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Gardening with Natives

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Gardening with Natives

Cleome serrulata – Rocky Mountain bee plant – Easily grown from seed, as the name suggests these purple annuals are a favorite with bees. They range in height from 2 feet to over 6 feet depending on seed & conditions. Ipomopsis aggregata – Scarlet gilia – this biennial is a favorite with hummingbirds. Also good at higher elevations. The first year they form pretty...

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In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of February 27

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In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of February 27

• Although you’re all welcome to come crocus-spotting at my house, here at the Gardens, you’ll see plenty of signs of life this week. Find snowdrops in the Oak Grove and at the very western end of the Gardens, along the Cheesman fence. • Tiny blue Iris reticulata are making an appearance in the Rock Alpine Garden. • And we have our own yellow crocuses (croci?) a-blooming here and there, most notably...

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MacArthur 'Genius' David Montgomery Speaks: Real Dirt on Soil

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[gallery orderby="title"] When gardeners dish the dirt, they may speak of soil, either their own or the soil they wished they had.  It really is the bed in which you make your garden lie.  So 2008 MacArthur 'Genius' award recipient David Montgomery, author of  Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, is the perfect speaker to help peer into our soil's soul and see what sustainable means to the planet's soil. Speaking at March 4th's...

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Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

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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 ...

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Digging into the Gardens...join us!

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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...

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Cold Snap, Warm Snap

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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...

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Signs of a new season

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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....

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