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Tulipomania again!

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Tulipomania again!

Waterlily tulips (Tulipa kaufmanniana) in the O'Fallon Perennial Border I have always had a predilection for the various kinds of wild tulips, many of which are every bit as colorful and showy as they hybrid kinds. I planted waterlily tulips (Tulipa kaufmanniana) repeatedly in the Rock Alpine Garden when I was curator of that garden: a few colonies still persist, but I never dreamed we would have this stellar display in...

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"I have plucked this sprig of Heather"

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"I have plucked this sprig of Heather"

Erica carnea 'Vivelli' in Rock Alpine Garden  I've been disappointed in a few plants this spring: some of the bulbs have passed too quickly, and with our polar cold (-22F at my house) there has been winter damage, albeit far less than I feared. But the winter heaths are simply spectacular. I am distressed that plants that thrive so manifestly, that we have shown off so superbly at Denver Botanic Gardens...

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Magnolia roulette....dodging the frosty bullet

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Magnolia roulette....dodging the frosty bullet

Magnollia stellataThere are two stunning magnolias on the southwest corner of Denver Botanic Gardens' Waring house. They have been coming into bloom for several weeks, and the white star magnolia is in peak bloom as I type this. I have  used these as "Poster Girls" of how NOT to plant magnolias: do NOT put them on the hot south side of your house (except, that is, for the evergreen sorts--these...

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