Thursday, March 27, 2008

Garden Tour

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

I was included in a group of wildflower enthusiasts who toured a private garden in Morgan county yesterday.

Our fearless leaders ordered up a day of weather perfection.

It was mainly a native plant garden, with a few interesting non-natives.

Dutchman's breeches, Dicentra cucullaria

But you can probably imagine which ones we were most interested in.

Trout lily, Erythronium americanum


The purple plant around the statue is Money plant, Lunaria annua (non-native).


roosterhen said...

Beautiful shots, as usual. I particularly like the bloodroot pic- the lighting is wonderful. Sounds like you had a most enjoyable day

lisa said...

What a nice tour! I've always wanted trout lillies, and the bloodroot looks like a waterlily. Can't wait for my stuff to wake up!

mon@rch said...

Such an amazing series of wildflowers! I must say thought the Blood Root is my all time fave flower! And probably will be for about forever!

pablo said...

A day fit for a queen, eh?

Texas Travelers said...

I see the Redbuds are blooming in the garden scene. Nice. I like the flower pictures but the statuary of the child in the garden is my favorite. Thanks for sharing the story and excellent photographs. Troy

KFarmer said...

A lovely day :)

bill said...

I need a money plant. What denomination does it produce?

Marilyn said...

Dutchman's britches have always been a favorite of mine. They are so imaginative and unique.

anne said...

Jealous. SO JEALOUS! I love bloodroot, and also Dutchman's breeches - so beautiful! Your pictures are fantastic.

I know spring is on its way up here in NY, but it's such a breath of fresh air to see your photos for proof of the season change.

Floridacracker said...

Wow, that trout lily ... wow!

Phillip said...

Have you ever heard of Cane Creek Canyon? Check out my blog. I went there on Wednesday. Talk about a wildflowers lover's paradise. You should visit.

Pamela said...

it is winter again here in the northwest.

I'm glad I stopped in to see some spring bling!

City Mouse said...

AHHH! Those pictures are so beautiful! I was going to comment on how much I love the sculpture with the pink flowers, and then I scrolled down and saw the others! The bloodroot is a favorite of mine too. So nice to see some Spring - We're still about a month away up here in the Northeast.

Cathy said...

I'm crying. No, REALLY. Tears! ;0)
Gawd, those pictures are beautiful and WE are SO FAR from seeing anything blooming.

Kerri said...

Lovely shots! How FUN!

Rurality said...

Grace, thanks, yes I missed a lot of these trips last year when my back was bothering me so bad. I was really glad to make this one.

Lisa, we had trout lillies at our old place just north of B'ham, but none here. I want to plant some if and when I ever make my wildflower garden.

Tom, the sun was out at times so I really didn't get shots of all the great stuff they had. Yeah Bloodroot is one of my faves too.

Pablo, thanks, I can always count on you for an ego boost! :)

Troy, yeah it's strange, the ones at our house - south of these pics - were a bit slower to bloom. I had a couple of pics of that statue and had a hard time deciding which one I liked best!

KF, the best part was that it was a road trip in which I wasn't forced to ask for a bathroom break every other minute (like I usually do), LOL.

Bill, sadly it produces only paper coins, which are about as valuable as wooden nickels. ;)

Marilyn, they are supposed to be native here in my county, but I've yet to find any in the wild.

Anne, would you believe I'm wearing shorts as I type this? :) But the bugs are out already too.

FC, yeah I know! They had a white variety too, that they'd discovered in the woods near their house. But it was all caged up so no good pics of that one.

Phillip, I've heard of it but haven't been. I'm checking soon!

Pamela, it's strange to look on other people's blogs and see snow all over the ground. It's full spring here now.

CM, that whole garden was great! I have more pics that I hope to get up soon.

Cathy, I'm so glad you liked them! I hope spring shows up soon there.

Thanks Kerri! I need to go on more of these tours... they are more fun than I'd thought they'd be.

robin andrea said...

What beautiful garden shots. I'm always a bit envious of people who know just where to plant things. There is such an art to flower gardening. One that eludes me!

Anonymous said...

I have loved Dutchman's breeches ever since seeing my first picture in a book when I was a kid.

It wasn't as nice as yours.

I would LOVE to see them in person one day.

Shady Gardener said...

Hello, Rurality. We will enjoy this woodlands walk mid-May. Thank you for the "heads-up!" ;-)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

We will be having some wildflowers blooming soon. I can't wait after seeing all of these.

Twinks said...

Oh, such pretty flowers. I'm jealous that you get to see such pretty things.

Just wanted to stop by and say hi!! I'm finally back from... wherever I went.

Talk to you later!!
Much love,

Rurality said...

RA, oh it eludes me too. In the wildflower garden at our previous house I just stuck stuff in the woods, more or less! :)

TF, thanks! You know I think this was my first time seeing them in person too.

SG, by then I will be knee-deep in bugs, heat, and humidity, and wanting a trip north, LOL.

Lisa, I hope spring is on its way to you soon!

Hi Twinks, thanks for stopping by! I hope you are doing well!