Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom
Good things come to those who wait we are told. Helleborus vesicarius seedlings were set out in spring of 2006 after a supplier donated a pot full of 20 seedlings with the warning that it was a very tricky species to grow.  He was in Virginia, not exactly a similar climate to southern Turkey and northern Syria where it is native.  Denver is perhaps not an exact match either, but closer with ...
A new decade brings more exciting transformation--to the Gardens, to our Botanic Buzz e-newsletter (sign up here to receive your copy), and soon, to our Web site. How do you like our new blog design? We have so many authors from all parts of the Gardens (click on the "More Authors" link in the right column under "authors" to see all of our most recent bloggers) that we wanted to make it even easier for you to...
Cold Snap, Warm Snap
[gallery orderby="title"] Its when it gets cold that you appreciate warmth.  Thick socks, long underwear, hats with ear flaps and home-knit scarfs become some of my favorite things.  Standing over the heat vent while the furnace is running is not far behind.  But here in Denver, we're fortunate to have daily highs even when the nightly temperature is low.  The snow is still crisp and white, but a midday trip through...
Coming into their own...
Dan Heims Distilled: Crazy Good Containers
Wednesday night at 7:00 PM -- Container Crazy
Signs of a new season
  Both are still rather close to the ground but with some warmer days their stems will lengthen  and soon they will come into full flower.  Despite their delicate demeanor both will easily tolerate temperatures into the single digits with no snow cover.  A light covering of snow will bring them through even colder temperatures.  Soon other earlier bloomers such as Erica, more Helleborus, Crocus, Iris reticulata, and Cyclamen will join them....
Botany is for Gardeners
Winter Beauty  in the Rock Alpine Garden
    Despite the balmy  54 degrees Fahrenheit it is as I write this, today is the official start of winter.  The winter solstice not only marks  the official start of winter but ironically the return to longer and eventually warmer days.  Winter has already made several visits to Denver long before the winter solstice this year.  Acantholimons or prickly thrift add green, silver, or ghostly gray hedgehog like mounds to the rock garden...
Autumn blooms
Autumn is never my favorite season but it is perhaps the season that I find myself savoring moments and days the most. Soon a bitter north wind will be blowing and the 2009 gardening season will be but a memory and photos. In the mean time there is much to admire on these balmy late autumn days. Panayoti Kelaidis wrote about a nice array of fall blooming crocus last month and...
Now is the dawning of the age of the Meadow

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