Two-hour free parking is easy to find during weekdays and guided walking tours are common so my taking photos attracts little if any attention in the neighborhood.
A few moments observing a busy solitary bee at work.
Intense color with blooms beginning to close as the sun arrived.
I'm inspired enough to try planting a few seeds on the east side of my garden next year.
What about the rest of the garden? I knew you would ask so I took more photos. Casual and fun with great plants were my impressions. South of downtown and near the river provides an ideal growing environment for a garden.
Purple echoes morning glory colors.
"Tin Man" next to Strelitzia and I'm pretty sure that's a floor lamp way back in the patio area.
Papaya ripening on the tree.
The house looks like a small cottage from the front. The front walk features a nice gate and a bit of lawn edged with tufts of flowers. I'd enjoy visiting this garden if it were on tour.
Picking up the color theme is a curbside planting of Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) in combination with one of our native tradescantia or spiderwort. It's interesting to see this happens in gardens other than mine. The purple heart plant is native to Mexico and usually planted intentionally while the latter (green leaves with blue flowers) just seems to show up wherever the purple is planted.
Intrigued, I continued walking and I'll have more photos in my next post.
Pam Penick is set to speak at Festival of Flowers on Saturday, May 28th at 10:30 am. She'll present "Hold the Hose", a presentation on saving water in our gardens. After the talk Pam will have her latest book The Water-Saving Garden and her first book Lawn Gone! available for purchase and signing. Vendors from all over our region will be there so you get a lot of access for the low admission price of $6.00. Look for me attending Pam's talk, volunteering at the SAWS butterfly garden display, shopping for plants on the vendor floor, and/or taking part in the City-Wide Plant Swap!