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The Beacon Hill Garden Tour

Show Program.  Yes, we saw this garden!

Show Program. Yes, we saw this garden!

The Webmaster regrets that she missed the May compost meeting, but she was on assignment in Boston attending The Beacon Hill Garden Tour. What can I say? It was pretty fabulous. We got to see 12 hidden gems in the beautiful Beacon Hill neighborhood. Most of the gardens were quite fetching and ranged from the stately to the whimsical. Guess which ones the webmaster liked best. A number of them could only be reached by going through the owner’s homes which was a treat in itself.

Boston in the springtime is really lovely – everything in bloom. It makes you want to move to the city. On Beacon Hill, of course. One of the trends that I noticed was the display of window boxes. They were everywhere and all quite different. Sticking pussy willows into them was quite popular. Fountains were also prolific.

Here are a few snaps to give you a taste! Check out the Whimsy Fish website to see more!

Pansy & Pussy Willow Windowboxes

Pansy & Pussy Willow Window Boxes

Cherub Fountain

Cherub Fountain

Boston 12

Tulip Garden

Traveling Members

Dena and Barb were traveling in April and wanted to share some lovely pictures.

Dena was in Kansas City and went to the Kauffman Memorial Gardens.

Kaufman Garden1

Kaufman Garden2

Barb sent us a snap from the Yorkshire Dales. Look how strikingly green the grass is.

Spring in the Yorkshire Dales - maxine.forward@gmail.com - Gmail

Flowers of Costa Rica

When I was visiting I could not get over how many plants were growing wild that we buy from greenhouses as house plants.

Take a look and I’ll bet you recognize them too. As it turns out, Costa Rica is a large exporter of both coffee and tropical plants. Oh, and bananas too.

– Max

Lovely flower ....

Lovely flower ….

..... with a spiked pod.

….. with a spiked pod.

Tiny orchid with unusual foliage.

Tiny orchid with unusual foliage.

Bright Orange Stalks

Bright Orange Stalks

Umbrella Plant. They say folks pick them to use as umbrellas. I don't know - he stems are filled with thorny looking spikes.

Umbrella Plant –  they say folks pick them to use as umbrellas. I don’t know – the stems are filled with thorny looking spikes. Cool flower.

Costa Rica Flower 6

Odd Shaped Bloom

Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Unusual Orchid

Unusual Orchid

Hydrangeas grow wild in the cloud forest!

Hydrangeas grow wild in the cloud forest!

Red Orchid

Red Orchid

Gigantic Succulents

Gigantic Succulents

Begonias gone wild. These were everywhere.

Begonias gone wild. These were everywhere.

Another tropical beauty.

Tropical beauty.

Another red bloom. Most of the flowers I saw were red.

Another red bloom. Most of the flowers I saw were red.

Looks like a fern, but it is actually a very tall tree top in the cloud forest that is fixing to open.

Looks like a fern, but it is actually a very tall tree top in the cloud forest that is fixing to open.

Beauty on the city streets.

Beauty on the city streets.

Huge Burl Wood

Huge Burl Wood

Just a little something in a garden near the swimming pool!

Just a little something in a garden near the swimming pool!

Orchid Face

Orchid Face – It has teeth!

Bananas Everywhere! They are not even native, but they sure like it in Costa Rica.

Bananas Everywhere! They are not even native, but they sure like it in Costa Rica.