Sunday, July 19, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS

Yesterday Gregg and I went on a mini-road trip to The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond (Virginia). If you went the straightforward route it would take you about two hours to get there but this is summer, and the freeways are very congested with holidaymakers heading down to the beaches. Even when it's not summer we enjoy traveling the smaller, country roads which take us through rural farmland. It is a beautiful ride but takes us longer to get to our destination, and with a stop for breakfast at Amy's Cafe we reached the gardens in about three hours.
It was our first time here and we were not disappointed. We both agreed that it is the best botanical garden we have visited so far, and if ever you are in the area we can highly recommend it. At any time of the year I am sure it will be pretty amazing and we have put it on our list for seasonal visits. This is a place we will never tire of. I have it in mind to go back and see their light show around the holidays. We said that we might stay overnight at one of the local hotels next time as we would have liked to have gone back the next day.

I have identified flowers where I can. I tried very hard to remember to look for markers. This is a Purple Passion Flower.
I hope someone can identify this pretty little flower. It was all on its own and there was no identifying sign.
Not sure what this one is either.
Daylily. There was nothing to say what kind.
This is a Stokes' Aster - Stokesia laevis 'Omega Skyrocket' - Asteraceae.
Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum cv - Araceae.

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39 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for all your beautiful flowers! You have captured the sunbeams in the first photo and the purple passion flower is really fascinating! Have a great week.

Juliana RW said...

wow...2nd and 3rd shots never saw in here... beautiful

My entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

Norm said...

hello Denise! love those gorgeous flowers, I love the colors, thanks for sharing..

Mia N said...

Hi Denise,
Wau,which flowers you have this week.

I liked the best the purple-one.Never seen, even in my immagination.
Thank for sharing and have a nice sunday. We have had lof of sun this week-end in Finland.

Ebie said...

Me, too, I always have fun visiting botanical gardens ( I can't even grow a flower in a pot) Giggles. These are great selection, and perfect angle. I tried to check the blue flowers in my little list, I don't have it. The pink one might be "Potentilla hopwoodina".
Enjoy your week.

Regina said...

So vibrant blooms.
Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice week Denise.
Regina

mountain.mama said...

The first little unidentified flower is portulaca I think but don't quote me on it. Botanical gardens are wonderful! I haven't been to Richmond in many years but would sure love to visit the garden. The purple flower is amazing.

Kay said...

That you for this cheerful post, Denise. I just loved seeing all the beautiful flowers. I see that purple passion flower all the time in the mountain trails here.

Carver said...

You got some fabulous shots. I love the purple passion flower. I'll have to go to that botanical garden next time I'm going through Richmond and have some time. It's only a little over 2 hours from Raleigh where I live to Richmond.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Denise: My, that Purple Passion flower is a truly designed by God.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Spectacular flowers - all sorts of different colors. Great shots.

Roy said...

Lots of beautiful flowers Denise, thanks for posting them.

jabblog said...

It was a long way to go but well worth it for the beautiful flowers. I hope someone can help you with the names . . . oh, I see someone has . . . ;-{

Eternally Distracted said...

Another stunning set of pictures

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Gorgeous flowers Denise - I think the one above the day lilies may be a type of primula, not sure though. All lovely. A x

whatshappeningatmyhouse said...

Wow, that passion flower is amazing!

Naturegirl said...

Such a delightful series of flowers today! I love that passion flower!!! Stunning!!!

tricia said...

I can see why you want to go back. Beautiful post Denise.

VALKYRIEN said...

So many beautiful flower - but I simply adore the passion flower! It is so exotic and different from all other flowers! Beautiful shots!

Have a nice week Denise!

Happily Retired Gal said...

What a glorious array of lovely flowers you've shared here today. I've never seen a Purple Passion Flower before ... it's magnificent!
Hugs and blessings,

ilanadavita said...

You've presented a lovely selection; they're all beautiful.

Grace Olsson said...

Hi Denise, I have been there...when I visited USa..very nice place...I miss so much...
great shot, dear
nice week
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April said...

This looks like a great place. The flowers are gorgeous - I like the Peace Lily!

Pat - Arkansas said...

What a lovely variety of flowers in the Richmond gardens! Your photos are beautiful! The portulaca I identified, but the other unknown is unfamiliar to me.

A beautiful day lily! :) (My weakness)

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful Botanical Garden and its flowers.

Müge said...

Your passion flower photos are extraordinary, excellent, perfect!

the ungourmet said...

These are all just gorgeous! That purple one is amazing! I've never seen one before.

Grace and Bradley said...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. The flowers are so nice and your photography is just superb.

Rosamaria said...

Denise, sometimes the country roads are very nice and you made a pleasant trip endeed. I loved your photos, especially the passion flower.

Have a nice week!

SandyCarlson said...

The purple passion flower is absolutely amazing. Never seen one before! These are gorgeous.

thecozyretreat said...

They're all stunning, Denise, but the Passion Flower jumps off the screen. Great captures!

Arija said...

Denise, your little pinky unidentified flower looks suspiciously like a Portulaca, a semi-succulent annual and rarely bi-annual groundcover beloved of hot dry areas, although they do need watering durng the flowering season.
I am so glad you have diacovered photoshop or something like, it does make a huge difference to presentation.
Lovely flowers and photography and It is so nice to see their universal nomenclature!

Carletta said...

All of these are gorgeous!
I must say I like the Peace Lily - a perfect greeting card shot.

mimi said...

what a beautiful series of flowers. great post.

Viola said...

Gorgeous flowers you've got here! And even one bee :) It's very nice to walk around in the Botanic Garden. I would like to visit The Lewis Ginter Botanic garden, but it's too far away from here ;)

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Denise

Wonderful series!
Your series are always perfect!
Thanks my friend!

Luiz

diane said...

Sounds like a lovely day you had. The flowers are beautiful so too the photos. That purple passion flower is very nice.

Pacey said...

Beautiful photos here Denise, love them all ~ the butterflies and flowers are great greatly captured. Awesome! Thanks for the visit. Sorry for being late here...was so busy the past few days.

Euroangel said...

I love all your photos here Denise!! such a wonderful beauty of nature..added by the butterflies on the flowers...very lovely indeed!