Yesterday, I wrote about a visit to “The Farm at South Mountain”, which is an old farm that is a rural oasis in the shadow of downtown Phoenix.
The farm is made up of organic flower and vegetable gardens, restaurants, a large pecan grove picnic area, artist studio, gift shop, farmer’s market and spa. Weddings are also held here in this beautiful place.
As lovely the pecan grove looks in the winter, I plan to return in the summer to see them fully leafed out, so I can enjoy a picnic lunch in their shade.
Although the vegetable gardens were most prominent gardens to view, flowers could be found planted in mass, such as daisies and calendulas. But, I delighted in finding the flowers that were tucked away in unexpected places.
Vibrant, Red Ranunculus
Although, I do like vegetables, I am a flower girl at heart and so, I had so much fun looking here and there making sure that I did not miss any flowers.
Gerber Daisies grace the front of a collection of flowers.
Some flowers such as the Ranunculus and the Columbine, are not often seen in gardens in our area, and so I was happy to be able to take pictures of them to add to my photo library.
Spanish Lavender (Lavendula stoechas)
Do any of you have a flower or plant that you just love but for some unknown reason, you have not included it in your garden? Well, I love lavender and do not have any in my garden. Note to self…I need to plant some lavender ;^)
Heliotrope, Gerber and Purple Daisies.
Like I said before, you never know where you will find flowers. This laundry basket had a few cans full of flowers just sitting off to the side.
Bright, Sunny Calendula Flower.
Calendulas grew in organized mass plantings alongside the vegetables.
Fruity Girl (resident of “The Refuge”) peruses the flowers, herbs and succulents for sale.
Violas and Alyssum
Years ago, I grew Candytuft with Purple Coneflower. I love the brightness of the white color of the Candytuft.
Rows of Geraniums.
Geraniums perform very well in the desert, but generally do not survive the summer heat. So, they are best treated as a winter-annual in the desert.
Valentine shrub with Geraniums.
Little Farmer, Pastor Farmer, Fruity Girl, Mr. Compost, Daisy Mom and Monkey Boy.
I enjoyed visiting this special place with my younger sister and her family (residents of “The Refuge”). My mother, Pastor Farmer and nephew Little Farmer, (residents of Double S Farms) also came.
The Farm at South Mountain is a wonderful place to visit. I can hardly wait to visit again in the summer with my husband and kids when they will have summer flowers for us to see :^)
Tomorrow, will be my last post about this special place….