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Why Baby Vegetables are a Luxury, and Other Thoughts on Preparing for Winter

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Why Baby Vegetables are a Luxury, and Other Thoughts on Preparing for Winter

Preparing for winter? Yes, I've been thinking about winter for a couple months now, ever since I decided to try to eat more local foods. I won't be limiting myself to eating only foods grown in Colorado, especially over the winter, but I am wanting to pay more attention to where my food comes from. And, I have extra incentive, since local foods tend to be cheaper these days than foods relying on expensive long-distance transportation!

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Water Gardens in full bloom

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Water Gardens in full bloom

Fly Trap Feast Carnivorous Venus Fly Traps (Dionaea muscipula) and pitcher plants (Sarracenia cvs.) are found at both entrances to the Fly Trap Feast. Close to the north entrance is a demonstration display showing the use of aquatic plants as filters, a fine example of sustainability, one of the Gardens’ important core values. Enjoy the lively container gardens here and also tactfully framing the Victoria and Monet pools. Leisurely Walk and a Celebrated...

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Season of Inspiration

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Season of Inspiration

This is the season of inspiration.  I know everyone talks about gardening in the spring, but this is the time of year that motivates me.  Every garden has come into its own.  Yards, parks, estates, landscapes: by now you know what they are going to be.  Thick slabs of watermelon, backlogs of zuchini, fulsome fruit and fields of flowers: even the weeds seem mastered by an all-encompassing abundance.  The failures (we've...

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Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' lotus

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Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' lotus

In the Monet pond, the leaves of the Gardens’ favorite lotus Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' sporting plate-like water resistant leaves. In the background is an exciting graffiti artist’s mural (Lady Pink) and reflection. The colorful murals are part of the Gardens’ popular "Urban Nature" exhibit.

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Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus

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Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus

Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus continues to flower magnificantly in the Victoria (upper) pool. The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon, for three consecutive days. They are delightfully fragrant. N. 'Rosy Clouds' is an excellent lotus for Colorado Gardens.

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Garden of Dance

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Garden of Dance

Last Sunday, August 10th, Gardens visitors and I enjoyed a special treat - an amphitheater performance by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ensemble. Made possible by a grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts, Cleo Parker Robinson's welcoming spirit and dancers shared a positive message of unity for for everyone in the audience. Young and old alike were compelled to move - even onto the stage! I'll certainly do...

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Magenta hardy waterlily ‘James Brydon’

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Magenta hardy waterlily 'James Brydon' is now at its best in Denver Botanic Gardens' pools . . . The Gardens is famous for its stunning displays of the bowl-shaped classical Nymphaea 'James Brydon' (hybridizer: Dreer Nurseries). Now is the best time to walk around our pools and enjoy a multitude of hardy and tropical waterlilies, expertly groomed and displayed for all of our special visitors.

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‘William Mclane’ dazzles in Romantic Pool

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Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection (RMLC) tropical waterlily ‘William Mclane’ . . . The purple Nymphaea 'William McLane' (hybridizer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries) is one of eight unique outstanding waterlilies flourishing in the Romantic Pool. Bring your camera--you will want to remember this forever!

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