Friday, January 24, 2020

Denver Botanic Gardens, let's go! Chapter Five of Five...that's a wrap

This post is the stew you make from the leftovers in the fridge, except these are botanic garden leftovers, enjoy...

Echinocereus fendleri

Over in the tea house / Japanese garden corner I was enthralled by the fossil slabs intermixed with the pavers.

They reminded of me of a trip Andrew and I took to the Stonerose Interpretive Center & Eocene Fossil Site in Eastern Washington, back in our early dating days.

I found a few fossils, much like these only a lot smaller.

I think we're in the Plains garden now...

I did not care for this artwork at all. Nope.

Moving on, opuntia flowers make everything better.

And people! Real ones, not scary rusty ones that just beamed down from their space ship.

Aren't these little cactus adorable?

Okay, the big ones are too.

Agave parryi, I believe. They look like A. parryi var. couesii...

So many spikes!

Echinocereus triglochidiatus, white sands strain.

Notice the opuntia pads that appear to have a bite taken out of them. Maybe rabbits? Years ago when visiting a nursery outside Jerome, AZ, we saw something similar and were told it was the wild hares.

Just plan old Echinocereus triglochidiatus.

Pinus bungeana, lacebark pine.

Potentilla hippiana

Finally I end my DBG coverage with a photo of this entertaining little Flicker. He was poking around in the soil, unearthing little bites of goodness. I tried to get a short video of his movements but failed. Oh well.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Denver Botanic Gardens, let's go! Chapter Four of Five, rocks...

Back to the DBG! Today we're in the far corner visiting the Rock Alpine Garden as well as the Cactus and Succulent House.

Rocks were a major theme in all of the gardens we visited during the Denver Fling. I thought they were wonderful but think a few other "Flingers" may have burnt out on them.

Naturally, there were a lot of crevice gardens.

But there were also lots of boulder-sized rocks. That's the Cactus and Succulent House in the distance.

Closer...

This was the only image I took inside the house. It was full of screaming children, I had to leave.

Back outside and there are...more rocks!

I think that's Yucca harrimaniae, or maybe Yucca nana, blooming to the right of the rocks.

As you've no doubt gathered from my previous posts from the Denver (+Fort Collins, +Boulder) Fling, there were also a lot of sempervivum.

All grown perfectly.

Here's a garden on top of a rock.

Those are tough plants.

Another style of crevice garden.

Acaena sp.

Oh, and there were saxifraga too...

So many rocks. I think I need more rocks...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What blows YOUR mind?

During our holiday trip to the Los Angeles area, Andrew was finally able to cross the La Brea Tar Pits off his list of "must-see" attractions. It was interesting, all that tar bubbling up from underneath the ground, talk of animals roaming the area and getting stuck. I especially enjoyed the large banners hung throughout, a small child who's mind was being blown, agave style...

They were part of the advertising campaign for the Natural History Museums of LA County, #MindBlownLA. More info here, random people's photos here. Fun.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Denver Botanic Gardens, let's go! Chapter Three of Five...

In case you want to start at the top, I've done two other posts on my visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens, they're here: Chapter One, Chapter Two. I plan to finish off my coverage with a trio of posts this week. Today we'll start at the beginning...

The Garden Bloggers were met in front of the garden by Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the DBG. He welcomed us, gave us a bit of history...

And then took off through the garden, we followed.

Not down that pathway (truth be told I never did make it down that pathway).

No we were on a mission: lunch. We ate in the center of the garden and were then on our own for a hour or so (a painfully short amount of time). I returned the next day, post-Fling, with Andrew. What follows is a mash-up of photos from both visits.

Yucca faxoniana, on the left.

Yucca thompsoniana here, and resting.

The water-smart garden...

Marrubium rotundifolium, this grows in my garden.

Agave is utahensis ssp. kaibabensis

And again, because it's beautiful.

There were a lot of different opuntia in the garden, I didn't catch the name of most of them. (update, this one is Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide').

Opuntia 'Dark Knight.'

Yucca linearifolia

Agave parryi

Salvia jurisicii Artemisia filifolia (thanks to Kenton Seth for correct ID on this as well as others)

There were several sculptures in the garden. This one I liked, most of them I did not.

And there was water...

And trough gardens...

More from the garden later this week...

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