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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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Foxtail lily botanic gardens

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Foxtail lily botanic gardens

Foxtail lily hybrids in the Ornamental Grasses garden If you've been to Denver Botanic Gardens in the last month you can hardly have missed them: no, not the Henry Moore sculptures (albeit they stand out!), I'm talking about foxtail lilies: Eremurus. These stand out (and stand up!) in a dozen gardens: bristling exclamation points that are impossible to miss. The literal translation of this Greek-derived scientific name is "Desert tail", which isn't quite accurate. Foxtail...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 12

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 12

• Xeric Bounty: Now is a great time to stop by Dryland Mesa. The prickly pears (Opuntia aurea) whose pads were such a lovely red in the winter are now sporting eye-catching magenta flowers. Other cactus and desert plants are in bloom, and what looks to be this season’s sole agave flower is pushing up its gigantic stem. Favorite lunch spot this week: The benches on the west end of the...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 5

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 5

• Those Tall Spiky Things: This is the season for Eremurus, also known as Foxtail Lily or Desert Candle. Native to the steppe climate of Central Asia and northern India, these bulbs put up spikes in whites, yellows, and coppery oranges. Find Eremurus all over the Gardens. • More Beautiful Beans: The pea and bean family (Fabaceae) offers some gorgeous flowering shrubs, trees, and vines. Among them in Baptisia, with brilliant blue flowers...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 29

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 29

• Peonies and Tree Peonies (Paeonia): June's PlantAsia is the place to look for both types, as peonies are native to Asia. Tree peonies retain their woody growth throughout the winter. Their leaves tend to be more blue-green than herbaceous peonies, and their flowers are often larger. You’ll find most of them along the secret path just beyond the ting. Herbaceous peonies die back completely over winter, and have foliage...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 21

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 21

• Black: Dark purple-black foliage gives a garden a cool, sophisticated look. Take a look at the black Queen Anne’s Lace (Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’) with its tiny white flowers. Or you might prefer the maroon Barberry (Berberis var.), at the moment absolutely covered in small yellow flowers. Find good examples of both of these in the Romantic Garden. • Green: Also covered in yellow flowers, Berberis dielsiana offers a green-leaved version...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 15

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 15

• Colors: Everywhere I look, I’ve been seeing fabulous color combinations, some produced by nature and others facilitated by our horticulture staff. After a grey and brown winter, the colors of the tulips and other standouts will knock your socks off. • Dryland Mesa: The ultra-xeric plants of Dryland Mesa are soaking up the recent rain, and repaying the bounty with their blooms. At the south end of this garden, you can see...

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