Gift #1095: In bloom

In the last post, I showed you pictures of the Alpine Gardens at Vail.  Today, I’d like to highlight some of the individual plants.  I took lots of pictures and want to keep sharing them with you.  And it’s nice to relive the experience through going through the photos again.

Gardens are in peak form during June in Colorado and I’m grateful to be able to coordinate my visits when so many flowers grace the gardens.  Lupines in particular where stunning and thrive in the hot, sunny places that the exposed rock gardens provide.

Allium is a favorite of mine – I love the starburst look of the blooms.  Although it’s hard to see in this photo, the center of each blossom was bright green and the combination with purple petals was quite striking.

Mountain coneflowers were in abundance.  I love their side profiles.  The petals look like they’re coming out of an artichoke.  The petals are jagged and spiky and very interesting to look at.

I’m not sure what this beauty is called.  The most similar flower I could find is called monk’s hood.  It was too stunning to leave out, even if I don’t know it’s correct name.  If anyone does know, please leave a comment introducing me to it.

And of course, the beautiful columbine.  I’m very grateful that these grow well in Indiana too and they are generously represented in my garden beds as a way to tie both my homes together.

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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