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...Learn more
Autumnal fire

Autumnal fire

October 10, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Haemanthus multiflorus This little honey is South African, and no...Mike Kintgen does not believe it is hardy (he lifts the bulbs before hard frost): but what a spectacle this magnificent Amaryllid makes in the South African Plaza! I have seen Brunsvigia and Haemanthus in South Africa, where they...Learn more
Spring is Officially Over

Spring is Officially Over

June 28, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
There are a few days in June when you can finally declare "Spring is over": usually after a week of 90F heat, when your garden is wilting. This date does not come directly on the Solstice: it can fall early in June. For me it was this morning: my garden at home that had been magnificent for months...Learn more
Himalayan may apple

Himalayan may apple

May 19, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
closeup of Podophyllum emodi Anyone who grew up in the Midwest knows the modest, nodding May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum) ubiquitous in the woods there. I suspect that not one in twenty visitors to Denver Botanic Gardens ever notice its modest cousin that blooms for a week or two in mid May every...Learn more
Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.

Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.

March 4, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Poor drabas! Such a colorless name...and they have other image problems too--that acid yellow color and their general similarity to one another. Oh well: some of us look beyond these superficialities. We have a welter of alpine drabas we must wait until June to see in the alpine, but if you are...Learn more
Coming into their own...

Coming into their own...

February 12, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Topsy turvy Crocuses...

Topsy turvy Crocuses...

October 20, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Autumn is imbued with intimations of mortality: dying leaves, dormancy, doom, gloom, Hallowe'en colors and ghosts and spooks: Boo! Gardeners know another side of this "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness": there are a number of plants that only begin blooming in September, with one or another...Learn more
Ah, Africa!

Ah, Africa!

September 25, 2008 | Panayoti Kelaidis

Welcome to Rocky Mountain Gardening

February 13, 2008 | Matt Cole
Rocky Mountain Gardening is just that--gardening through the length of the Rocky Mountains, which means that the climates are vastly varied. Denver is a mile above sea level and seems dry and windy, but compare that to the top a fourteener (that’s a mountain reaching 14,000 feet)! I’ve already...Learn more