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A Better-Mannered Forget-me-Not

On a recent trip to the botanic gardens, I was captivated by a constellation of tiny blue flowers, stars spread on tender green leaves in the shade of some mature pines. Five azure petals surrounded a hollow white center on … Continue reading

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Lungwort—Prettier than it Sounds

It’s easy to understand why we want to include Sweet William, Lamb’s Ears, or Love-in-a-Mist in our gardens. Their whimsical names make us smile. On the other hand, it’s surprising anyone grows plants with names such as fumewort, blood lily, … Continue reading

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Wildflower Hike, part 2

If you’ve just joined us, we’ve been taking a hike to look at some early summer wildflowers. See last week’s post for plants along the dry, sunny trail. We wake from our unintended nap, eager to continue on our hike. … Continue reading

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Wax Begonias—Indoors!

What plant thrives indoors, shrugs off low humidity, and blooms all winter in bold shades of white to pink to red? Surprise! It’s wax begonias! Also called fibrous begonias, these bedding plants have large, round succulent leaves in either lime … Continue reading

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Dwarf Periwinkle – Vinca minor

Appearance With violet-blue blossoms scattered like stars across a field of emerald green, Dwarf Periwinkle is a popular groundcover in the Pikes Peak region. Also available in white and purple-red, these 5-petaled pinwheel-shaped flowers bring welcome color to a shady … Continue reading

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