We're traveling back in time to June 14th and the GB Fling visit to The Gardens on Spring Creek, in Fort Collins, Co. The good news for the community is that the garden is under expansion, the bad news for us "Flingers" was that meant the rest rooms were closed. A fact we realized only after our buses (with their gross, but functioning toilets) had pulled away....
Our gracious Fling hosts had arranged for a porta-potty, but it was late in arriving. You should have seen the line by the time it showed up! (I was at the front). But enough potty talk...
Because of that construction there were only two parts of the garden we were able to explore, one was the (also under construction) Undaunted Garden designed by Lauren Springer Ogden.
Lauren was supposed to meet us at the garden but do to an accident in the days before (busted kneecap, ouch!) she was a no-show, poor Lauren.
The garden is designed to be a showpiece of plants native to western North America and non-native plants adapted to local growing conditions: "The primary purpose of this three-quarter acre xeriscape garden is to demonstrate how to garden appropriately and beautifully in a drought-prone region".
Did someone say drought-prone?
Ah, but the verbascum don't care!
Other plants that caught my eye include this fabulous Salvia cryptantha (thanks to Bob and Caroline for the ID).
A knock your eyes out bright delosperma.
And this (to die for) Sedum 'Purple Jazz' (or so it was ID'd for me)...
The Undaunted Garden was not short on rocks.
Nor was the rock garden, the other area we were able to explore...
The gardens we saw during the Denver Fling all seemed to seamlessly incorporate hypertufa planters. I found it very inspiring.
Agave! It's a 'Neomexicana'.
And that beauty over yonder is a Yucca baccata.
The shrubby conifer makes a nice backdrop for the bloom.
I love all the creeping mounds of green we saw during the Fling. I'm not going to pretend to know for sure, but the maybe an Arenaria?
Perhaps Arenaria alfacarensis.
The color on the sempervivum tucked into the ravine is pretty fabulous.
Oh wait! Lunch is served. While I wandered around taking photos everyone else was queuing up to eat. I best go join them.
The group photo was actually taken when arrived at the garden, but it seemed like a fitting way to end this post. Oh, and I've got many more Fling memories yet to share.
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