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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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Why tour gardens?

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Why tour gardens?

I am leading a very special overnight tour to some of the finest gardens I have ever visited: they happen to be in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. I can guarantee you that you will come back amazed at what some clever gardeners can do there with native plants, with insectivorous plants, with their imagination and some real skill. I guarantee you will have never seen gardens like these.  I visit...

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