In a recent post, I alluded to my forays into the various gardens at Heritage Park during a morning spent meandering around that venue. You may recall I visited the Taylor Conservatory Botanical Gardens and Goodwill Gardens.
It was a very warm morning, with lots of humidity, just perfect for checking out the beautiful tropical flowers. Even in an outdoor venue like this one, multiple signs encouraged safe practices for COVID-19.
Today I’m going to spotlight some of the beautiful blooms. Later this Summer, I’ll return as they have a garden with purple flowers that the Tiger Swallowtail butterflies adore, but unfortunately that large purple perennial was not ready for prime time yet.
Sigh … hummingbirds remain on my bucket list, just sayin’.
Sadly, Homer, the Hummer has not put in an appearance at my two feeders in a while. I am left feeling like the hot dog vendor who cooks up a bunch of hot dogs and has them on the steam table in his cart, wilting away, while no one shows up. I dutifully make up some fresh sugary brew three times a week in anticipation of a visit, but there have been no sightings. I guess I should have tempered my expectations a little more. With the squirrels, you usually know where you stand – bring peanuts, happy squirrels come running over to greet you. 🙂
In lieu of hummer paradise at the house, I made the long trek from the historical village to the Botanical Gardens, hoping to see a few hummers sipping on nectar in some of their favorite flowers. So, I was happy to find Cannas and Cardinal Flowers already thriving and in bloom – these are like magnets for hummingbirds.
I walked around and around the grounds and through the huge latticework Conservatory. On that moist and humid morning, as beads of sweat began forming on my forehead, I thought “surely a hummer or two would be stopping by these flowers” … but nary a hummingbird, butterfly, or even a bee, was around the entire time I was at the Gardens. Was I giving off bad vibes or something? Hmm.
Roses – beautiful blooms which smelled heavenly!
The roses here at the Botanical Gardens are always plentiful (and a good way to practice using the “flower setting” on my camera). I gazed at these beautiful blooms and bemoaned my poor red Home Run Shrub Rosebushes, which are just limping along, despite copious amounts of fertilizer in the form of spikes, liquid feed and magic organic nuggets sprinkled around the base of the bushes. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, they bloom, between the dead canes, so as long as they show a sign of life, I will nurture them as best I can.
As to the roses at this venue, I saw them in every color, but these were my favorites.
The annuals were all the colors of the rainbow as well.
I could have taken another 50 shots of the miscellaneous and sundry annuals, including the petunias that were overflowing out of pots and trailing toward the ground; these were the most gorgeous in my opinion. This planter, just like the header image, screams out “Summertime” doesn’t it?
There was a plethora of purple and yellow flowers, a glorious combination whether paired or on their own.
This venue was decked out for the 4th of July.
Yes, it seems hard to believe that the Independence Day holiday was only two weeks ago. If you’re like me, you may feel that once 4th of July has passed, in a four-season state the days begin to shorten ever so slightly as we now begin our slow crawl toward Winter. Ugh! It was a festive atmosphere at the Gardens with the patriotic swag marking the 244th birthday of the U.S.A. and interspersed between the colorful annuals. While there were no sparklers, loud kabooms, nor cake and ice cream, there was a flavor for the Fourth as you see below.
My next pit stop was at the Community Gardens and I’ll tell that tale in Friday’s post.