The Denver Post recently published a great article on what is blooming when at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
While the Gardens are in a 'microclimate' that is lower in elevation and experiences considerably less harsh conditions that what we experience in our areas here in southern Douglas County, it's fun to see what is blooming in the Gardens this time of year to give us inspiration for what could be popping up in our own gardens in April or early May.
The article reports that there isn't much color in the Gardens at the moment, although some crocuses and other early spring buds have begun poking out of the dirt.
We'll have to wait until April to enjoy "tulip time" at the Gardens, where 10,000 bulbs in the Annuals Gardens turn into the year's most eye-catching flower bloom. "Peak bloom time is around mid-April", says the article, although that could be off by a week either way depending on whether we get unusually warm days or cold days in the weeks leading up to mid-April.
Looks like a good year for lilac blossoms because we've gotten good moisture this winter. If you want to see your lilac blooming in full you'll likely need to put netting around them to keep the deer from snacking on the flowers.