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The second snowiest winter in Denver history: as I look at this picture of my garden in late June, I am startled at all the verdure, the lush growth...it seems like another planet, not something that will be ho hum in four months. Nothing terribly rare here: Clary sage, Achillea filipendula on the right, The speckled blue flowers under the purple shrub are on Geranium magniflorum, which I blogged about recently.

A view of the same scene looking back towards the house from the path in the middle: I took the first picture from that balcony. The orange and yellow are Glaucium spp., and the lavender purple is Salvia cyanescens.

Even the prairie garden and xeriscape look positively verdant in June....aaaah! This time of year when I look at these pictures, I yearn for heat. Of course, next June I will be looking back at winter fondly....are we mortals ever satisfied? This one was probably taken in early June. Hard to believe every winter the difference a few months of growing season makes.…

Memory is iconic: of nerds and travel.

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Don't expect a disquisition. I have actually studied Byzantine art and traveled in the eastern Mediterranean seeking out the tiny remnant mosaic clad churches of that era. I could bore you to death with art history. I know nothing about stained glass, and likely won't ever. I took these pictures on Monday, February 20 at the marvellous Cathedral in Basel. I'm not even sure why it is called the Münster (as are several other glorious Central European cathedrals including the one of the city of Münster with that name as well: I was going to do some scholarly research and tell you why, but this blog is really not about history per se: it's about color, perhaps. Touristing). Like all Blogs, it's about the blogger. And you, the reader. My blogs are usually about flowers and plants. And color (since flowers and plants are all about color). Like flowers, stained glass fits into the category of "something everyone enjoys looking at but not necessarily knowing a whole l…

Eye of the Pheasant (Adonis)

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Almost a year ago I blogged for Denver Botanic Gardens on Adonis amurensis, one of only a handful of plants that will bloom in the depths of winter. I recall the first time I saw this species was at my mentor's house (Paul Maslin), well over forty years ago, blooming during a January thaw. A small clump in the Rock Alpine Garden just managed to pop a few flowers last week, maintaining, its unsullied reputation as harbinger...




This is one of my champion clumps at home: I have not been on the famous spring bank at Winterthur in early spring, but apparently they have hundreds if not thousands of these that bloom there in March (weather dependent of course)...that I would like to see! I blather on quite a bit about this in my other blog, which you should reference (it is hypertext in the first sentence of this blog), but for now, all I wish do ask is why pheasant's eye? that seems to be the only common name attached to this genus...



Perhaps this is the reason: I have seen pictures…

Just a few more months...

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We just had Scott Winter talk to our rock garden club--the very talented fellow who created this gem of a garden at the Colorado Springs' Untilities' Xeriscape Demonstration garden just north of Fillmore on Mesa: this is just one corner of an extensive and beautifully designed garden that features no end of microclimates and rocky gardens. I know there are great charms in winter--and it is stunningly beautiful outside as we accumulate nearly 18" of snow in much of Denver (and over 45" in one day in Gilpin County nearby!)...and in a few weeks I shall be in the Swiss Alps at a ski resort gazing at glaciers and freezing my Euro-tooshie...

The Nobel-prize winning Greek poet, George Seferis wrote a poem that has resonated through my life (and expresses some of my yearning for spring coincidentally)...recalling Xenophon and his tattered troops, perhaps, after the nightmare crossing of Anatolia:

Just a little more and we shall see the almond trees in blossom
the marbles shini…