Mountains and Sky -the Borrowed View in a Niwot Prairie Meadow
The gently triangular shape of the mown fields outside the border of the cultivated garden points the eye west to the mountains.
Bloggers headed out to the meadow , but there seemed to be an enthusiastic mosquito population to greet us-the Scripters were stationed on the deck to offer us a spritz of repellent before we ventured forth. I am one of the chosen who either lacks appeal or has no reaction to their bites-I don't know which.
Looking back toward the house , bloggers relax and enjoy the view from the deck.
There are always robust discussions of what the 'Plant of Fling' might be each year. You can make an argument for Penstemon, Peonys or Sempervivums but I'm going on record for the Columbine. It's on the Denver Fling logo, and it was just about in every garden. I rest my case.
Alliums, Columbine and Sanguisorba were the primary bloomers in the meadow on this June day. I did some googling because I was really interested to see this garden in winter . I was unsuccessful but I found a photo from an unidentified month-August or September is my best guess-that displayed an intense colorstorm of Muhly grass, Asters, Sedum and Echinaceas among other things. I won't share here due to possible copyright restrictions but do some searching yourself and you might find it.
This is a brief sampling of the numerous images I took of these two trees. Went into landscape photography mode.
I took some photos around the front of the house as well . There were a couple of really nice colorful island beds along the driveway area, featuring a more traditional design but still full of the climate appropriate plants we had become accustomed to seeing in Colorado.
I was tormented by the conifers.
I took this on the way out-should have taken it on the way in. Either way, it is a typical sentiment from the gardeners that welcomed 2 busloads of garden communicators with warmth and cordiality.