I'm not finished with my 2019 Garden Bloggers Fling coverage—I still have several gardens to share—but I am jumping to the final event...
Our buses dropped us of here, in front of the visitors center, at Chatfield Farms, a 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm in Littleton, CO—it's part of the Denver Botanic Gardens organization.
Unfortunately it was late on a Sunday and the visitors center was closed.
And the sky was ominous.
They dropped us quite far away from where we were to gather for dinner, I'm sure the idea was we'd wander the garden en-route. But the thing was, rain threatened and my bladder called out for facilities (TMI?)...
So I didn't do much exploring beyond the main pathway.
I think it's fascinating to see yucca seedpods forming. We don't have the pollinator required for that to happen here in Portland. At least not that I've ever seen.
The long, low green shrub is Arctostaphylos x coloradensis.
Even just shooting photos from the main pathway there was a lot to admire.
However, after reading a recent blog post on Chatfield from the Miserable Gardener (here) I see that I did miss quite a bit.
The eremurus were fantastic.
And then there was this. It's the second Patrick Dougherty sculpture I've seen on a Fling, the first was in Reston, during the DC area Fling (here).
I did go off-path to check it out.
But once there I realized it was filled with mosquitoes.
They don't usually bother me, but this time it was different.
I made a hasty retreat.
But then realized I was required to cross a bridge over a low, still creek.
There were even more mosquitoes.
I still managed to snap a photo of the plants...
Then I came upon a trio of unexpectedly huge containers...
Ah, there's the red barn, our dinner destination.
Keep off water feature? Out of water feature?
Now that's cool. I want one in my garden...can you imagine having this as tall observation tower?
Okay time to head into the barn and hang with my fellow bloggers. And no, in case you're wondering, I did not leave mosquitoes behind. They were even in the bathroom...
Weather Diary, Sept 29: Hi 52, Low 44/ Precip .35" (that high of 52 is our lowest high temperature in 71 years here in Portland. We should be in the 70's this time of year)
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