The second day of our visit with Chris and Mindy Tidrick in Champaign, Ill., dawned bright and warm - a perfect day for a walk in the woods. That's exactly what we had planned before heading back home. The University of Illinois has several lovely gardens, as well as an arboretum. I really looked forward to seeing it all, especially with a fellow gardener like Chris.
I took over one hundred photos that day, so I'll share the gardens' photos today and the arboretum tomorrow.
The first garden, and probably my favorite was the Japanese Garden surrounding Japan House. These types of gardens are never full of much color besides green, except maybe in fall when the maples are blazing, but the feeling of calm that they evoke is powerful as you stroll through them. There's almost a reverent feeling and I find myself talking quietly, in hushed tones. These gardens elicit respect somehow.
|Just outside the Japanese Garden was a beautiful specimen of one of|
my favorite shrubs, beautyberry (Callicarpa americana).
Next, we visited the Miles C. Hartley Selections Gardens, also an All American Selections Trial Garden. Trial gardens are fun, because you can see so many different varieties of annuals and take note of those that you may want to find for planting in your own garden.
|I love these tiny little marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia 'Ornament') and will be|
looking for seed for them for next year.
|Dahlia x hybrida 'Goldalia Scarlet'|
|Salvia farinacea 'Sallyfun™ Blue Tune' and 'Sallyfun™ Bicolor Beauty'|
|Capsicum annuum 'Chilly Chili'|
|Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl'|
We weren't the only ones enjoying the gardens on that beautiful afternoon...
|Monarch on Calibrachoa|
|Unknown red dragonfly|
|Honeybee on Dahlia x. hybrida 'Hello!™ Bronze Shades'|
|Buckeye butterfly on Alyssum (Lobularia Snow Princess®)|
|Honeybee on Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion'|
|Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion' is set to open...|
|Osteospermum 'Flowerpower Spider White/Purple'|
|One of my favorite plants, Arkansas Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii) was a|
couple of weeks ahead of the ones in my own garden, though we are both
in Zone 5b. Just look how it GLOWS!
|Rosa 'Double Delight'|