Sunday, June 17, 2012

In Bloom at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


We got some heavy rain this morning and by the sound of things we are going to get some more. We really need the rain. It is just too early to be dragging around the garden hoses already.

I love Magnolias and there is nothing any prettier than the Southern Magnolias that were in bloom when we were in Virginia.
Here are a few of the flowers that were blooming at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.

LewisGinter_Indigo Indigo

LG_Astilbe2 Astilbe

LG_Azalea Azalea’s



LG_Gardenia_Chinese_Single2 Chinese Gardenia



LG_Campanula_CherryBells2 Cherry Bells Campanula

Gorgeous Irises


Kniphofia Red Hot Poker ‘Shining Scepter’

‘Melissa’ Lavender

Orange Cestrum

LG_Salvia_BlackNBlue2 ‘Black & Blue’ Salvia

LG_Lavender_Cotton ‘Cotton’ Lavender

LG_Verbena Verbena bonariensis

Pineapple Lily ‘Burgundy Sparkle’.

Unknown Tree ? Anyone know this one?

LG_Unknown Another Unknown Tree ?
Tecoma stans  or Yellow Elder, Yellow Bells , or Trumpet Bush.
Thank you Andrea for the ID of this tree. It was beautiful!



Bear’s Breeches

Banana Daisies

LG_Coleus Coleus






Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dad’s out there.



elaine rickett said...

There are so many beautiful plants in this garden - how do you stop yourself digging a few up and popping them in your shopping bag - only joking.

Pearl@serenitycove said...

Glad you got some rain too. We got a quarter inch this forenoon but I'm hoping we get more. Our grass in the sun is pretty much dead. We really need it!!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, a fabulous collection. It must be a beautiful place to visit. Hope you have a wonderful week Lona.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Oh my goodness you saw a lot a great blooms at Lewis Ginter! I have to tell you, I get your posts in my Google reader and that first photo, of the magnolia, looked like a piece of art, a painting. Just gorgeous.

Andrea said...

It looks like you have many tropical plants there too. That yellow bell flowers is Tecoma stans.

Nadezda said...

Lona, thank you for sharing your tour! Wonderful blooming in Botanical garden, I love the azaleas and astilbes.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl you take the most gorgeous plant pictures .. this tour is beautiful ! Hubby and son went salmon fishing so I worked my toes off in the garden ! LOL
Joy : )

Dard said...

Awesome Pictures. I’ll be passing this post on for sure.

Suncast Horizontal Storage Shed Review said...

Lovely photos and a great tour. The tree looks like a golden rain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata. Very pretty but considered invasive.

Lona said...

Carolyn: I wondered if it might have been A Golden Rain tree when I took the picture. The flowers were not hanging down but upward so I was not certain about it. Thanks for the ID.

Joy: Girl do not overdo it. I bet you are enjoying the day though.

Nadezda: It was a beautiful place to visit for a flower junkie like myself. LOL!

Andrea: Thank you so much for the tree Id. I so appreciate it.

Janet: Thank you! Sometimes a shot works out well and other times not so much. LOL!

Jen: Thank you and you have a wonderful week too.

Pearl: I hope you got more rain today. We got a little more this morning. Sure needed it.

Elaine: I am good at pinching seeds Elaine. LOL!

Dard: Thank you.

Jennifer said...

Lona, The photography in this post is really excellent. Everything looks so fresh and light as air, especially the pictures of the astilbe and coleus. The orange hibiscus has such a dramatic composition. Your eye just slides down that stamen in one perfectly curved swoop.

sweetbay said...

So many beautiful plants at that garden! Your photos are gorgeous.

Cat said...

Looks like a nice visit to the gardens. There are a few there that we grow here. The esperanza is a favorite down can take full sun and has low water requirements. Amazing really how lush and beautiful it will be with so much abuse.


Hi Lona, I think the unnamed tree is Ptelia trifoliata but I'm not positive. On second thought, no. The flowers look similar but the foliage is different.

I wonder how hardy that Chinese Gardenia is. Sure is a pretty thing. Was it fragrant? The Indigo--I have that blooming in my garden. I LOVE it. Your photo is really good.

Love your posts. Sorry I've been gone so long.

Masha said...

Wonderful shots, thank you for the tour. The salvia and azaleas are especially lovely.