Bill and I went to the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill on Saturday. Although I've posted about that garden several times, I thought I'd post some shots from this visit.
It was interesting to me to compare what was going on in the garden five weeks after my last visit. This time the seed heads were the stars for me. I love seed heads and the great thing about a conservation garden is they let much of the garden follow it's natural processes.
It was also fun to go there on a weekend at my leisure as opposed to after a doctor's appointment. Since it's across the highway from the UNC hospital road, I usually go there following an oncology follow up visit.
The advantage to going there after a doctor's appointment is on weekdays there are almost no people in the garden. The disadvantage is that I'm rushed as I need to get back to work.I get to see things on a weekend that I miss when I'm rushing through. I can't believe I missed the great blue heron in the lily pond before.I'm so used to photographing living ones at Shelley Lake that when I spotted them out of the corner of my eye, I thought they were real at first.The American Beauty Berry (callicarpa americana) spreads out behind the rows of lily ponds and is so beautiful with the mature fruit.
The wild scarlet basil below is taking off in the wild area of the garden. I didn't believe it was basil at first until I looked it up online. Apparently wild basil is in the mint family and doesn't look anything like the domesticate basil I plant.
This has gotten longer than I intended so I'll leave you with hearts-a-burstin' (euonymus americanus) which is definitely a star among fall plants in fruit.
To find other weekend snapshots you can go to the home of WS where participants post on Monday or you can browse for early birds on technorati weekend-snapshot.