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"I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore..."

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"I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore..."

Oenothera macrocarpa v. fremontii Several of the loveliest native plants I have grown while at Denver Botanic Gardens are pretty much endemic to Kansas--this fabulous silvery leaf form of the Missouri Evening primrose is just one of them. We found this many miles west of where Larry had found it before, not too far from Colorado. It promises to be an even more xeric form of this indispensible garden plant. We found...

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Agave at the office....

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Agave at the office....

One thing you can be sure of: a lot of us will be monitoring these awesome plants all summer long. What a delightful way that nature has of reminding us that sculpture was not invented by the ancient Greeks or Egyptians: nature has been sculpting from time immemorial. Agaves are some of her supreme expressions, don't you agree?

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Unique plant treasure in Children's Garden

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Unique plant treasure in Children's Garden

Phlox grayi (vivid pink individual)There are some wonderful specimens of this phlox elsewhere at the gardens, but the colonies and masses of this rare phlox from Northern Arizona are simply breathtaking right now all over the Children's garden. It is fascinating to see how much each plant varies in flower color: this clone is especially a brilliant pink. This has to be one of our finest native plants for gardens....

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Secret treasures at the Gardens

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Secret treasures at the Gardens

 This is peak season for the giant troughs in Wildflower Treasures. You can get a wonderful preview of the alpine summer this time of year in these gardens.  I especially enjoy watching how plants growing in the troughs seem to practically climb out and have spread around the troughs on the ground. There is far more of this Townsendia ranging free around the bona fide stone trough  pictured above, but...

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