He flittered from one branch to another, hiding behind the leaves, making a clear shot almost impossible.
Today's great weather was a stroke of luck because a few of my fellow garden bloggers had planned on getting together. Julie, from Growing Days and DJ from Meander Mountain and I met at Hatcher Gardens for a visit and a garden fix.
I had stopped at Hatcher Gardens with a couple Master Gardeners on our way back from SC Arbor Day celebration at USC Upstate. December it was still gorgeous, May it was thick and lush. You can see my posting on the December visit here.
Here are my fellow blogging buddies, under a huge pecan tree. I love the maturity of the trees in this garden, they certainly have been around for a long time.
The front area of the Hatcher Garden is nicely planted with colorful conifers, Japanese maples, and some ornamental shrubs that offered either texture or color to add to the landscape.
This longleaf pine, Pinus palustris, looks almost like a cactus or yucca.
Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon' adds some nice color interest to the front edge of this garden. Not sure what the shrub behind it might be, but to the right is an Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. This was a dominant plant in the forefront of the garden near the parking area.
This mixed bed has Heuchera...maybe 'Lime Rickey', Japanese painted ferns- Athyrium niponicum, another Heuchera, maybe 'Carmel', some nice full herbaceous Peonies, a sedum- probably 'Angelina' and some Pampas Grass, Cortaderia selloana. There is so much texture and color appeal, without any blooms...though the peonies are about to pop.
Doesn't this pathway draw your eye to follow the dominant yellow? One side had the Heuchera 'Lime Rickey' and the other was a color echo using hostas...not sure of the variety but it was a large leaf, maybe 'Guacamole'.
You could tell the Liriodendron tulipifera, Tulip Poplars, have bloomed, petals littered the walkway.
On the railing of one of the small bridges was a crab claw. Where did that come from???
On this 4 x 4 post there were twigs attached with a piece of hardware, why you might ask.... to give the Confederate Jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, something to grab onto as it climbs up the post. Pretty clever if you ask me!
There were some blooms to see, love this yellow Iris. I don't know my Irises well enough to say what variety it might be....maybe a Louisiana Iris?
The last of the seedpods of the Fatsia japonica are providing some nice eye candy. You can see the pods forming in my post from the last visit.
These deciduous azaleas were still blooming, and nicely fragranced. What a great shade of pink.
See the pond beyond the azalea bloom? Look at the residents on the log! I love turtles.
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