Things are starting to wind down a bit. This summer has been busier than normal. A few weeks ago, Ron, Liz and I went to visit Ron's mother. She and her husband have retired and have a cute little place on the lake. I get along great with my mother in law and find it very relaxing and wonderful there! We always have a good time but on this visit Kay had cabin fever so the two of us made an escape one morning and she took me to tour Cornell's Botanical Gardens which is part of Cornell Plantations. They had some really cool stuff I'd never seen before. These flowers look like Pineapples.
I loved this little blue flower. Unfortunately, my close up was blurred but if you can zoom on this, you will see how delicate it is. It's one I want to research this winter to find out if could make it in a zone 4. Does anyone know what it is? I was suprised they didn't have cards indicating what everything was.
Kay and I were looking at her gardens the day before we went to Cornell and she gave me seeds from one of her plants that was done blooming. She told me it was technically a weed but the butterfly's love it and it's pretty. Besides, what's one more "weed" in the garden? When we got to the plantations, she told me this was the flower. I guess Cornell thought weeds in the garden were OK as well. LOL The bee's liked it too, there is one in the photo if you look closely.
The butterflies were out that day as well. It has been a great summer for the butterflies. I don't ever remember seeing so many monarchs around. Apple is always catching wildlife in her photos, I think this is my first (other than Franklin and Princess anyway.)
I liked this ground cover. It seemed like a cross between bishops weed and pachysandra. I am into plants with variegated leaves lately.
I would love to go back at a different time of year as most of the garden was past it's peak. They also have a wildflower garden and arboretum there.