Good morning Folks ~ Well, I chose the perfect day to go to the Mounts Botanical Gardens. Tuesday and Wednesday were gray with some rain, and yesterday it rained off and on all day long.
Let me refill my coffee cup and I’ll be right back to get started on this post. Ok, I’m back and just checked the weather and it is 75 and feels like it is 72, at 5:06 a.m. EST. More showers are expected today and each day through Thanksgiving. It is breezy too with 20mph winds from the east.
I can’t even imagine how the people up north are dealing with all of that over abundance of snow. I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I’ve lived down here since 1960 and am a barefoot lady most of the time. Anyway, I am thankful for our fall/winter/spring weather down here, summers are the pits though.
Now, back to my ‘Blues Dispeller’ at the botanical gardens the other day.
When I saw this Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpets I could hardly believe it and was thrilled to say the least. This was what was scenting the air as I started my garden walk. This tree was at least 8’ tall and probably as wide.
Here are some blooms for you closer up.
They are probably about 8-10 inches long, maybe longer.
These were in the rose garden area, which didn’t have much going on it right now as far as roses being in bloom. The yellow at the beginning and the white as I was heading down the path near the exit to this part of the beautiful gardens. This white one was almost hanging to the ground. I almost backed up and went back around, but said to myself, nope, I’m going to bed over and walk through these wonderful blooms and I did.
This Brugmansia was in a different area. Amazing at the size of it and all of those wonderful blooms.
These next two photos are taken in the ‘Herb Garden’ area.
This is African Blue Basil. Here is a link telling about it. Mine is just a little baby right now. Once it starts growing, I want to take cuttings to make more plants. It is supposed to be easy, by just starting the cuttings in water.
Here we have rosemary. What a great display of this wonderful herb. This was the central focal point of the garden.
In this photo below, I am looking toward to the ‘Butterfly Garden’. It is my favorite garden here. There were LOTS of butterflies hovering around too, but I didn’t capture any to share here. Maybe next time.
You enter the little garden through the arbor. I have some of what is growing in this garden and want to get more, of course. I do have lots of butterflies visiting my gardens, but would like to draw in different kinds.
Here are a couple of ‘cats’ on a rue plant.
This is a path back near the airport strip, leading to the ‘Cottage Garden’ area which was actually kind of sparse, considering it is November I guess. There were things to see, but this will be much better during the spring. This path goes on around and then back out to main path.
This is a birdhouse in the ‘Cottage Garden’ area.
This is the Dombeya burgessiae (Seminole), or Hydrangea Tree. I bought a little one, about 6-8 inches tall. Here is a link for it. Mine, has a head of blooms on it already and I can hardly wait for it to bloom. I was amazed at the height and width of this plant.
Here are two photos of the veggie garden which is huge. This garden also looks better in the spring, but it still looks pretty darn good the end of November.
Well, that’s it for this post. I believe, there is one more post to do for this wonderful botanical garden from this visit. I hope you have enjoyed this one.
A garden recreates itself daily;
we seldom step in the same garden thrice.
Quote taken from: Garden Digest