Friday, August 20, 2010

Franklin Park Blooms For Fertilizer Friday

Mu daughter had a doctors appointment in Columbus
Wednesday so I road along. After her appointment we
dropped by the Franklin Park Conservatory and strolled
around to see what was in bloom in the park.
The last time we were here it was snowy and cold outside.
The landscape around the park was a live with blooms and
was not the stark scenery that we saw last winter February.


Wednesday the containers at the front entrance were filled with colorful plantings and the snow was just a memory.

It was a cooler and less humid day for a visit and the skies were
blue and the sun was reflecting off of the glass that makes up
the conservatory.


The roses were not in bloom this late except for some Knockout
roses around in the many beds that the park has.
With 88 acres there is room for a lot of plantings and a
community garden.

Giant baskets hung from the lampposts along the  walkway
behind the Palm House.


They had planted many of the borders of the beds with
the new Sunpatiens Impatiens. I was wondering how
these new impatiens would really fair in the sun and heat
but they were thriving here in the sun and heat of the
cement edgings and blacktop.

The yellow variegated Sunpatiens made lovely border flowers
along some of the beds.


I fell in love with these spreading Angelonia Purple Mist Summer Snapdragons.


They were spread out growing in mounds in this bed making
up a purple carpet of them.



The  scarlet Coleus were the show stoppers in this bed  filled
with miniature white zinnias.



Brown Eyed Susan’s were growing in masses around in the park.
They made a beautiful back drop for this bench.


Butterflies were everywhere and there were several Buddleia
shrubs scattered around for them.



Celosia spicata Vanilla were planted with white zinnias.


I love this yellow Dahlia against its dark burgundy foliage.


A low grower was this Pow Wow Berry Echinacea and would
be great for a border planting.


I saw several of this variety of Hibiscus planted with
Butterfly bushes and ….




I did not spot a label for this hydrangea so I do not know
which one it is. PeeGee??


There were also different colors of Lantana planted
in beds and containers.




This flower was planted in huge masses around the park
also. If anyone knows what it is please let me know.
They were beautiful swaying on long stems in the breeze.



Liriope muscari was growing in the blazing sun and here
I assumed all along it was a shade loving plant.


Pink Bracteatha Strawflowers


and the white ones were lovely as well.


Russian Sage can stand the sun, heat and some dry weather.



This spreading Scaevola Scala was beautiful and is going
on my list for the hot section of the woodland bed border
for next years planting.



There are sculptures in the park also. These looked like
giant shiny sails and at night colored lighting reflects from
off of them from the conservatory. The conservatory is so
beautiful at night and I would love to be there to take pictures.
This sculpture was impressive but it would be appreciated by
others rather than someone like myself who likes sculpture to
look like real objects or people LOL!



Giant hands can speak for themselves.


Some of the plantings around in the park could be planted
to go with fall because of their colors. I will save them for
another posting. And two surprising petunias will be included.

Today is also Fertilizer Friday so I can Flaunt Franklin
Parks Flowers since my own blooms are fewer now.
Join us with our hostess Tootsie and Flaunt Your Flowers!


Happy Gardening Everyone !!


Becca's Dirt said...

What a beautiful place and so many different plants. I spotted Pow Wow Berry Echinacea in the catalog I've been looking at and planning to purchase. It is beautiful. Lovely yellow dahlia. That is certainly a treat to visit so many beauties. Have a nice weekend.

Annelie said...

Lovely, lovely visit. Nice when the humidity doesn't hover like a blanket.
Love the variegated sunpatients, never seen them before.
The hibiscus is just so nice with the dark pink center.
Don't know which hydrangea, but I do know I like it. Hope you find the name.

Stephanie said...

Lona, I love the white flowers and the hand sculptures.

The white sunpatiens, strawflower and Scaevola Scala are so pretty. They will look striking at night?

Those graceful hands... ha ha... yes they can speak for themselves :-D

Dragonfly Treasure said...

WOW Awesome! You are so lucky to be close enough for a visit there. Just breathtakingly beautiful!

A Garden of Threads said...

What a lovely garden, the yellow dahlia does look great against the dark foliage. Have a great gardening weekend.

RainGardener said...

Wow Lona what a neat place to get to visit. Love those Strawflowers and like you said that Dahlia is brilliant against the dark foliage. Sometimes I wish we were a little closer to civilization. LOL Well, I guess I was in Portland, OR at the Dr. twice last month and could have went to a park there but noooooooooooooo I had to hit the huge mall across the freeway and go shopping! And I don't even like to shop. But had to find something to wear to a class reunion that I have since decided I don't want to go to. O'well got new clothes anyway!

noel said...

aloha lona,

what a wonderful tour...i'm glad to know there are now sunpatiens plants, i've just been putting mine in the sun all the time and they always sulk, i'll have to try this new variety.

great visit :)

Gatsbys Gardens said...

