It's not every day that a hot air balloon lands at Welkinweir. Probably because they really aren't supposed to, but due to some miscommunication, we had a rather large "flower" in the garden for a minute or so.
Naked ladies and hot air aside, I want to share several photos of what is blooming in the Barn Ruins, or what was blooming during the past few weeks. The Barn Ruins is second to the Children's Garden for summer interest, and definitely worth a visit, but I suggest bringing insect repellent and coming in the early morning.
gooseneck loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides
The black and blue salvia on the right is quite beautiful, but the blue is hard to capture on camera. Come see it in person!
Geranium 'Rozanne' on left, and ladybells, Adenophora confusa on right
blue eyed grass, Sisyrinchium
Belamcanda chinensis, also known as blackberry lily. The one on the left is 'Hello Yellow'. I do not know the red spotted variety.
perennial sunflower, Helianthus
Lonicera sempervirens, 'John Clayton' on left and 'Major Wheeler' on right
The portulaca are putting on a great show. I believe these are Portulaca grandiflora, more commonly known as moss-rose. We seem to have almost every color out there.
If you come too early you might miss the portulaca since they wait until mid morning to really open up. but definitely put visiting Welkinweir on your list of things to do this coming week. http://welkinweir.org/