To protect the innocent, I must omit the name of the involved party, in this case, a plant. A beautiful temptress of a plant. I was compelled to pull it close to my face to take a deep sniff of a gorgeous bloom. Alas, like so many beauties, there was no scent. But getting that close allowed me to see a glistening drop of nectar at the flower’s center, I...
Jade Vine Still Blooming
Just an update: I thought it was finishing (first photo above), this green-blossomed liana of a legume shows that it has the long haul in mind.  I've discovered that there are several more inflorescences on the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) and that you might be able to see it bloom either upstairs or down in the Conservatory.  The staff and volunteers at the Information Desk assure me they have people...
Do you smell what I smell?
This past couple of weeks while wandering the Gardens and around Denver it seems that there is another fantastic scent greeting my nose around every corner. The cool spring seems to have slowed down the early blooming shrubs and now we have a profusion of flowers that are lasting longer than usual with the cooler temperatures that keep hitting every week (usually with a few snow flakes) helping to keep...
A Busy Day
Wow!  That was a fantastic Earth Day.  About 6,000 people passed through the Gardens, seeing, learning and enjoying. It's a chance for the Gardens to show its special strengths, like the Water-Smart Garden (above).  The Mayor visited to launch the Denver Daisy (Rudbeckia 'Denver Daisy') and many people took notice, including the Denver Post.  300,000 seed packets could mean that the city is covered in them by the end of summer. I...
A Fire Renews: See the Results for Earth Day
  Remember that photographic puzzler I posted? Well, yes, the answer seems to have been widely known: the Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden was undergoing its every-few-years renewal burning. The other, exciting picture above captures a bit of the day, and the other shows blackened swaths. The sedate pictures below reveal the exciting success of the burn.    
Sustainability Fair comes with a Green Discount
Today the Gardens were just lovely! I took advantage the great weather and strolled past blossoming trees and bulbs, bursting buds and leafing limbs, everything downright wonderful. What a contrast from Wednesday night! I guess when the weather is so beautiful, the wisdom of carpe diem becomes obvious.  Seize the day and enjoy the Gardens right now because its changing every day. True, it always changes every day, but the changes are especially numerous right now.
It's snow lovely
Wednesday's sudden snow may have been inconvenient for an evening commute, but it sure was lovely. Members who turned out for their night got a real treat, as long as they enjoyed the snow.  I popped out and grabbed a few shots before the flakes melted into my clothes.  Wednesday night was also the first time that Urban Nature has been on display for an audience.  Congratulations to everyone who put that together! ...
New Look at Home
I can't imagine most people who find this page won't have already discovered our home page has a new look. But it does, and so I want to say congratulations to everyone who brought it together!
Jewel of a Jade Vine
The jade vine is in full bloom! There are two long, hanging columns of flowers right now, with a few more to go.  Green flowers have the reputation of being subtle, but this is really wild!  I was up on the mezzanine, and a cluster of garden visitors was exclaiming over it.  We agreed that describing them as "green just doesn't really cover it."Since my previous post quoting Nick Snakenberg, the...
For the birds
  One quiet afternoon recently, I took a walk in the garden and discovered how popular it was with the local birds.  Many rested in high branches but others accepted my presence at roughly eye level.  It doesn't mean they posed for the camera. I certainly needed the practice try to catch moving targets. The birds above are a northern flicker, a robin and house finches in a tree, a chickadee (that came remarkably close...

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