You might think that Denver Botanic Gardens is hunkered down for the winter and the only sparkle to be had comes from our nighttime electrical endeavors. But you’d be wrong.
Many plants are flowering at this time of year, and while they’ll never match the springtime display of floral abundance their delicate blossoms are made all the more magical by being present in the deep of winter. Hailing from less severe...
You see a lot of pumpkins at this time of year, in food, drinks, and decorations. But if all you know is the orange, round, Jack-o’-Lantern pumpkin, you may be woefully underestimating this group of plants. Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo, mostly) are part of an exclusively New World genus that includes some of the oldest cultivated crops in the Americas. Native peoples from Maine to Argentina have grown them for centuries,...
Fungi sometimes get a bad rap. They are suspicious, insidious, and villainous—growing unseen and erupting without warning from just about anything. Not everyone is down on fungus though (Wales celebrated National Fungus Day on October 14), and for good reason. Fungi are important decomposers of plant matter (without them we’d all be neck-deep or worse in leaves and old wood) and are essential partners for plants for nutrient and water...
As imperceptibly as Grief
The Summer lapsed away --
Too imperceptible at last
To seem like Perfidy --
A Quietness distilled
As Twilight long begun,
Or Nature spending with herself
Sequestered Afternoon --
The Dusk drew earlier in --
The Morning foreign shone --
A courteous, yet harrowing Grace,
As Guest, that would be gone --
And thus, without a Wing
Or service of a Keel
Our Summer made her light escape
Into the Beautiful.
The killing frost of 2012 approaches—many plants will perish this...