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So Your Garden is Rusting

So Your Garden is Rusting

June 16, 2012 | John Murgel
As we swing into high summer and garden plants kick into overdrive, the fungi, bacteria, and viruses that rely on them start making appearances too. These plant pathogens manifest themselves in many ways, from the elegant to the grotesque. Rust fungi are one common pathogen that show up with warmer...Learn more
It's Euxoa Time

It's Euxoa Time

May 3, 2012 | John Murgel
Plants aren’t the only thing becoming more active this time of year. Warmer weather triggers a lot of invertebrate activity, and you may be noticing that your home is suddenly (apparently) some sort of transcontinental superhighway for arthropods. Which is just one of the reasons that I love...Learn more
Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

April 3, 2012 | John Murgel
Few things signify spring like trees covered in blossoms. Spring so far has been on the early side, thanks to our warmer than usual temperatures through March. Many species that would oftentimes only be beginning to bloom at this time of year are already finished flowering—they seem to think it’s...Learn more
Do Plants Grow Old?

Do Plants Grow Old?

March 29, 2012 | John Murgel
At first glance it seems obvious that plants age right along with everything else on planet earth. Everyone can recognize an old tree. But is ageing really the same as being weather-worn? Compared to human ageing, where progressive deterioration of physiological function eventually leads to death,...Learn more

Four Spring Gardens Last Week across Denver

March 24, 2012 | Matt Cole
I didn't realize until now that I visited four public gardens last week. Naturally, I saw something different at each, and more remarkably, I had my camera with me. I hadn't planned to compare the four, but why not? Four Gardens in different places between central Denver and the Chatfield area...Learn more
Ah, Spring!  The North Takes a Deep Breath

Ah, Spring! The North Takes a Deep Breath

March 20, 2012 | John Murgel
One of my earliest science class memories (and maybe one of yours, too) is learning that people and other animals “breathe oxygen” and plants “breathe carbon dioxide”. I carried this gem all the way to AP biology in high school, when things got complicated. As it turns out, plants need and use...Learn more

Morning Rain Brightens Gardens for Spring

March 9, 2012 | Matt Cole
[gallery link="file" orderby="title"] Rain may not brighten your day, but I was positively enthusiastic about it this week. After enough winter, it seemed like a sign of spring and a chance to step into the Gardens. My shoes clomped across wet pavement and I relished the sensation. When I hit a...Learn more
The Importance of Being Ephemeral

The Importance of Being Ephemeral

March 6, 2012 | John Murgel
The first daffodils are peeking through the soil, and some of the earliest bulbs—crocus and galanthus—are finishing up their flowering cycle. As spring progresses we will watch the annual parade of our favorites: tulips, allium, eremurus, and others will flower and vanish before the worst of summer...Learn more
Reviewed: "Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens"

Reviewed: "Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens"

February 21, 2012 | David Rubin
The following review comes to us from Maggie Lee, a New Mexico-based garden designer quite familiar with drought-tolerant plants. In their new book, "Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens," Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden offer a unique resource of 200 adaptive plants ranging from trees to...Learn more
Better Red than Dead

Better Red than Dead

February 21, 2012 | John Murgel
The classic explanation of winter reddening is that red pigments protect plants from the effects of too much light. This makes sense in observation--plants in full sun in the winter often turn red, while shaded members of the same species stay green. It’s initially perhaps a bit of a stretch to...Learn more

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