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What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom

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What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom

Saturday's warm weather drew out more bulbs and other early bloomers, and finally its beginning to look like March should.  March belongs to several genera in the rock garden, Crocus, Galanthus and Helleborus are just a few genera that shine in March.  I hope to do a blog on both Galanthus and Helleborus in due time. First we will revisit the genus Crocus, the main focus of last week's blog.  The...

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Is it Spring Yet? Early bulbs and other Harbingers of spring starting in Rock Alpine Garden

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Is it Spring Yet? Early bulbs and other Harbingers of spring starting in Rock Alpine Garden

While the official solar start of spring is still eight days away on March 20th, I think it is safe to say that spring has sprung in the Rock Alpine Garden. True, there may be many more snow storms and still plenty of mornings to scrape ice off of windshields, but the true harbingers of spring are in full glory now. Other gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens are showing signs of spring as well,...

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Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

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Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

Good things come to those who wait we are told. Helleborus vesicarius seedlings were set out in spring of 2006 after a supplier donated a pot full of 20 seedlings with the warning that it was a very tricky species to grow.  He was in Virginia, not exactly a similar climate to southern Turkey and northern Syria where it is native.  Denver is perhaps not an exact match either, but closer with ...

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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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