Jewel of a Jade Vine

Jewel of a Jade Vine

April 13, 2008 | Matt Cole
The jade vine is in full bloom! There are two long, hanging columns of flowers right now, with a few more to go. Green flowers have the reputation of being subtle, but this is really wild! I was up on the mezzanine, and a cluster of garden visitors was exclaiming over it. We agreed that describing...Read more
Jade Vine anticipation

Jade Vine anticipation

April 4, 2008 | Matt Cole
It's a wonderful, bulbous life

It's a wonderful, bulbous life

March 21, 2008 | Matt Cole
When I wrote that bulbs have a tough life, I was looking at only one side of the story. They have a wonderful life! Just look at the exuberant Iris and Crocus and how they add color and exuberance to the early spring landscape. They were under the snow earlier this week, but they really shook it...Read more
Orchid Show Today

Orchid Show Today

March 8, 2008 | Matt Cole
The Spring Orchid Show is up today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9). I snapped this shot (above) of a Phragmipedium and feel lucky to have seen it. It reminds of the ladyslipper orchids I used to see growing up in the Eastern woods. But it was so red and striking! I was quite taken...Read more
It's a tough, bulbous life.

It's a tough, bulbous life.

March 3, 2008 | Matt Cole
The life of a bulb is a tough one. For the bulk of the year, the plant lives underground and dormant, enduring until it's time to shine. These Iris just get themselves up and going and Sunday's snow put the brakes on. Nonetheless, winter will end and more and more bulbs and flowers will take...Read more
Cheerful Crocus in Bloom

Cheerful Crocus in Bloom

February 22, 2008 | Matt Cole
As I was walking through the crossroads toward the Boettcher Memorial Education Building, I met local garden writer Marcia Tatroe and her husband Randy photographing Yucca and Dasylirion . We chatted about the lovely day, and then Marcia turned me on to some Crocus blooming in the Water-Smart...Read more
Snowdrop Blooming in the Rock Alpine Garden

Snowdrop Blooming in the Rock Alpine Garden

February 14, 2008 | Doris Boardman
A native of Turkey and the Balkans, Galanthus elwesii (giant snowdrop) is found throughout these countries and into Bulgaria, northeastern Greece, eastern Serbia and Montenegro on into the Southern Ukraine. It differs from the common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis in its galucous leaves and more...Read more
Escape to the Tropics

Escape to the Tropics

February 7, 2008 | Doris Boardman
If you are looking for something amazing to do at the Gardens right now, visit our Cloud Forest Tree exhibit, at the west end of the Boettche r Memorial Tropical Conservatory. The Cloud Forest Tree and the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory always have something blooming, so even when it is cold and...Read more

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