Posts

Showing posts from October, 2016

A heavenly Storksbill...Erodium absinthoides ssp. ?

Image
Mike Kintgen first obtained this from Robin Parer's amazing Geraniaceae (she doesn't list it right now) and Denver Botanic Gardens has been trying to determine how to propagate it (perhaps for Plant Select?)...but right now, you can see this most amazing storksbill blooming its head off still in late October in the Steppe Garden...this isn't just the best storksbill--it's one of the best compact perennials I've ever grwn. Just had to share!


Sorry the right hand flower is out of focus, Michael McLaughlin! (He's my focus guru)--but this gives you a better glimpse...


I just took this a few minutes ago in MY garden, showing you the foliage...


More on the Steppe Garden...



Perhaps this gets the impact best?


 I can't get enough of it!



With a glimmer of backlight in my home garden a few minutes ago...

And this is what it looked like seven months earlier in April (it's been blooming nonstop by the way) in Mike Kintgen's amazing front garden:


Ta DA!


Why &qu…

Silence! I Kale You!

Image
My colleagues at Denver Botanic Gardens have gone Kale Krazy--and I have to admit, I experience a sort of guilty pleasure admiring these ludicrous, crinkly balls of nutrition. I have to admit, I'd much rather look at Kale as eat it! So mostly for the fun of it, I'm sharing this terrific late season madness from the Gardens. I remember when October and November were the "slow" season, but the parking lot is full, and displays like these certainly don't go unappreciated! Oh yes, the title: I'm a huge Jeff Dunmire fan, and Ahmed is my favorite! He may even show up by the end...




The Grand Display alongside the West Terrace...Pretty cool, don't you think?






Aha! Ahmed DID show up--he's six or more feet tall, and quite a showman for El Dia de los Muertos--do come by and admire the altars and the other wonderful decorations throughout the gardens. And oh yes, some pretty awesome collections as well--featured in the NEXT blog in a day or two...

A rhubarb to die for...

Image
One of my MANY favorite quotations by Chekhov is that "In descriptions of Nature one must seize on small details, grouping them so that when the reader closes his eyes he gets a picture. For instance, you’ll have a moonlit night if you write that on the mill dam a piece of glass from a broken bottle glittered like a bright little star, and that the black shadow of a dog or a wolf rolled past like a ball.”


I should have stopped at Florida and Uinta this afternoon where I was driving, and saw below me Denver outstretched to the west, a half hour or so before sunset: all lavender and mauve with a band of vivid vanilla, golden light on the horizon, and the trees of the city all golden--old gold, but also schoolbus yellow: poplars at the height of fall color, but also elms, the last ash, but also lindens and all manner of oaks as well--with the occasional scarlet smudge here and there. Simply awesome! But notice how the rhubarb has changed in three weeks--when Mike Bone photogra…

Pray for the prairie dogs, please!

Image
I was in the Bozeman, Montana airport last September, waiting for my flight. An  ordinary enough fellow--probably my age--was sitting nearby with friends or family. He began telling them about he loved to drive out to thus and such a ranch in some Montana county and shoot prairie dogs, and how he did it in Idaho, and  here and there and everywhere it seemed. He was matter of fact: I don't know if it was for "sport" or for some sort of bounty (various agencies have paid for prairie dog eradication)...There was an undertone of cheeriness in his repartee I found incredibly repellent.

I have become very fond of the works of Joe Truett--a champion of Western conservation who writes eloquently and knowledgeably about this much maligned and misunderstood rodents: I highly recommend reading his book entitled Grass: in search of Human Habitat. You will never look at prairie dogs the same way ever again.

I sincerely hope there is some celestial place where the prairie dogs have t…

A study in reds (Denver Botanic Gardens October 18, 2016)

Image
All of these pictures were taken about 5:30-6:00PM on a rapid visit of two or three of the dozens of gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens. Ordinarily, we will have had hard frost by now, but this is obviously a special year. It seems the various shades of red/vermilion/fulminating scarlet are the theme of the evening and this blog, starting with Tigridia, which was still blooming in the Ellipse garden. For some reason, the images weren't all loaded sequentially--so scenes reappear randomly. So be it (I don't have the time or inclination to spend  hours fixing things!). I'll try and label what I can...