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My Week: January 14th

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My Week: January 14th

Alan’s weeks don’t vary much with the seasons. He says, “Every morning the [Boettcher Tropical] conservatory gets hand-watered for approximately two hours. This time is not only a great time to water, but it also gives me an opportunity to focus on individual plants while watering. I probably split my week with twenty hours in the conservatory and around twenty hours in the greenhouses. Daily maintenance is required for both the...

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My Week: January 7th

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My Week: January 7th

For Jackie, the first week of the year means making a pruning plan for tackling some of the trees in her gardens. Winter is a great time to prune, since trees are dormant and their structure is not hidden behind leaves. She is also doing some deep watering, as the weather permits, since we have had such a dry winter so far. She advises watering on a warm day when it’s...

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Winter Gardens: Week of December 10th

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Winter Gardens: Week of December 10th

  Medinilla speciosa is a stunner with magenta stems and purple-black berries, set against fat green leaves. Then there is Crinum, with explosive lavender blooms surrounded by strappy leaves. Moving into Marnie’s Pavilion, you’ll find color everywhere, from numerous orchids in bloom, to bromeliads and even tropical waterlilies. Finally, head west into the Orangery to catch sight—and scent—of the holiday display of cyclamen, gardenia, poinsettia, rosemary and various citrus trees. This space is...

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Winter Interest - What Is It? Part One.

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Winter Interest - What Is It? Part One.

Much like gardening in the challenging Colorado climate, finding winter interest in our gardens is about broadening our minds to expand our idea of what is beautiful. I chuckle when I think of the Gardens visitor who demanded a refund after spending a January afternoon here. “Everything’s dead!” he complained. Seed pods call for up-close inspection, to admire their form and efficiency. And without leaves, the berries of the barberry (Berberis)...

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Winter Gardens: Week of November 12th

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Winter Gardens: Week of November 12th

Often on my walks I see no one else, and as I pause to listen to the chittering of a squirrel or perhaps catch a glimpse of our resident fox, I reflect that in the middle of a city of more than a million people, I am virtually alone in nature—a wondrous thing! Even a light dusting of snow transforms every leaf, berry, and pod and makes a tired  garden look...

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The Weekly Bloom: November 4th

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The Weekly Bloom: November 4th

Waves of color can be seen everywhere: golden grasses next to fiery barberries (Berberis) in front of orange or yellow trees, beside deep green pines--there is a picture around every corner!

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Autumn crocuses: the real thing

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Autumn crocuses: the real thing

Crocus pulchellus in Rock Alpine GardenCrocus speciosus This is the wonderful patch of Crocus pulchellus (with one Crocus speciosus interloper!) across from the Succulent House in the Rock Alpine Garden.

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Blazing star anomaly

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Blazing star anomaly

Plains Garden, October 10, 2010 Each of the dozens of gardens right now glistens and glimmers with that late season bounty that suggests to many of us that this is indeed the loveliest of seasons. As the conflagration of autumn leaves joins the last blazing flowers of the year, the Rembrandtian colors of late autumn truly out paint the Giotto tints of spring. "Remembrance, like Rembrandt, is dark but...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of October 9th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of October 9th

• A Little Summer: I’ve been finding some sweet little color combinations lately, like this decorative oregano alongside hardy geraniums. Spot this in the Romantic Garden just outside the Herb Garden. Also check out the masses of Salvia azurea growing in the Cottonwood Border—not to be missed! • A Little Fall: Buckeye and sumac are starting to change color, with other signs of autumn not far behind. The buckeye trees (Aesculus glabra), with...

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