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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 23rd

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 23rd

Check out the kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea) in the All-America Selections Garden. A relative of cabbage, this plant looks like it flew in from outer space. • Fruits: Find the hidden mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) with their red fruit in PlantAsia. And yes, the profuse apricot blossoms did not disappoint this year; the trees in the Scripture Garden are laden with fruit. Favorite lunch spot this week: Climb to the high hidden bench in Gates...

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Flavors to Savor in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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Flavors to Savor in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

When it is as hot outside (and inside the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory), as it has been, I tend to find myself eating more ice cream. Last night as I was enjoying a mixed bowl of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, it made me think about two of my favorite plants in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory:  Theobroma cacao, or chocolate, and Vanilla planifolia or, you guessed it, vanilla. V. planifolia is...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 16th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 16th

• Heat Lovers: Senior Horticulturist Dan Johnson, who oversees many of our xeric gardens, notes that the Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is in full bloom just now, providing waves of lavender flowers and a dry, sagey scent. He also calls out the Mexican cone flower (Ratbidia columnifera) for its vibrant golden or red-gold colors. See both in the Water-Smart Garden and elsewhere. • Whites: Now is a great time to catch a few...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 9th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 9th

• Creepers: Ranunculus ‘Buttered Popcorn’ crawls in and out among the plants in the Perennial Walkway, brightening the bed with its variegated leaves and yellow buttercup flowers. And out in the xeric Wildflower Treasures garden, you can see plenty of Ruellia, a wild form of perennial petunia covered with lavender flowers. Then stop by the Lilac Garden to see the intertwined leaves of both the green and gold versions of Creeping...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 2nd

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 2nd

• And One More: One of my favorite, Lespedeza var. (Bush clover), is blooming in the Japanese Garden now, and will soon bloom in the Cottonwood Border. Its delicate look belies its ability to stand up to the heat. Favorite lunch spot this week: Head to the obvious spot—the Monet Deck—for shaded tables with a view: north to the waterlilies, or south to the restful kitchen garden (Le Potager.) Gardens to spend time...

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Waterlilies on Fire at the Gardens

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Waterlilies on Fire at the Gardens

Flowering abundantly and gloriously at the Welcome Garden and Romantic Garden pools are the Gardens' signature Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection (RMLC) waterlilies. Visitors will be treated to an unforgettable display of magical, mesmerizing, delectable waterlilies. See some closeups of these beauties:   Have fun!

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 26

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 26

• Back Roads: Wandering the back paths within the Gardens, you’ll run across beauties such as the huge, deep blue flowers of Scabiosa caucasica, way back in Woodland Mosaic. You’ll come across a thicket of the huge-leafed Petasites japonicus, deep off the main path in the Japanese Garden. And you’ll see a bit of behind-the-scenes in the form of hidden compost piles and plants waiting to go in the ground.

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 17

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 17

but step into the Rose Garden and you know for sure. The roses had a hard winter this year, but they are coming back in force and now is the time to pay them a visit. • Non-Scents: A couple of favorites are blooming now: purple smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) always stands out with its deep purple leaves and halo of “smoky” plumed blossoms. You can find these in a number...

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Lilac Garden's Stunning Display of Colorful Irises

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Lilac Garden's Stunning Display of Colorful Irises

       Like several other bloggers here, I have really enjoyed the irises in bloom in the Lilac Garden.  They're stunning!  While we all rhapsodize about how colorful the blooms are, and how marvelous the experience is, I keep going back and finding another gem in the display.  (Of course, that is what we all do: whether it's Lisa's post or Joe's or Ellen's, you see the gems we've just uncovered and...

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