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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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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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Bold, Beautiful Brownea

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Bold, Beautiful Brownea

This time of year, while rather bleak and cold outside, really gets me excited for what's growing on in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. As I was watering this morning, I could not take my eyes off of the absolutely beautiful Brownea ariza. The big, bold, red flowers always seem to slow time down for a few minutes and remind me of how much beauty really exists in my "office."

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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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Don't Miss It! Week of January 23rd

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Don't Miss It! Week of January 23rd

• On your way to the Lollipop Plant, stop to admire Phaius tankervilliae, a stunning member of the orchid family also known as a Nun’s Cap Orchid or Swamp Lily. This winter-blooming native of the Asian tropics will retain its flowers for a long time. You will see it on your right as you head up the left-hand path. • On the north side of the building you will find the cheerful flowers...

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Don't Miss It! Week of January 16th

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Don't Miss It! Week of January 16th

• You can just feel the excitement (well, I can!) in the Lilac Garden, where fat buds cover the bare twigs of the Lilacs (mostly Syringa var). These flower buds have been developing since shortly after last year’s lilac bloom was finished (which is why you want to prune your lilac immediately after it blooms, and not now.) By this time of year, they look like they can hardly wait...

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