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For the birds

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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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It's a wonderful, bulbous life

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It's a wonderful, bulbous life

When I wrote that bulbs have a tough life, I was looking at only one side of the story.  They have a wonderful life!  Just look at the exuberant Iris and Crocus and how they add color and exuberance to the early spring landscape.  They were under the snow earlier this week, but they really shook it off and kept going.

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Urban Nature is on its Way

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Urban Nature is on its Way

I saw works by a few of the artists contributing this summer's Urban Nature exhibit here at Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street just recently. Their work is so striking! Unfortunately, the official announcement of the material is still under wraps so all I can say is "It's gonna be great! Stay tuned!"

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Orchid Show Today

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Orchid Show Today

  The Spring Orchid Show is up today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9).  I snapped this shot (above) of a Phragmipedium and feel lucky to have seen it.  It reminds of the ladyslipper orchids I used to see growing up in the Eastern woods.  But it was so red and striking!  I was quite taken with it.  But if its not to your fancy, look to the bottom photo and see what a range of blooming beauties the Denver Orchid Society has on display.

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Spring Comes Quickly

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Spring Comes Quickly

The melt-off seems terrifically quick after such a thorough snow storm.  Spring will take hold before you know it.  Now is a great time to watch a garden for changes between one day and the next.  Come stroll through the Gardens and see the transformations right before your eyes.

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It's a tough, bulbous life.

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It's a tough, bulbous life.

    The life of a bulb is a tough one.  For the bulk of the year, the plant lives underground and dormant, enduring until it's time to shine.  These Iris just get themselves up and going and Sunday's snow put the brakes on. Nonetheless, winter will end and more and more bulbs and flowers will take advantage of warming spring to make their entry into life above ground.  Look at this series of three photos:...

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The frogs have started to call

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The frogs have started to call

We’ve had the poison dart frogs here in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory since early November when they were still pretty young. Conservatory staff members have been raising fruit flies, dusting them with vitamins, and feeding them to the frogs every day since then, and we are amazed at how much the frogs have grown.

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