The first part of this post has shots I took last weekend in J. C. Raulston Arboretum at NCSU (Raleigh, NC).
It's a pretty large garden so these will be a smattering of shots I haven't used yet for other posts this week.
The flowers were looking very happy about our wet summer.
Flowers have a way of brightening up gray days.
It's nice when flowers don't get burned by summer heat.
When I'm at this arboretum I like to check out the sections that the university uses for seed trials and design projects.
It's fun to see what they are doing.
The seed trial sections look like quilts to me.
Definitely a bright and beautiful area.
I live fairly close to this garden but don't seem to go to it very often anymore.
One reason I was glad I went last weekend is that I tend to go in the early spring and fall and miss the summer blooms.
The rest of the shots are from Grace Garden near where I park when I have to go to my employer's offices in Durham, NC.
I can't believe how fast everything is growing there.
It had only been a week or so since I'd walked around this small memorial garden but it had many new flowers blooming.
The garden was planted in memory of Grace Richardson who died in an automobile accident.
Through the years there have been memorials and tributes to other people, in addition to Grace, in this garden.
I like the memorial below. I'm assuming it's a memorial although I suppose it could be a tribute to someone still living.