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Crevice crazy

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Has it only been eight months since I last blogged about this garden? Do click on that blog (That Blog) for the backstory: Flash forward (for me this means 3 trips to California, New Zealand, England, Wisconsin, the Czech Republic and who knows what else intervening)...it feels like a century ago: but the garden has gone from strength to strength. Last Tuesday I was driving Michael Midgley (q.v.: the garden in Tekapo) who was visiting us before joining the NARGS tour to Wyoming, to visit his Denver relatives--who happened to live in Arvada a stone's throw from APEX: of COURSE we had to visit (and if you're clever, you'll catch a glimpse* of this extraordinary Kiwi gardener and sportsman). It's been 90+F for much of the last week, nearing 100: and what impressed me that in this minimally watered garden there were TONS of choice plants in bloom--a few of which I'll share with you here...



I have grown this for ten years: this one can't be more than two or three y…

The busman's Holiday...

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Horticulturists have been known to grumble about Landscape Architects: they're so hardscape focused. Heck some don't even learn about plants in school! That certainly doesn't apply to Herb Schaal, whom I've talked about extensively in another post. (Click on the last sentence to find it!). Few horticulturists garden this much or this well at home! I don't grumble because I owe L.A.'s (specifically Herb) my very entrée into professional horticulture: he was Master Planner for Denver Botanic Gardens for a long time in the 1970's and 1980's and oversaw the execution of the EDAW plan that forged our garden--including some amendments that happened to include the Rock Alpine Garden, which he designed and built. And he decided I'd be the one to plant and care for it: we've maintained a tender relationship ever since (further elaborated in the previous blog). Every year or so Jan and I spend an evening with the Schaals at their exquisite home and garde…

Bighorn beauties and beyond

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This was (in fact) one of the first special flowers we saw last Thursday as we drove up Highway 14-Alternate on the Bighorns. This is probably the 10th or 12th trip I've led to the area--in this case the overflow from the Bighorn/Beartooth/Yellowstone trip that departed today (our "second" trip came a week earlier) for the North American Rock Garden Society that has launched wildly successful flower tours: both tours to the Bighorns last year filled. This year we had to add yet another, and the Dolomite tour was doubled as well! The trip to Northern Michigan at the Annual Meeting two years ago was overbooked, and I have a hunch the trips in the pipeline for next year will do so as well: be advised! Join NARGS and be quick about it!



The lower foothills of the Bighorns are covered with Sagebrush steppe--an acquired taste. Once you've acquired it, you can never have enough--I warn you! (What's that blue stuff in the sagebrush anyway?)...


It's one of the innum…