The Weekly Bloom: Week of March 20th

The Weekly Bloom: Week of March 20th

March 19, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Clearing: Last season’s grasses and stalks are being removed to make way for the fresh green shoots and leaves already poking up. Volunteers are a key piece of the action around here, and this time of year they are swarming the grounds like an industrious army of ants, leaving neat, tidy beds in...Read more
What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom

What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom

March 16, 2010 | Mike Kintgen
Saturday's warm weather drew out more bulbs and other early bloomers, and finally its beginning to look like March should. March belongs to several genera in the rock garden, Crocus, Galanthus and Helleborus are just a few genera that shine in March. I hope to do a blog on both Galanthus and...Read more
Is it Spring Yet? Early bulbs and other Harbingers of spring starting in Rock Alpine Garden

Is it Spring Yet? Early bulbs and other Harbingers of spring starting in Rock Alpine Garden

March 12, 2010 | Mike Kintgen
While the official solar start of spring is still eight days away on March 20th, I think it is safe to say that spring has sprung in the Rock Alpine Garden. True, there may be many more snow storms and still plenty of mornings to scrape ice off of windshields, but the true harbingers of spring are...Read more
Beautiful Blooms in The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Beautiful Blooms in The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

March 11, 2010 | Nick Daniel
Now, to introduce some of our fauna. Every once in a while as we deem necessary, my team releases Anolis carolinensis, or the green anole lizard into the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory. We like to have them around as they help with insect control as well as add yet another important tropical...Read more
Blooming at the Gardens, Week of March 13th

Blooming at the Gardens, Week of March 13th

March 11, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Wrap your tongue around the lovely Pseuderanthemum reticulatum—well, not the plant itself, but that name! It means “netted false eranthemum”— the netting being the veined pattern on the golden and green leaves. Just now it sports delicate blossoms, white with a sprinkling of purple. See it on the...Read more
In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of March 6

In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of March 6

March 5, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Textures: Dryland Mesa never ceases to amaze, with an astonishing array of form and color. • Favorite lunch spot this week: On a cool, sunny day, there is no better lunch spot then a bench on the Green Roof. Bask in the rays and enjoy the view. The Green Roof Garden is great looking this time of...Read more
Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.

Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.

March 4, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Poor drabas! Such a colorless name...and they have other image problems too--that acid yellow color and their general similarity to one another. Oh well: some of us look beyond these superficialities. We have a welter of alpine drabas we must wait until June to see in the alpine, but if you are...Read more
Fresh New Planting in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Fresh New Planting in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

March 3, 2010 | Nick Daniel
If you haven't been able to swing in and check out the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory in the last couple of weeks, now is a great time. We have just recently finished a bed renovation that is sure to please all who come to enjoy it. My teammates and I decided to not hold anything back on this one...Read more
In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of February 27

In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of February 27

February 27, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• 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...Read more
Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

February 19, 2010 | Mike Kintgen
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...Read more

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