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A Year of Eating Locally???

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A Year of Eating Locally???

My garden has begun to provide my dinner nightly, and soon I will be going crazy trying to bottle, freeze, dry or eat everything it gives me. Eating locally is easy this time of year! If your own garden is not providing, then a dozen Farmer’s Markets are available with Colorado-grown vegetables, fruits, meat, honey, cheese, and more.

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RMLC ‘Stan Skinger’, a very special waterlily

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With a multitude of exquisite apricot-colored flowers, Nymphaea ‘Stan Skinger’ (hybridizer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries) is a super Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection (RMLC) tropical waterlily, displayed dramatically in the Romantic Gardens pool. The gorgeous, egg-shaped mottled leaves darken in Denver’s semi-arid mile-high climate.

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Exquisite lotus main attraction in Monet Pool

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Nelumbo ‘Perry’s Giant Sunburst’ with charming creamy-yellow flowers is the main attraction in the Monet Garden pool. It is near the north entrance to the Japanese Garden amongst a mix of classical hardy waterlilies. ‘Perry’s Giant Sunburst’ was hybridized by lotus king Perry D. Slocum.

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Aloe Envy

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Aloe Envy

  I have aloe envy. I recently saw the diversity of plants that thrive in the Souther California climate.  The aloes they have there are incredible.  More than any other plant (and there are lot of plants), I wish I could walk among the aloes on a regular basis.  Just look at them! The large one pictured is Aloe candelabrum: Can you imagine that on your window sill?  It's magnificent.  It reminds me of Dr....

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Noticing What's Around Us

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The Gardens' summer exhibit, "Urban Nature," not only brings in references to the City through street murals and horticultural practices, it also challenges us to notice the little things around us. Humans, nature, and urban living collide regularly - it's up to us to take notice. Early this spring I was mesmerized by plants breaking through concrete and black top at a gas station. Unwanted? Maybe. A beautiful point of contrast?...

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The Dog Days of Summer

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Here is another guest blog post from our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Bublitz, at Paw-Friendly Landscapes. If you are enjoying her posts, don't forget to check out her Pet-Friendly Landscapes class this coming September, where you can get all your questions answered in a fun, practical evening program. Hot Dog!!!! Boy is it July!  It is so hot these days with very little rain. It’s hard to believe my last blog was about...

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Pitcher Plant

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Plant diversity is wonderfully expressed by the many exciting pitcher plant cultivars (Sarracenia cvs.). S. ‘Judith Hindel’ grows up to 24 inches and, liking a touch of sun, is displayed nicely at the Gardens Information Desk and Fly Trap Feast. Bright and showy, this popular pitcher plant captures insects, devouring them and absorbing the nutrients.

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Amazing Transformation

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Amazing Transformation

Early this spring around mid-March, the native Plains Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens underwent a simulated version of a vital ecological process of the shortgrass prairie -- FIRE. Fire is important in maintaining the structure and diversity of the shortgrass prairie ecosystem. Since human settlement, fire suppression has lead to the alteration of vegetation composition of the shortgrass prairie and the resulting biotic interactions. The prescribed burn at the Gardens performed...

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