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Spring is Officially Over

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Spring is Officially Over

There are a few days in June when you can finally declare "Spring is over": usually after a week of 90F heat, when your garden is wilting. This date does not come directly on the Solstice: it can fall early in June. For me it was this morning: my garden at home that had been magnificent for months suddenly looked wilty, the weeds were evident and abruptly, there was a lot more...

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Foxtail lily botanic gardens

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Foxtail lily botanic gardens

Foxtail lily hybrids in the Ornamental Grasses garden If you've been to Denver Botanic Gardens in the last month you can hardly have missed them: no, not the Henry Moore sculptures (albeit they stand out!), I'm talking about foxtail lilies: Eremurus. These stand out (and stand up!) in a dozen gardens: bristling exclamation points that are impossible to miss. The literal translation of this Greek-derived scientific name is "Desert tail", which isn't quite accurate. Foxtail...

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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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