Finding this anthology of mushrooms in Woodland Mosaic garden at Denver Botanic Gardens
|I don't deny that ice and architecture combine in fascinating ways...|
I love the little vygies that have popped up amind the mulleins!
Arctotis adpressa is looking pretty good thus far this winter...what will it look like in March all budded up?
I wish I could find some history for this "Helichrysum thianshanicum" that's being sold all over the USA: it looks suspiciously like H. heldreichii to me--not anything like any curry plant I've seen in Asia...harrumph!
The monkey puzzles are looking pretty good still...but then we haven't had subzero weather...yet!
In the foreground is a broom--have you ever noticed how many brooms are not only very leafy, but evergreen?
Here's a whole symphony of evergreenishness...
I grant you grasses can look mighty good in the winter months....
|Liriope muscari 'Variegata'|
|Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'|
|The ever expanding bamboo grove in Plantasia|
We did the bark, now the berries...
Dwarf conifers are renowned for their winter presence.
|Scarlet Curls R Willow|
The xeric crevice garden is pretty cool to look at in winter...
|From different points of view...|
For a little reality check...this is the same spot as the previous picture--at the opposite end of the seasonal spectrum.
A miniature pinon pine (Pinus edulis).
A different clone of dwarf pinon (Pinus edulis)
|Juniperus horizontalis 'Allanek' (a.k.a. 'Two Buttes')|
Junipers often take on wine colored tints in winter.
|Daphne 'Anton Fahdrich'|
|Pinus banksiana 'Schoodic'|
|Yucca pallida x rupicola|
|Festuca scoparia 'Pic Carlit'|
|Sedum rupestre 'Apennine'|
Leave it to Mike Kintgen to find the perfect spot for this fantastic Sedum collected by Betty Ann Addison of Rice Creek Gardens in the mountains of Italy. A plant I would not want to be without!
|Xeric gardens hold up well in winter.|
|One of my favorite spots--always good looking Dryland Mesa|
|Arctostaphylus x coloradoensis|
|Wonderful vignettes everywhere...|
|Potager at DBG|
|Hard to imagine this full of cacti...|
|Crassula peploides and Helichrysum flanaganii duking it out|
|So far, so good..|
|Hydrangea 'Limelight' looking towards the Northeast|
|Hydrangea 'Limelight' looking towards the Southwest...|
|Themeda triandra (reddish) and Javaba (Stipa) ichu (yellowish)|
Two killer grasses. Now can we have Spring?
P.S. for decades (almost four to be exact) winter has been such a slow season that we might as well have closed the gates. Hardly anyone would come...
As I wandered around taking these pictures today, I had a hard time NOT getting someone in the picture. There were a tremendous number of visitors wandering around the grounds. And that's like that every day (unless it's fiercely snowy or cold). People hereabouts have discovered Denver Botanic Gardens--and they even come in the winter months. Of course, there are some things to see--which is key, of course. It's also important to use enough interesting plants for winter effect--conifers, broadleaf evergreens, for sure, but anything with appealing form and color--not just bark, berries, branches and buds--and combining them in creative ways will lure you out to your garden more. And lure visitors too!