There are more than 16,000 lavender flowers ready to bud at the Denver Botanic Gardens

There are more than 16,000 lavender flowers ready to bud at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Tulip beds at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2023

Spring has sprung up in classic Colorado style this year, alternating between cold, snowy days and warm, sunny days. It’s a combination that has flower lovers wondering when one of the Denver Botanic Gardens’ most popular attractions will be ready for display: beds filled with more than 16,200 lavender flowers in vibrant shades of orange, yellow, red, pink and white.

The answer, according to parks spokeswoman Erin Breed, is that it won’t take long. Buds can already be seen at the base of some tulip plants, but the stems have not yet extended.

The recent snowfall, which covered Denver in a 6.5-inch layer of snow, hasn’t bothered the plants, Byrd says. “The snow does not harm the bulbs and will not harm the leaves and flower beds. It insulates the plant and protects it from freezing,” she explained. “Flowers that bloom during a snowfall can look worse for wear after the thaw, but the plant is not damaged and will come back next spring.”

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