Japanese maple with lilacs
Japanese Maples and Lilacs-
Have to have come from heaven.
Loved the photos! Thanks for sharing
Beautiful pics ladies!
We are continuing to have rounds of rain here which is making my yard happy. I hope to have some new blooms to show you soon!
hope I don't offend anyone. Just SO cute!
Made me laugh out loud.
Charger- me too, that is hilarious!
Teka!! LOVE the wild Jack in Pulpit! Thanks for the photos. Gorgeous.
Teka- lovely, lovely flowers. I loved the naturalized colonies, especially the columbine. And I also love the Jack in the pulpit!
Teka- what lovely flowers you have! I LOVE columbine but cannot grow them in my yard because it is just too hot. Folks up in the mountains here have them in their gardens and they also grow wild in the Rockies.
Looks like we have more rain coming this afternoon.
I shared this on the daily exercise thread and thought many of you may like this as week, (except Jazzy, sorry for the repeat).
Each night this week, BBC has a 8pm hour long programme that highlights Chelsea Flower Show. Last night they talked about Breakthrough Breast Cancer garden. The Silver Gilt Medal was won because it was so beautiful, amazing and clever. The garden is based around a DNA double helix shape represented by a beautiful stone pathway, crossed by a ribbon of soft pink planting. There are water pools that ripple up and down every 10 minutes to represent the shocking statistics of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. A sculpture by Rick Kirby, is designed to symbolize the courage and dignity of all those fighting the disease and representing women who will be helped by the charity. Designer Ruth Willmott claims this garden has particular meaning to her. She lost her late sister-in-law Angela to breast cancer (triple negative) in 2014 aged 49 years. Angela was an incredibly positive person throughout her life and Ruth wanted something positive to come from her death, so that others may benefit in the future. What a lovely memorial to Angela.
Lilac- that is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it and seeing it here first on this thread today (will be on exercise thread later today...)
LilacBlue- Thank you for so thoughtfully describing this garden. I found both what you said and the photo very moving. Eyes welled up a bit. That is something I would truly have loved to have seen in person. Classy.
Sharing a photo of my neighbors ocotillo, which I always thought was a variety of cactus, but not so, just a desert dwelling plant. The first time I ever saw one of these was in Carlsbad, NM, home of the infamous caverns, during spring visit when it was in full bloom.
These plants are more "low desert" in nature, so I am impressed the neighbhor has been able to get this to successfully thrive here in the "high desert" where we have more seasons and a real winter. For perspective, this plant is almost 15 feet tall and the red flowers are it's bloom. I noticed the plant in all it's glory on my drive into the development and could not resist taking some pics!
I am going up to Santa Fe tomorrow and Monday for a little get away and going to their botanical gardens and will share any interesting pics from my adventures there!
That is a very happy Ocotillo.
I've seen fences made from ocotillo in west Tx. They tend to root and bloom after it rains.
love New Mexico! I have traveled there several times. Really looking forward to the botanical garden report
look at these beauties who came to say hello today! I have no clue what they are and I don't see them in my PNW bird book. I zoomed in as much as I could. Can anyone identify?
I just flipped through my "Birds or Oregon" book, and the only bird that looks like that is possibly the Western Tanager. The males have the red on their heads, the females do not. I don't think I've ever seen one in our yard.
Monis- Thanks! I've come to the conclusion also that it's the Western Tanager. At first my bird book didn't convince me, but I looked online at some ID sites and saw they differ quite a bit when juvenile. They are so tropical and exotic looking. Was a very nice gift from nature today
From the Santa Fe Botanical Garden visit yesterday.
Jazzy- what wonderful photos! You have a good eye. I especially like the one that looks like a sedum, or hens and chicks. Glad you had a nice day out
Yes! I love the photo's also!
We went to the Denver Botanical Gardens last year, and saw the Chihuly glass exhibit! Beautiful!
We went in the fall.... the trees were gorgeous!
Very nice! Enjoyed these! Love the fall color too!
Besides a large variety of birds that grace our bird feeders, look who I spotted today eating bird seed that had fallen to the ground:
Today I harvested the last of the radishes, which were going to seed. Picked our first strawberries. Lots more lettuce, spinach and kale. Peas are on the way.
I get to plant my garden today!
Luv the pics!
We had another Spring storm although not as strong as Texas and Oklahoma, but strong enough to beat up my peonies.
Monis! What a lovely, tidy garden!
And wo, those poor peonies. Among my very favorites
Monis I love your greenhouse did you build it yourself? We have raised beds too.. our spinach just went to seed. Lettuce, egg plant, broccoli and tomatoes doing reallywell. The other night I yelled to keep the dogs in because the smell of skunk was so strong! It came in through the bedroom window. Some folks leave food out for their cats.. we have lots of raccoons and skunks and possums here. Baby skunks are so cute! Unless they spray your dog, then not so cute.
Love the bird pictures. Chevy I remember when you went there and shared those photos! I loved seeing them again. The BC memorial in the UK was lovely and the ripples in the water to show how many die a year sobbering, a lovely tribute. Jazzy your garden pictures are super. Some Day I will see New Mexico. Such blue skies that go on for ever. Thank you all for sharing your world! Love the photos!!!
I had to go back and correct.. mispellings,, wrong tenses oy.. ugh.. When we moved to the West Coast in 1989 we drove through Arches National Park in March and the entire desert was in bloom. I'll never forget it. Indian Paintbrush, yellow cactus flowers, all kinds of plants I had never seen and those amazing rock formations... so unreal and striking. Sadly I have never been back, but I hear Bryces National Park is even more stunning.