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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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Don't Miss It! Week of January 9th

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Don't Miss It! Week of January 9th

• Easily one of the most interesting winter-time trees in our garden is the Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’). Also known as Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (after an old-time Scottish comedian whose trademark was his walking stick,) its branches twist and turn. Like other hazelnut trees, such as the Turkish Filbert (Corylus colurna), this tree puts out its flowers—in the form of catkins—in the dead of winter; it’s covered in them...

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Winter Beauty in the Rock Alpine Garden

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Winter Beauty  in the Rock Alpine Garden

    Despite the balmy  54 degrees Fahrenheit it is as I write this, today is the official start of winter.  The winter solstice not only marks  the official start of winter but ironically the return to longer and eventually warmer days.  Winter has already made several visits to Denver long before the winter solstice this year.  Acantholimons or prickly thrift add green, silver, or ghostly gray hedgehog like mounds to the rock garden...

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Don’t Miss It! Week of December 19th

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Don’t Miss It! Week of December 19th

• The Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa) is a colorful native of southern Asia and Polynesia, and has been put to many uses by indigenous people. Its sweet, starchy roots are used as food and fermented into alcohol, and its leaves are used to thatch houses as well as to make hula skirts. Thought to bring luck and have spiritual powers, Ti is widely planted in Hawai’i and elsewhere. See it on...

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