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Peaches Galore

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Sliced Peaches

Dripping down my chin, sticky fingers from sweet free-flowing juice and a bliss smile stretched across my face. Yes, this was my first taste of a truly sun-ripened summertime peach. My father had purchased a big box from a gentlemen passing through our remote mountainous town in northern New Mexico.  I had never seen such big, plump peaches in all my life…much less an entire box full. It was a warm day on our small porch of which I left sweet droplets of peach for the sun to dissolve.

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Late to the party (Chihuahuan uplands cacti)

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Coryphantha sulcata

Most hardy cacti bloom in spring. Pediocactus simpsonii for instance (our wonderful mountain ball cactus) can open its first flowers in my garden in March. April and May see the peak bloom on various Echinocereus and suchlike. By mid June most cacti are done and seed is ripening. I grant you the cane chollas (Cylindropuntia) often wait till the 4th of July to bloom...

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Denver Urban Agriculture Tours

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Line of chard planted in a garden with a sign reading chard.

For the second year in a row, Denver Botanic Gardens is partnering with Slow Food Denver and Grow Local Colorado to offer tours of urban agriculture projects throughout the Denver metro area.

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This plant does not exist!

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Glade Mallow (Napaea dioica)

Glade Mallow (Napaea dioica) I grant you the flowers are not gigantic--an inch across if you're generous. But they are produced in profusion for a long season (that's good isn't it?) and the plant itself is restrained...if rather large: here's the same clump that's blooming now the way it looked a month ago:

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Concert July 24 - Elephant Revival and Carolina Chocolate Drops

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There is one concert at York Street this week, and you can still get tickets! Be sure to read these bios compiled by Gardens’ member Rick Hum before you go to the concert.    Elephant Revival and Carolina Chocolate DropsWednesday, July 24, 2013York StreetDoors: 6 p.m. / Show: 7 p.m.Tickets still available!

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Home Canning

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The notion of putting food up is one that previous generations were familiar with - taking the bounty of the local harvest and preserving it for later.  Of course, many of us didn’t grow up with the tradition of putting food up.  But as we have become re-introduced with the art of growing our own vegetables and cooking from farm-to-table, the art of home-preserving has seen a resurgence.  Now we have the desire to figure out

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