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Don't Miss It!

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Don't Miss It!

A few things to see at the Gardens this week... Blue is the color: Plumbago boasts brilliant blue flowers and, in the fall, foliage in reds and purples. There’s a big patchby the Waring House gate, but once you know it, you’ll see it everywhere. Check out the interestingly named Lobelia syphilitica (evidently used to treat said malady), a blue plant growing along the stream in the Rock Alpine Garden, and...

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Bright Berries Catching Visitor's Eyes

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Bright Berries Catching Visitor's Eyes

This mountain ash had visitors stopping and staring and then asking "What is THAT?" yesterday. It is a slow-growing tree  and according to Michael Dirr in his Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, "Upright with strongly ascending branches, dark green leaves, good large sealing wax red fruits..."  I like the clump form with multiple glossy gray trunks which are also stunning in winter after the leaves drop. It flowers in spring with large...

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Compost Happens

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Compost Happens

Thanks to the green team volunteers for helping us compost this weekend at summer concerts! 

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Top 100 Botany Blogs

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Thank you, Online College Blog, for including us in your Top 100 list of botany blogs. We are honored by this acknowledgment. Our blog started in February 2008--we've come a long way in such a short time! Enjoy exploring the list. "Students of botany and amateur plant enthusiasts alike can take advantage of the information offered up by these bloggers." Look for us under Botanic Gardens, #98.

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Plant Carnivory: Role Reversal from Prey to Predator

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Plant Carnivory: Role Reversal from Prey to Predator

Typically plants fall at the bottom of the food chain, eaten by almost all other creatures. The exceptions to the rule are the carnivorous plants, displaying a role reversal from prey to predator. These plants have developed evolutionary mechanisms to trap insects and digest them in order to survive in the nutrient poor habitats they grow in. There are about 600 species of carnivorous plants belonging to 7 families and...

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A mention of gentians...

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A mention of gentians...

Gentiana paradoxa x septemfida Mention gentians, and die-hard wildflower lovers will sigh, or maybe even squeak with delight. No group of native wildflowers elicits such deep emotional devotion (except maybe columbines...but I digress). There are fantastic gentians growing across the world's high mountains blooming from earliest spring to the last bitterly cold nights of early winter. But August to me is gentian month in Colorado. Two gentians especially fill my garden at...

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