Friday, July 30, 2010

Favorite Flowers From Buffalo

Buffalo was an explosion of garden goodness - beautiful gardens just bursting with wall-to-wall flowers.

I was so in awe of the waves and waves of plants that each gardener turned into a collage of color.
But in many of the gardens, I was struck by one particular plant - one bloom, one leaf, one, singular item whose beauty, form or color just blew me away.
I'm really not going to try to name these, my favorites. But I do remember that this one above is a twist-leaf Dahlia -- yes, a Dahlia. I was shocked, and spent some time with the gardener in Mary's Garden, marvelling at this plant.
The dark and mysterious lilies drew me in the Shadrock garden.
And I couldn't forget the amazing Hydrangeas we saw all over -- made even more interesting to me because they are too elusive for us in Austin, Texas.

I'm all about the exotic forms, too, especially this pretty little thing at Lockwood's Greenhouses Garden Center.
And this spicy number really caught my eye at the Erie Basin Marina University Test Gardens.
Loving Tropicals like I do, I was smitten with this orchid at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
Many of the gardens were dotted with colorful Crocosmia, another of my all-time favorites.
Love the purple foliage on this little orange piece of sunshine at the Urban Roots nursery.
And you've seen these before in a previous Buffa10 post, but they are so darn perky I had to give them a second time down the runway!


Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Nice to see a flower post on Buffalo without showing monarda! Great post, great photos.

Diana said...

Jim--LOL! I did photograph the monarda several times, but it was really hard to get a good shot of the mass with the conditions we were shooting under. Guess that's like our Lantana to you - enough already!

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Nice to see copious blooms somewhere in the world at this time of year. Was it like walking into a gardening book? the ones that look to real to be true. How nice to discover that it's true somewhere.

Diana said...

MSS - Yes, that's the perfect description -- like stepping into a Cottage Gardening book. The benefits of rain and a winter rest were evident everywhere. Course we're doing better this year. I have several things re-blooming that never do that after Spring. Keeping us on our toes here!

Carol said...

Ah yes, the flowers were so pretty. Thanks for the memories!

Diana said...

Carol - It was such a memorable trip, wasn't it? And each one so far has been unique. Can't wait til next year!

Cindy, MCOK said...

It was a treat to read your post and remember all those beautiful blooms!

Jayne said...

Beautiful flowers, and wonderful photos Diana. Thanks for sharing them.

Pam/Digging said...

Like Jim, I am surprised not to see monarda in your post, but unlike Jim, I couldn't get enough of it. :-) I love all the ones you show too.

Lancashire rose said...

Oh what those cool evenings do for the flowers. If only!! Glad you had a great time. Monarda does stand out when in the garden- just a bit too pushy sometimes but nice all the same. I only managed it one year in Austin- must have been the weather. Plenty of rain which kept things cooler that summer.

marmee said...


thanks for the love link below in the precious post. i have yet to do a post on the buffalo gardens. i have been very occupied with my new grandbaby girl. i am staying with my daughter for a couple of weeks helping her get settled into baby number two for her. thanks for coming over to visit and see her pretty face.
love your post on some exceptional flowers in the buffalo gardens.
happy summer to you.

Gail said...

How nice to go back to Buffalo with you! The hi temps there seem mild compared to the summers we've been having! There were some scrumptious dahlias and I loved the hydrangeas, too. gail

Layanee said...

The elusive flowers for a particular gardener often are the ones coveted. Love all these photos.

Diana said...

Cindy - It's always fun to look back and relive it on the blog, isn't it?

Jayne - Glad you enjoyed it vicariously -- maybe you'll come next year!

Pam - Honestly, the Monarda was so so full and striking in person, but it seemed to lack the same oomph in my photos, so I left it out.

Lancashire Rose - Glad to know of your experience here with Monarda. I was seriously looking for some in the spring and couldn't find the one I wanted but maybe I shouldn't go down that path!

Marmee - Well, you have much more important things to be busy with! She's a beautiful grand baby and I know you're having a wonderful time. Enjoy every moment you can!

Gail - Summer really IS here now, isn't it? It's our small price to pay for 10 months of gardening ... that's what I keep telling myself!

Layanee -- Yes, the grass is always greener in someone else's garden, isn't it?!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

A splendid rainbow of colour, Diana! I'm glad everyone had such fun and that we who couldn't go are reaping the vicarious benefits. It's always intriguing to find that plants that might be marginal for cold here also can't deal with too much heat. (hydrangeas)

Diana said...

Jodi - It was a fun trip -- hope you can join us some time -- or you could host! It is interesting to see what grows in different climate zones, but it was sad to realize I simply can't grow many of those things. And it's been 100 this week, so even our xeric plants are struggling now.

LindaCTG said...


What great inspiration from Buffalo. And wow, these photographs are outstanding!

Diana said...

Linda-CTG - Buffalo was just beautiful and we were in awe of all the gardens and flowers!