Sunday, September 8, 2019

Denver Area--Spectacular Native Plants

The Garden Bloggers Fling, a conference of people who blog about gardens, was in Denver in June 2019. What do garden bloggers do at a conference? Look at gardens! The Denver area is hot in summer, cold in winter, and dry all the time. Most standard East Coast garden plants do not do well, unless protected and watered. Plants native to the region do not need the same care. Here is a gallery of beautiful natives I saw in gardens in northern Colorado during the Fling.

blanket flower, Gaillardia
blanket flower, Gaillardia

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Garden Bloggers Fling 2019--Loveland and Fort Collins

High Plains Environmental Center, Loveland, CO
Garden Bloggers take lots of pictures. These of plantings of Colorado
native plants at High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland
The Garden Bloggers Fling is an conference of garden bloggers. Each year they gather to visit gardens. I went in 2017 and this year, when the conference was in greater Denver,  June 13-16, 2019. My summer has been so busy I haven't written about it.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Plant Story--Pleated Gentian, Gentiana affinis

pleated gentian, Gentiana affinis

This pretty plant is the pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis, gentian family Gentianaceae). Also called Rocky Mountain gentian, bottle gentian and prairie gentian.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Our Changing World--Threats but Also Opportunities

The world is changing.

The second half of the 20th century was warmer than the first half. The 21st century is setting new heat records.

In the arctic, ice is retreating and polar bears are starving. Alaska has record high temperatures. Alaska and Siberia have melting permafrost and forest fires. Looking up the Sami of Norway and Sweden, the information is all about warm winters creating problems for their reindeer herds, ones their grandfathers cannot provide advice about, because they've never seen it so warm.

Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland 2019
Switzerland's Aletsch Glacier in 2019;
It has lost more than 1,300 m. (1421 yards) of length and 200 m thickess since
the 1970s  link

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Botanists at Work-- Botanical Society meeting 2019

Tucson in July

The Botanical Society of America met in Tucson, Arizona at the end of July. I attended to keep current. Everyone said "Arizona? In July?" but it was lovely (see blog about the desert in July link).

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Visiting Arizona--July in the Desert Near Tucson

Tucson, Arizona

I recently attended the Botanical Society of America annual meeting, this year in Tucson, Arizona. Of course we botanists, gathered from not only across America but from around the world, spilled out of the conference center to see the surrounding desert, botanical gardens, plant breeding centers, and more.
botanists off to see new plants!