163/365 Lake Harriet Gardens

If you ever visit the Twin Cities in Minnesota, do yourself a favor and visit during the summer.  Although our growing season is short, we make the most of it.  We also have great parks.  

On this day, my parents and I walked around Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.  We park near the rose and other gardens so we can walk through them before we leave.    We start with the rose garden.  The heavy rains had beaten them up a bit but they were still fragrant and lovely.

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This beauty must have opened after the storms. 

 

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There were artists painting and sketching in the gardens.

 

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These flowers were almost luminous.

 

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I love these speckled lilies.

 

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The fountain includes spouting turtles. 

 

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Look! Large monarda plants without mildew.

 

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A riot of dianthus flowers.  

 

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One of the things I love about old-fashioned gardens is the interplay of the plants, their variety of color, texture and shape.

 

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Goose-neck loosestrife always make me smile.  A large planting of them does look a bit like a flock of geese.

 

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