It is great to see such lovely thriving plants. It makes me want to go out and try to revive a few of mine. Those Sun Impatiens are beautiful.


GardenJoy4Me said...

Lona girl I told you I would be RIGHT over here to have a peek ! I hadn't heard of those new impatients wow ! and they can take the heat and sun all summer .. I still get the dark foliage New Guinea ? impatience that tolerate most of the sun .. I am stuck on those .. but wow on all of the plants ! everything is looking so good and what a contrast to your first picture way back in the winter .. I had goose bumps girl!LOL .. the sculpture thing .. yes they look like sails and also shark fins (go figure , the way my head works ? scary eh ?) anyways my favorite is the hand sculpture .. I love it .. I would want a way to climb up them and sit in them .. the kid in me still ? .. I want them for my garden .. this could be trouble ? haha
Great post and I am so looking forward to the Autumn theme one girl !!
Joy : )

Jeannie B. said...

What a wonderful stroll through all those flowers! I love it when your blog first pops up and I am always surprised by all the lovely blue!!

bennie and patsy said...

What a lovely garden, thanks for the tour.

Balisha said...

What a pretty place to spend time. I think that we can get an idea about containers in a place like this. They always seem so full and beautiful. Thanks for sharing...Balisha

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful blooms in the park. Much nice in summer than winter I'd say. Gave me a fright when I saw that snow.

Bonnie said...

Must you ruin my summer by posting a picture of winter and what's to come? ha ha :) I'm so glad you finished with lovely summer blooms. Oh, I shiver just thinking of winter!!

SandwichINK Real Estate Info said...

How lovely. I especially loved the coleus - always such a sweet addition to landscaping designs! :)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I remember you posting about this place during the winter. What a big difference now! I don't think I've seen the Sunpatiens, they sure do look good.
I'm the same way about sculptures :) I guess I'm not a very creative thinker, the hands are really cool though!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What lovely photographs. The photo of the snow...made my heart quicken. I do love Winter...and the lovely with flowers. Mine are struggling in this heat. I water them a couple of times a day...still they struggle..

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Becca: I liked it because it was only about 16 inches tall. Great for a border.

Annelie: When I first spotted them I thought now how are those impatiens surviving in this heat and sun. Then I finally saw a tag. LOL!

Stephanie: That was the first time I had seen Strawflowers blooming and I really loved them.

Deb: It is not too far to visit but I hate big cities and the traffic that goes with it. Glad my daughter drives in them LOL!

Garden of Threads: I will have to hunt down that Dahlia now LOL!

RG: We usually make a day of it when we do go and then shop or look until we drop.

Noel: I was glad to see the Sunpatiens growing. I like impatiens anyway and if I can get them in the sun even better.

Eileen: It just made me come home and add notes and plants to that never ending list again.

Joy: I will dedicate that fall colored flower posting just for you girl!

Jeannie: Thanks so much. I am fond of blue. In the garden and in the house so a blue header was a given. LOL!

Patsy: You are quite welcome!

Balisha: I came home with such ideas from there. I have to try a few next summer.

Gardening in a Sandbox: Woops! Sorry. I hate snow and winter too so hope it did not cause you too much anxiety. LOL!

Bonnie: Sorry to you too. I hate snow too girl and am just not a winter person at all.

SandwichINK: I am not a coleus fan but these were really lovely and brightened up a bed for certain. Thanks for dropping by.

Catherine: Big difference in the weather. I am just not a fan of abstract or modern art. My kids old crayon drawings and play dough sculptures are better LOL!

Mona: Girl you are a different breed of woman if you love winter LOL! I like the first two snows and then it is all down hill from there.

Noelle said...

Isn't it amazing how different a garden looks in summer as compared to winter? I still find it surprising. I just love the hanging containers :-)

PS. Thank you so very much for your kind comments on my 'Gracie' post :-)

Suzy said...

That was a beautiful tour. What a wonderful place to visit. Lots of variety in their plantings.

Autumn Belle said...

In summer, the landscape is so bright and colourful. There are blooms everywhere. Your B looks like gromphrena (bachelor's button) to me.

Darla said...

What a nice place. I have a couple of sunpatiens..they require a lot of water here.

Anonymous said...

Was anyone able to name the mystery plant? Hi Lona. It looks like some kind of allium to me. I'd love to have it drifting through my garden too. As long as it didn't seed itself like Verbena bonariensis likes to do. What a fun place!

Tootsie said...

OOOOOH!!!! what a beautiful place to visit!!! I'm glad you took us back with you!
thanks for linking in...I hope to see you again soon!!

Stephanie said...

I must try to germinate strawflower again in the future. I failed the last/first time ;-(