August 11, 2013

Fabulous Flower Gardens

Flowers are one of my passions . . . I just love all the colors and shapes and textures to be had in a beautiful flower garden. I do pretty well with my own little pots of annuals and perennials but must admit my best flower garden blooms in my studio amidst my fabric stash. I'm a sucker for florals from traditional to modern but my biggest patch of fabric flowers is my Kaffe stash.

This weekend we took furniture up to our college son in Fort Collins and I persuaded them to stop by the CSU test gardens so I could take some pictures. 178 pictures to be exact. They had NO idea what they were in for but thankfully found an excuse to wander over to campus leaving me alone to admire and photograph all the splendid color.

Colorado State plants one of the best gardens around as part of a test garden to evaluate annual cultivars and their performance in the Rocky Mountain region. There are more than 1000 varieties of annual plants. The garden is right on College Ave on the south east side of campus. I highly recommend a visit any time mid to late summer when everything is in full bloom.

The range of colors and patterns found within each blossom and leaf are a great source of inspiration for my choices in quilt design. Here are just some of the beauties to be seen. Enjoy . . .

Beautiful BIG blooms!!!

Lots of PRETTY petunia varieties!!!

Nuances of Color!!!

and of course GREAT leaf shapes and colors

Hope you feel inspired!  Have a colorful week.


  1. What beautiful flowers. I love the coleus too.

  2. Aren't they something! I love purple cone flower but it fades quite fast. Looks like a lovely day

  3. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous blooms. Your photography is excellent!

  4. These photos were fabulous. I could get lost in a place like that! We have a Botannic Garden, but it's mostly shrubs, trees and irises (not a fav flower). I think they should add annuals, after seeing the riot of color in your blog post!

    I look forward to whatever inspiration will strike you from this meander--

  5. Stunning! I just love the dahlias. I'm thinking a trip to our botanical gardens might be in order!

  6. Wow, wow, wow! This garden is definitely worth seeing! I enjoy the colors as much as you do. I just don't want to take the time to cultivate flowers because it takes time away from sewing. Still, these flowers and your great photos are inspirational. Simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.


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