Winter Beauty  in the Rock Alpine Garden

Winter Beauty in the Rock Alpine Garden

December 21, 2009 | Mike Kintgen
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...Read more
Don’t Miss It! Week of December 19th

Don’t Miss It! Week of December 19th

December 18, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
• 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...Read more
Don't Miss It! Week of December 5th

Don't Miss It! Week of December 5th

December 5, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
• And Purple…: A trio of purples cascade from the top of the elevator tree. Three vines covered in blossoms intertwine: Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica) is a familiar warm-season introduction here, but is native to the tropical areas of the New World. Another familiar introduction is a form of...Read more
Is it spring yet?.....

Is it spring yet?.....

December 3, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis
I realize that here in Ski country it's not always popular to complain when the thermometer plummets and your back is saying "enough white stuff already!"...we inveterate gardeners frankly can't wait for spring. How accommodating it is to have crocuses! I took this picture in the Rock Alpine Garden...Read more
Don't Miss It! Week of November 21st

Don't Miss It! Week of November 21st

November 20, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
comes from the Greek: “encephalartos” literally means “bread in the head,” and lets you know that a starchy, bready food can be gathered from inside the round trunk. And of course “horridus” refers to its ferocious looking fronds. A Southern African native, this indoor plant loves dry heat and...Read more
Don't Miss It! Week of November 14th

Don't Miss It! Week of November 14th

November 13, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
Even as the season changes, there are still plenty of plants worth seeking out in the Gardens. Here are a few examples: • …And More Berries: You have to go see this one: Euonymus europaeus (from the Greek “good” + “name” + “european”—not that helpful in this case!) has the wildest color scheme I’ve...Read more
Autumn blooms

Autumn blooms

November 13, 2009 | Mike Kintgen
Autumn is never my favorite season but it is perhaps the season that I find myself savoring moments and days the most. Soon a bitter north wind will be blowing and the 2009 gardening season will be but a memory and photos. In the mean time there is much to admire on these balmy late autumn days...Read more
Don't Miss It! Week of November 7th

Don't Miss It! Week of November 7th

November 7, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
This time of year, a little inside and a little outside is where I want to be; it all depends on the weather. Luckily, either way I have something to see and something to learn. • Is This Tree Dead? No, actually, it is a Larix sibirica or Siberian Larch, which is a deciduous pine tree—that is, it...Read more
Don't Miss It! Week of October 31st

Don't Miss It! Week of October 31st

October 29, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
• Sometimes, when I go into the Boettcher Memorial Conservatory, I am looking for Big Leaves. Big Leaves really make me feel as though I am somewhere tropical. You can’t get a whole lot bigger than Anthurium hookeri ‘Big Bird’, a really big member of the Arum family (think of the Peace Lily.) • As...Read more
Don't Miss It! Week of October 24th

Don't Miss It! Week of October 24th

October 23, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
• Don’t forget to look down; you’ll notice a lot of low-growing color. Perennial Walk offers a particularly good example of Polygonum, and you can find plenty of low-growing Sumac (Rhus aromatica) spread beneath the trees in the Ponderosa Border.Read more

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