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What in blazes?

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Liatris ligulistylis I was born in Colorado, and have spent most of my life here--and lots of time poking around the plains and mountains--to the extent that I've seen and can identify most of the showier native wildflowers, and a good many of the less showy ones as well. A few have escaped me.

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Titanic Tithonia

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Tithonia rotundifolia For years I have admired this giant daisy at Denver Botanic Gardens, where it is planted here or there in various annual groupings. This year, I decided it was time to enjoy it at home. I obtained a few small seedlings from a nursery in Arvada and planted them out rather late...wondering if I'd see a flower before frost!

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Spring Plant Sale Busy and Gardens Still Beautiful

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Mountain Ash in bloom at the Plant Sale

Just when you see the Gardens is busy, busy, busy with shoppers and sellers, it takes a matter of a few steps to disappear away from the crowds. At Spring Plant Sale, I certainly drooled my share over the water-smart plants and flirted with other blooms in the diversity of sections. But I wound my way back towards the front by stepping off the wide, busy pathways and meandering through the Woodland Mosaic.

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To Gardens With Love

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Gardens are wonderful. Understatement! Gardens (and the plants that inhabit them) provide so much to humanity, a Valentine ode seems appropriate. O, Gardens, I love thee because:

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Some Plants for All Seasons

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Spells of fairly warm winter weather are a hallmark of Colorado’s Front Range, providing us lucky residents a great chance to spend some time outdoors when our more easterly neighbors remain oppressed by grey cold.  Conifers are great for some winter greenery both in the wild and in gardens, but don’t overlook their more evolved cousins, broad-leaved evergreens.  Like the coniferous sort, broad-leaved evergreens hold

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