Right before my knee went out, we went for a walk at the NC Arborteum to see a special exhibit and enjoy the springtime flowers. The knee was bothering me a bit then, so we didn’t do a long hike, just a nice stroll around the blooming flowerbeds to see the color. I know you all love seeing the pretty flowers, so settle in for some spring beauty. The NC Arboretum is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains.
This little iris was blooming profusely, such a pretty purple color.
I don’t remember what this little pink beauty was, but it sure was happily blooming.
Vibrant yellow pansies were everywhere.
Pretty blue star flowers were attracting the pollinators.
Purple spires of aconitum looked a lot like my hosta blooms, but smaller.
Here and there, small plots of wildflowers were overgrown and full of pollinators.
Of course, we had to see what was planted in the Quilt Garden this year. The Quilt Garden area is a raised bed area of square plots with concrete ‘sashing’. The stone area shown here is a raised viewing area so you can see the overall quilt.
Looking down from the viewing area, this year the designers have planted a tulip pattern.
Yellow and pink flowers form the ‘tulip’ while white flowers are the ‘background’.
Neat isn’t it? You can see a previous Quilt Garden pattern of butterflies HERE.
Next, the peony garden.
Rich pink peony flowers …
bloom beside a lovely baby pink…
and stunning white.
Gorgeous beds along the paved walkway.
Plus, pretty yellow irises bloom at the far end.
So pretty, these irises are sunny yellow with purple variegated falls.
These little guys are pitcher plants, and are marsh lovers.
Then I saw this bush covered in pink blooms.
I didn’t get the placard for this beauty, but here’s a closeup of the flowers.
Lamb’s ears are so soft and fuzzy, one of these days I want to plant these in my garden at home.
One last look at some of the many planters with stunning groupings.
What’s blooming in your part of the world? Do you have gardens nearby where you can walk?