The most wonderful thing about warm weather months is the beautiful blooms in gardens other people have put work into that I get to just enjoy. Since my yard is pretty much done for the year, with the exception of my annuals, I thought I would show you pictures of some other lovely blooms I have found on my adventures this past summer.
This gorgeous bed of cone flowers and petunias I discovered while waiting outside a concert hall for my daughter. She was performing in Green Lake, WI and this bed of flowers was sitting right in front of a parking lot, in the middle of a paved sidewalk. Can it look any healthier or happier here? I think not.
I just love these white cone flowers. I have a ton of Purple Coneflowers in my yard, but I do not have any white. I might have to get some after seeing these beauties.
Annual Rudbeckias, Ornamental Cabbage, Purple Verbena, and colorful Zinnias were the stars in these garden beds.
I was awestruck by how vibrant the colors were!
I love the red foliage of the Coleus up against the Ornamental Cabbage with the Rudbeckias in the background. Perfect!
Look at the texture and color of this close up of a Ornamental Cabbage!
The final set of flower pictures I discovered in the most unlikely of places: outside a Culver's Restaurant in Rice Lake, WI. We were driving home from our camping trip and decided to stop for a ice cream treat. As always, it was too cold inside the restaurant due to the air conditioning, so we ate outside on their patio. And I was so happy we did, or I would have missed these beauties:
The restaurant patio was hemmed in on all four sides with lush plantings of Petunias and Alyssum!
Look how happy these little guys are growing here! I don't know what they are feeding them, but whatever it is, it's working.
A close up of these happy, healthy Petunias.
Culver's also had big, full, Petunia hanging baskets, that were just dripping with flowers. I loved how the colors coordinated with the colors of the restaurant too!
Being engulfed by these beautiful flowers while enjoying our custard treat made it oh, so much more enjoyable!
And finally, I leave you with a little critter I discovered while cleaning up my garden beds. There is an old wives tale that these fuzzy little caterpillars are the first sign of fall. I guess I believe it, since I always see them this time of year. I love how they curl up into a ball when you first pick them up. I had to wait a few minutes for him to relax and unwind on my hand, then he started moving so fast I could barely get a clear picture in time! So cute!
Have a great day! Amy
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