Five easy pieces (A quintet of great gardens in Pueblo)
The Conrad Garden
It's the depths of winter...can you blame me for digging into my stockpile of images and basking a bit in a warm day in Pueblo, one of my favorite towns, in five gardens in peak bloom. Aaaah.
|The garden of Dr. Andrew and Michelle Conrad|
Looking at this pastoral scene you might not jump to the conclusion that it was photographed in Pueblo, Colorado, which is not usually thought of as a city of great gardens. Well, think again!
|The home and garden of Dr. Andrew and Michelle Conrad|
|Escobaria vivipara in the Conrad garden|
|Echinocereus reichenbachii in the Conrad garden|
|Manfreda maculosa in the Conrad garden|
|Closeup of the Conrad garden|
|Another view of the panorama|
|Dr. Andrew Conrad and his pride and joy.|
|Leo Chance, designer with Dr. Conrad|
The Adams garden
|Bill Adams in his rock garden|
|Penstemon alamosensis in the Adams' garden|
|Escobaria organensis in Bill Adams' garden|
|Escobaria sneedii in Bill Adams' garden|
Bill grows many treasures: this is an endangered species from Croatia--he can't even sell it at rock garden sales--too obscure! But in its native country it's on stamps and regalia of all sorts.
A wonderful view of the Adams backyard in oblique light. Everything looks good in oblique light.
One of Bill's many super troughts--I can't recall the name of the Dianthus on the left--but it's a cutie. The penstemon is P. laricifolius var. laricifolius. Never seen a better specimen in a garden (or Nature for that matter)...
The Municipal Garden
Not far from Bill's home is one of many wonderful xeric gardens that have cropped up all over Pueble under his influence (and tutelage): I found the combination here to be delightful...but then I am a tad prejudiced...
They haven't yet removed the gazania, as has been done at a few other gardens I know of (it is "exuberant")...
This garden is quite extensive, and was in peak bloom on May 31, 2010 when I took these pictures.
I believe thats Penstemon alamosensis again, a very rare plant in nature, but in Pueblo not so much! It makes a stunning combo with the catmint.
The City Garden
Bill took me to a truly wonderful garden nearer downtown full of treasures in peak bloom--here are the pix: I think they speak for themselves...
|Penstemon grandiflorus (foreground) and a red penstemon behind.|
The yellow columbine is Aquilegia chrysantha 'Denver Gold': an incredibly vigorous race of our native columbine that arose at Denver Botanic Gardens and now is widely cultivated.
I've expanded the image and determined the red penstemon is P. eatonii, native to western Colorado.
The white strip on the right is Anacyclus depressus...
|And the garden expands!|
The Barnett Garden
|Obligatory skull on number 47!|
|That's Oenothera caespitosa blooming white in the middle.|
|A bright magenta Penstemon pseudospectabilis in the middle--one of the best!|
A lot of those tiny cacti are very rare Pediocacti and Escobaria they've grown from seed--one of the best collections of rare native cacti in our region and beyond.