chihuahua, in Mexico. It grows much taller and has a larger flower as...

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Royal pageantry in the garden

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Royal pageantry in the garden

Tall bearded iris are always grand. This year is shaping up to be a fantastic year for them (again) just as it has been the miracle year for flowering trees and shrubs. And the magnificent clumps of tall bearded iris will be in full, glorious bloom this weekend in time for the American Iris Society's annual show in Mitchell Hall on Saturday and Sunday. Do make sure you make the trek...

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Himalayan may apple

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Himalayan may apple

closeup of Podophyllum emodi   Anyone who grew up in the Midwest knows the modest, nodding May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum) ubiquitous in the woods there.  I suspect that not one in twenty visitors to Denver Botanic Gardens ever notice its modest cousin that blooms for a week or two in mid May every year in Plantasia, Birds and Bees and in the Rock Alpine Garden. For me these modest little woodlanders are the essence of...

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