In the past few years I've been on numerous garden tours, thanks in large part to the annual Garden Bloggers Fling and the GWA conference. There are many gardens that I have yet to write about - in fact, I still have to go through the photos from this years travels.
Today, I'm going back...way back...to 2016 and the Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis. My favourite type of garden is a "gardeners garden" - you know, where the homeowners love really shines through - and the garden of Dianne and Dan Latham was just that.
Dianne & Dan's garden, described as a mini-botanical garden, is often referred to as Latham Park.
There were many interesting flowering plants throughout the garden including a diverse collection of lilies, which is not surprising considering Dianne is a member of the North Star Lily Society:
I’m a huge fan of hostas and this garden had some lovely ones:
|Lilies and hostas abound|
A dainty flower in one of the beds really caught my eye with it's curved petals punctuated with dark pink:
This gorgeous specimen is most likely a collarette dahlia
We sought out the owner, expecting him to tell us it was some sort of exotic specimen. His answer? A white pine. That’s it. It’s unique shape and texture are the result of annual trimming. Didn't I tell you we learned something new at each and every stop? By the way, the owners were simply a delight to speak with - so very enthusiastic and generous in sharing their knowledge and answering our many questions.
Of course, a park wouldn’t be complete without a water feature:
The pond was home to a couple of unusual plants that were particularly eye-catching:
This one appears to be a double form of Oriental lily (thanks Helen!)
|Oriental Polypan Lotus Lily|
Not surprisingly, however, the one area of the backyard that drew my interest the most was this:
|Row of Espaliers|
I made sure to take a straight on photo of one of the trees so that I could refer back to it should I ever get around to doing this on the west wall of my house:
|Espalier Apple Tree|
P.S. Give me a bean, fava and pea plant and I will quickly identify which is which, but I'm still finding my way when it comes to ornamentals. Not all of the plants in the gardens we visited were labeled, in which case, I've done my best to identify them when possible. If I've misidentified any of the ornamentals in this post (or you know what any of the "mystery" plants are), please feel free to let me know in the comments :)