A few weeks ago Monica from Garden Fairie's Musings emailed me to say she'd be in Chicago this weekend for a visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden, and invited me to join her for the day on Saturday.
We had a wonderful time. The weather was beautiful - temperatures in the mid-80s and sunny. I have a garden glove tanline on my wrists, a sock tanline on my ankles since I garden in running shoes and socks, and now after our visit to the garden on Saturday, I have new camera-strap tan lines to go with the others.
It was a joy to meet Monica and spend the day with her. Her warmth, passion for plants and gardening, and her beautiful smile and easy laughter were infectious.
We were so busy walking, talking, and enjoying the beautiful garden displays, I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I would.
Does anyone know what the purple flower is? I know I've seen it before but am not sure I ever knew what it was called. We couldn't find one that was labeled, and we both thought it was beautiful.
I love the sunlight coming through the foliage on this banana.
This huge swath of Gateway Joe Pye Weed was just coming into bloom, as are mine planted last fall. It was neat to see how big and bold the plants in my garden could become as they mature.
Next time I'll post more pictures and show you my favorite parts of the gardens.