Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

2007 Spring Garden Show and Workshops
Mark your calendars for the 2007 Spring Home & Patio Show: March 15 to 18 at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. This promises to be one of the most welcome shows as we endured a long period of snow cover throughout the region. Spring is in the air with lots of ideas for home landscaping, garden seminars with yours truly conducting workshops, and ideas for home improvement. Check out more details at: www.bigasalloutdoors.com

Favorite or New Plant

Crocus
To most of us the very name crocus is synonymous with spring. Planted last autumn, these little gems are a welcome sight in the landscape. As the snow melts, and the soil warms up, the crocuses will awaken to bring needed cheer.

Crocus chrysanthus is one of the first to bloom in late winter or early spring. Plants reach just 2 inches tall and also naturalize well. Cultivars include 'Advance', with peachy yellow petals inside that are violet on the outside; 'Cream Beauty', a soft creamy yellow; and 'Prins Claus', with white petals with dark purple blotches on the outside.

Crocus tommasinianus, another early bloomer, comes in shades of purple. It produces lots of flowers and also spreads readily. 'Ruby Giant 'bears red-purple flowers.

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