This morning we took advantage of the weekend’s unseasonably cool temperatures to walk through portions of nearby Duke Gardens, beginning with the Asiatic Arboretum. Along with lovely plants this part of the garden is filled with carefully placed stones, lanterns and water features. A new moss garden was one of the peaceful highlights. It will be interesting to see how this matures over time.
A most heavenly fragrance led us to admire an enormous cluster of flowering Hedychium coronarium (Ginger lily).
This large, yellow-hued flower belongs to a Dwarf yunnan banana.
A popular attraction in the Asiatic Garden is a garden pond filled with waterfowl and accented at one end with a red Japanese style arched bridge. As we wended our way from one end of the pond to the other I found the many forms of stone especially appealing. I would love to add a huge boulder to my own garden.
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After leaving the Asiatic Garden we passed the butterfly garden where Hibiscus and native Joe-Pye Weed were among the many plants, but only a butterfly or two were there to enjoy them.
Eventually we made it to the Terrace Garden where abundant grasses were playing an important role. The pink plumes of grass swayed gently in the breeze, not really coming into focus for the camera, nor even in person. Unfortunately I could not find identifying labels for this set of plants.
At half past noon as we were on our way home the thermometer had risen only to 77°F. It was a lovely August morning.