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Friday, September 4, 2009

Autumn Carp River Gardens: Part Two

As promised, I am posting today the second half of some of the photos I took this week at the Carp River Botanical Gardens. The grounds are breathtaking, set in a valley of pines. The Master Gardener has set up three waterfalls and several flower beds which bloom continually from May to October.

Here is one of the lovely waterfalls you can see at the Gardens:

Loved this peach colored Dahlia!:

And, there isn't a Lily yet that I don't love:

Isn't this color the epitomy of Autumn?:

I have never seen this variety before..see the light pink outside and dark pink folded in the petals? It was amazing!:

Foxglove!: (Can't wait to plant the seeds I got from fellow blogger Tatyana to see if they come up in my garden next year!):

What a rose!:

More shots of his freckled lilies.... I took several of them!:

I just missed a bee in these!:

I thought of fireworks everytime I saw one of his two-toned dahlias!:

I had to end the post with this super closeup of the freckled lily!

Can you smell it???

It was heavenly!:

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend everyone!!

Enjoy and savor one of the last wonderful weekends of summer


celebrate the beginning of Autumn!


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hello and thank you for such great images of these gorgeous blooms. The waterfall looks so real! I enjoyed the part 1, too!

L. D. Burgus said...

You have some really impressive pictures in you blog today. That waterfall doesn't look real as if someone had set those ledges up to make that water fall like that. Great shots!!!!

Brian Miller said...

wow. visually stunning. a pleothora of beauty...i love waterfalls peaceful

Eva Gallant said...

You have a gift with that camera!

DJan said...

They don't call him "master" for nothin' do they? What a gift to have a master gardener as a mentor. Lovely shots, and lucky you!

Alan Burnett said...

I don't know about the grounds being breathtaking, your photographs certainly are. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

The Retired One said...

Tatyana: Thanks, and thanks for sending the seeds...I'll be putting them in the garden this week and hoping they will be fruitful next summer.

L.D.: Yes, I am sure they set up the slate to have a waterfall that way, but it sure was pretty. Thanks for the nice compliments on the pictures.

Brian: Yes, when you walk through his gardens, you can hear birds chirping, hummingbirds buzzing and the waterfalls. It is a wonderful treat for your senses.

Eva: What a sweet thing to say!

DJan: Of course, when I go there, I have to buy more plants for my garden. ha

Alan: How nice of you to say! You are always so encouraging for my hobby!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Beautiful pictures. I don't think I've ever seen a lily I didn't love either, and I'd love to find a pink one like the first one you show. The Cosmos looks like Seashell cosmos I've never grown them, but I do have seeds for next year. I love the waterfall, wish I could have one like that in my yard.

Sue said...

Sure hope Don and I can stop at this garden on one of our trips through!
Take care, and have a wonderful holiday weekend,

The Retired One said...

Catherine: I knew you would like this garden, yours is so beautiful!

Sue: He is open every Thursday thru Sunday and you just leave a donation to go through the garden. You would love it!!

Wanda said...

Joan... your flower photos are just perfection...and that's really a magical waterfall they created!

Bernie said...

Joan, I leisurely browsed this post today, enlarging the pictures and just truly enjoyed this amazing garden. I hope this master gardener gets to enjoy your wonderful pictures Joan they have really lifted me up today to a new level of appreciation.
Have a wonderful weekend.....
stay safe and I know you will take tons of pictures.....:-) Hugs

Cathy Clementz said...

I'm normally not a flower person, but I have enjoyed this garden and all that you have shown us. I know you have wonderful plants and flowers around your home too...I just don't have any luck with OUTSIDE plants, so it isn't that I don't enjoy them...I just don't cultivate them well!

Cathy M said...

what beautiful pictures. What a beautiful garden.

The Retired One said...

Wanda: I think the three waterfalls he put in his beautiful garden just makes it perfect. He has benches about so you can just sit and enjoy the beauty.

Bernie: I am so glad you enjoyed them! Are you having the warm temps. we are having in Upper Michigan? It has been the most beautiful week of high70's and sunny every day. I have been savoring it and have been outside most of every day as much as possible!

Cathy: I know how you feel. I started with "fool proof" field lilies and spring bulbs like tulips and can't kill them! ha But maybe where you are, the deer would eat them?

Cathy M: Thanks so much. It really is an awesome place to visit if you ever make it to the U.P.!!

rainfield61 said...

You should have felt so satisfied with all these photographs.


Jientje said...

Wow, I love your flower shots, and that waterfall is stunning!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful must have been an amazing place to visit:)

Ratty said...

My favorite here is the waterfall. Waterfalls are always my favorite. I like the lily too though. Those colors and patterns are great.

The Retired One said...

Rainfield: Thanks!

Jientje: I loved the waterfall when I was there too...even more than the flowers, which is a passion of mine.

Far Side: I love it every time I go. He times the blooming so that it is in constant change with different flowers blooming all the time. I don't know how he does it.

Ratty: you would love it there. There are three waterfalls and color everywhere!

ashley folkema said...

Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing these and letting us go along through your pictures.

The Retired One said...

Ashley: Thanks! I love to photograph flowers!!

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