My Week: January 7th

My Week: January 7th

January 7, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
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...Read more
Winter Gardens: Week of December 10th

Winter Gardens: Week of December 10th

December 10, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
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...Read more
Winter Interest - What Is It? Part One.

Winter Interest - What Is It? Part One.

November 19, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
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...Read more
Winter Gardens: Week of November 12th

Winter Gardens: Week of November 12th

November 12, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
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...Read more
The Weekly Bloom: November 4th

The Weekly Bloom: November 4th

November 4, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
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!Read more
Autumn crocuses: the real thing

Autumn crocuses: the real thing

October 17, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
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.Read more
Blazing star anomaly

Blazing star anomaly

October 14, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
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...Read more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of October 9th

The Weekly Bloom: Week of October 9th

October 8, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• 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...Read more
Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part III

Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part III

September 27, 2010 | Joe Tomocik
The tropical waterlilies now sport bold purplish leaves; a reflection of autumn’s cooler and shorter days.Read more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 25th

The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 25th

September 24, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Bits: Colchicum—Autumn Crocuses—are pushing up in a number of places, most notably Shady Lane and the Perennial Walk. They are big and beautiful, especially in combination with other flowers. • Pieces: Verbena bonariensis has been in bloom for awhile now, but in masses, it really shows off. See...Read more

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