Friday, November 10, 2017

BACK TO GREEN SPRING GARDENS

Photos were taken at the end of August.


Peruvian Lilies, one of my favorite flowers.  


A welcome bench lies beyond those plants.


The brightness of the yellow marigolds paired beautifully with the black ornamental peppers.  Here's a close up of the peppers.


I came across a Sweetgum tree and it had these interesting spiky spheres growing on it.  It is known as a capsular head.  It is a dry fruit composed of many chambers, which splits open when it matures, to release its seeds.  You can read more on this page, which is where I found my information.


Waiting for next year's residents.


More residences below.


Does anyone know what this plant is called?


Here's a closer look.


This is all from Green Spring Gardens, until we go there next year.  

32 comments:

  1. I have never seen marigolds this big! The last plant looks a bit like a kind of Mexican Firecracker. But I don't think it is.these lilies are gorgeous! I have never seen or heard of one!

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    1. Thanks for the help Ginny and happy you liked the lilies particularly.

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  2. What a lovely place.
    We grow alstroemeria (peruvian lilies) and they are prolific (and welcome) bloomers.

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    1. Hi EC, this was the first time I had seen the lilies growing in a garden like this. Up to now I had only seen them in bouqets of flowers.

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  3. Our nesting box has been empty since the day I put it up about 6 years ago!!! Great set of photos and sorry I cannot help with the identification :-( Keep well Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane, and hopefully the seventh year might be a different story :)

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  4. I love all the plants but can't name the last one. Those lilies are a magnificent colour.

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    1. Thank you Valerie, I am still searching for the last one.

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  5. Hello, beautiful collection of flowers. I love the birdhouses too. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, the same to you. I hope you are enjoying your blogging break.

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  6. all these brilliant colors are so beautiful, the silver close up of the peppers is just gorgeous. love it best of all.

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    1. I love the gardens for all those colors Sandra, not just the flowers themeselves, and I am happy you liked the ornamental peppers. They are all beautiful aren't they?

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  7. The spiky sphere on the Sweetgum tree reminded me of the same thing I have noticed on Jimson weed, I am sure it is the same use to open up and later distribute seeds, I found this interesting how similar it looks to me.

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    1. That is interesting Jimmy, I will look the Jimson weed up.

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  8. The marigolds particularly stand out.

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    1. Thanks William, they are bright and cheery.

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  9. That pink in the first photograph - I love it!

    All the best Jan

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  10. Beautiful flowers, and I love the black ornamental peppers!
    Have a wonderful week-end!

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    1. Thanks Lea, you have a wonderful weekend too.

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  11. Well, I read through all the comments to see if anyone identified it, but no such luck. Whatever it is, it is beautiful.

    If not for those spiky seed things on sweetgums, I would for sure have at least one, and maybe two or three. They are my favorite tree in fall. Their leaves turn such a wide range of colors. Most of the trees I see have a range, but every now and then one will be mainly one color.

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    1. Thanks Rose, it's a hard one to identify, I have had no luck on my online searches. It is very striking. It would have been interesting to see the Sweetgums in a Fall color. It was a bit too early for that when I visited the gardens.

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  12. Hi Denise,
    Some beautiful images of to me unusual flowers, love the Sweetgum Tree and its peculiar looking fruit. Your last two images, were they flowers or seed heads.
    All the best, John

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    1. Thank you John, they had some lovely flowers. It was the first time I had noticed the Sweetgum Tree, one that I could identify with a marker nearby anyhow. I enjoy going on searches when I get home to learn more. I don't think they were flowers those last two photos. I am going to go back next growing season, take a photo of them and ask at the visitors center. All the best to you too John :)

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  13. Lovely garden and flowers. I was amazed at the black peppers. The mystery plant has leaves similar to a Bromeliad.

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    1. I thought so too but could not find an exact match.

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  14. I love the Peruvian lilies, We had sweetgum trees where I grew up (Near Mt. Vernon in Virginia). The gumballs fell all over the yard and my parents paid us a penny for each one we collected in a bag. You do not want to step on these in bare feet!

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    1. Thanks for your story from your childhood Linda. I enjoyed it very much.

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