Monday, June 15, 2009

Late Spring Gems from the Botanical Garden

My wife and I strolled through the Toledo Botanical Gardens late yesterday afternoon to see what ocular treasures were waiting for us. We were not disappointed. In the Shade Garden among all of the greens, a lonely day lily poked its head proudly upward, adding a blaze of orange to the verdant tones.

Not far away at the gazebo, the botanists had planted a clutch of water irises, again adding splashes of color in the green surroundings.

Although most of the iris were spent, the Siberian Iris stood at attention, offering their hues of purple to insects and the admiring humans.

Odd and colorful lollipop-like flowers on tall stems seem to have arrived from some alien world. They remind me of a dandelion in full seed, although sparkling with color.

In the rose garden, this two-toned gem stood at the archway, beckoning us to enter the perfumed world of the rose. It might have been named gypsy rose; if not, it is fitting.

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