Archive for July 2007

Sex in the Garden

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I hope that you’re not sick of lotus flowers yet, because I just can’t resist posting two more photos. The first one was taken Friday, July 27, 2007 on the first day that this flower was in bloom. Note the rich pink color of the petals and the wonderful polka dot look of the stigmas on the pistil. The stamens are the curled, creamy colored frill around the pistil.
I must admit that this is undoubtedly the most beautiful photo that I have taken all year!

Fast forward to Sunday, July 29. Just a few days later and the petals have turned almost completely white, and the stamens have grown into the stigmas for pollination. Amazing!

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Don't Forget!

Just a reminder: on Saturday, August 4, my garden will be featured in Denver Botanic Gardens’ Highlands Art Garden Tour. The tour is from 1-3 p.m. and is preceded by a lecture at 11 a.m. by Julie Moir Messervy. Messervy will discuss “Creating Inspired Gardens Through Art” as part of the Bonfils-Stanton lecture series.

The garden tour is an open studio tour of sorts as well. All of the gardens will feature sculpture, and several of the gardens are at artists’ residences and/or studios. I’ll have some of my fiber collages on display---several new pieces and a couple of older favorites too. This photo is from my latest series of mini-floral fiber collages that feature my own photographs and fabrics.

Tickets are required for this event. Please contact Denver Botanic Gardens at 720-865-3580.

Hope to see you here!

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Lotus Update

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Finally in bloom! In a previous post I opined that the uplifted leaves of my lotus were a sure sign of imminent flowers. Well, it’s been a bit longer than I expected (wished for?) but this weekend we were rewarded with our first lotus bloom of the summer. These are such stunning flowers. They make me feel like my city patio has been transformed into an exotic Asian resort (minus the humidity!); a fun escape on a hot summer day.

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Mosquito Season

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Mosquito season is here---aaaaak! I hate mosquitoes, and now with the upgraded threat of West Nile virus they are on my hit list. I’m a big fan of Mosquito Dunks®, a biological larvicide that’s easy to use and lasts for about a month. I put them in my water pots, pond, birdbath, etc. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringensis, a bacterium that is eaten by, and then kills, mosquito larvae. The dry cakes can be broken into smaller pieces depending on the surface area of water to be treated (a little goes a long way!). Look for them at your favorite garden center.

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Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Chocolate colored daylily and purple lysimachia
"Topaz" shrub rose
Globe thistle
Poppy mallow
Here is a list of the many things blooming in my hot and sunny garden today, July 15, 2007. It never surprises me to see how many things really are in flower at any given time!


St. Johnswort

Poppy mallow
Red flowering yucca
Aster Frikartii
Tall phlox
Purple coneflower
Sea lavender
Jupiter’s beard, red & white
Missouri evening primrose
Baby’s breath
Scarlet hedgenettle
Mexican hat
Horned poppy
Russian sage
Sea holly
Carpet Zauschneria
Globe thistle

Fresh herbs in full use now

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In the previous post I was pondering the identity of a plant I'd seen recently but didn't know. Well, when I was visiting Durango (in southwestern Colorado) last weekend, there it was for sale at the local Farmer's Market. The young guy manning the booth told me that it is, indeed, a type of kale. It's called either "black kale" or ---and I love this---"dinosaur kale." It does have an odd, prehistoric look. Do you think kids would be more excited about eating kale with a name like that?

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What is This?

Does anyone know what this plant is? I took this photo last week at Denver Botanic Gardens in one of their vegetable plots. I love the gunmetal grey color, the fountain-like form, and the weirdly corrugated leaf texture. The plant is about 12”-14” tall at this time, and had no indication of a flower or fruit. Is it some type of kale? I would love to add this as an edible ornamental to my mixed border at home!

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