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Visiting Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens – Part 2. August, 2017.

A horse carriage taking tourist around Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens, Niagara region, Canada. August, 2017.
A horse carriage taking tourist around Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens, Niagara region, Canada. August, 2017.

On March 16th, 2017 I wrote about my visit to Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens in the Niagara Falls region. I have promised you then that I will write more about this beautiful park relating to you my impressions from it when I have visited this place about 3 weeks later in the beginning of August of that year.

I will not write here about the history, size and location of this park since I you can find this information, and more details about this garden, in my first article which you can read here. Today I will just concentrate on writing about the park when I have visited it in the beginning of August 2017.

How Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens looked in the Beginning of August, 2017.

One of the biggest changes I have noticed was the number of blooming roses. They were much less roses blooming at this time, maybe also because July of that year was the hottest ever recorded on record and also extremely dry. I have observed that even in my garden, where I water roses very regularly, many of them have stopped blooming during this very hot period, or bloomed less. I guess they were just concentrating on surviving this extreme heat and dry spell.

The other reason why there were fewer roses in the botanical gardens could be that many varieties bloom the most profusely in June and the beginning of July.  Fortunately there were other heat loving flowers blooming at the time in this area and other parts of the park, when I have visited the park in August.

Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens - area were usually hundreds of roses grow and bloom when in season. In the beginning of August of 2017, only some roses were still blooming.
Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens – area were usually hundreds of roses grow and bloom when in season. In the beginning of August of 2017, only some roses were still blooming.

I have noticed my favorite Dorothy Perkin’s roses were no longer blooming, but I think it was just their natural cycle and normal for them not to bloom anymore at this time.

So profuse blooms of Dorothy Perkin’s rose in the Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens were now gone and only some dry flowers have remained, as you can see on one of the roses in the back on the left from the bench.
So profuse blooms of Dorothy Perkin’s rose in the Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens were now gone and only some dry flowers have remained, as you can see on one of the roses in the back on the left from the bench.

For a comparison, here it is Dorothy Perkins rose how it looked in the beginning of July, about 3 weeks before I took the picture above.

Dorothy Perkin’s rose in the Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens, when it was still blooming in the beginning of July, 2017. Niagara region, Canada.
For comparison, here is Dorothy Perkin’s rose in the Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens, when it was still blooming in the beginning of July, 2017. Niagara region, Canada.

One of the roses which has grabbed my attention when in Rose Garden in Niagara’s botanical gardens, was this still beautifully blooming rose, which you can see in the picture below.

A pink rose blooming in Rose Garden in Niagara's botanical gardens at the beginning of August, 2017. It looks to me like some kind of wild rose.
A pink rose blooming in Rose Garden in Niagara’s botanical gardens at the beginning of August, 2017. It looks to me like quite common kind of wild rose.

When visiting the park at the beginning of August, I was the most impressed with beautiful lilies so called “Black Beauty” blooming very abundantly in other part of the park. I am not sure why they are called black beauties since they are pink with some white edges on the petals, but they certainly were beauties and very impressive one. I would love to have such flowers in my own garden. I wonder for how long they bloom. The full information about this flowers, as listed on the label for this lilies was: “Recurved oriental Hybrid lily, Lilium – “Black Beauty” Liliaceae”.

On the pictures below you can see how beautifully they bloomed in Niagara’s botanical garden at this time, along with some other flowers.

Black Beauty oriental hybrid lilies blooming in Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens in August 2017. Niagara region, Canada.
Black Beauty oriental hybrid lilies blooming in Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens in August 2017. Niagara region, Canada.

I thought this part of the park looked really charming at this time of the year. I liked not only the lilies and the abundance of many other flowers blooming there, but also the elegant French style garden design with well manicured shrubs and decorative vases with flower and grasses arrangements.

Another view on "Black Beauty" oriental hybrid lilies blooming in Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens in August 2017. Niagara region, Canada.
Another view on “Black Beauty” oriental hybrid lilies blooming in Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens in August 2017. Niagara region, Canada.

 

A closes view on the "Black Beauties" lilies, Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens, Niagara region, Canada.
A closes view on the “Black Beauties” lilies, Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens, Niagara region, Canada.

 

As you can see there were also many other flowers in bloom there including some phlox and white hydrangeas (probably  hydrangea “Annabelle”).

Close up on the "Black Beauty" oriental lily in the Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens.
Close up on the “Black Beauty” oriental lily in the Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens.

Purple Liatris flowers were also in full bloom in many locations in this part of the park as you can see below.

Purple Liatris blooming in Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens in August, 2017. Niagara region, Canada.
Purple Liatris blooming in Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens in August, 2017. Niagara region, Canada.

 

Purple Liatris bloomingn in Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens in August, 2017. You can see its full name on the label.
Purple Liatris blooming in Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens in August, 2017. You can see its full name on the label.

There were also some beautiful white bell flowers, I am not sure what kind, probably Campanula persicifolia Alba or similar species.  They were blooming along some blue or purple Campanulla.

White Campanulla flowers, probably Campanula persicifolia Alba or similar species, blooming in Niagara's botanical gardens, August, 2017.
White Campanulla flowers, probably Campanula persicifolia Alba or similar species, blooming in Niagara’s botanical gardens, August, 2017. There were also some blue or purple Campanullas growing beside the white one.

 

White and purple or blue Campanullas blooming in Niagara's botanical gardens in August 2017. Niagara region.
White and purple or blue Campanullas blooming in Niagara’s botanical gardens in August 2017. Niagara region, Ontario, Canada.

A view from a different angle on this part of the park with more flowers, shrubs, herbs, grasses and trees.

Another view on this part of the garden, Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens.
Another view on this part of the garden, Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens.

I didn’t have time to check again all parts of the park I have seen in the previous month. The next area of the park I visited was a rock garden, which didn’t look very impressive at this time. You can see one picture of it below.

Rock garden in Niagara Park's Botanical Gardens, August 2017.
Rock garden in Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens, the beginning of August 2017.

While walking further into the park, this interesting flower has grabbed my attention.  The flowers looked very much like that of a simple wild rose, but leaves certainly didn’t look like belonging to rose family. I am not sure what kind of flower it was.  I couldn’t’ find any labels with its description. Do you know what is the name of this flower? If so, please comment on the blog.

Here is another flower which has grabbed my attention in Niagara's botanical garden. The lowers looked very much like a simple wild rose, but leaves certainly didn't look like belonging to rose family. I am not sure what kind of flower it was.
Here is another flower which has grabbed my attention in Niagara’s botanical garden. The fowers looked very much like a simple wild rose, but leaves certainly didn’t look like belonging to rose family. I am not sure what kind of flower it was.

I have also noticed this interesting tree with original looking trunk and many branches growing from almost its bottom. I am not sure what kind of tree it was. Perhaps it was some kind of a cedar tree. They have many more original looking and hard to find trees species in the park.

One of the interesting looking trees in Niagara's botanical gardens. I am not sure what kind it was.
One of the interesting looking trees in Niagara’s botanical gardens. I am not sure what kind it was.

I have also visited their small vegetable garden. I particularly liked there the way how they were growing strawberries on the wooden shelves, as you can see in the back of the picture below.  They also had many calendula flowers in bloom at this time. In Niagara’s botanical gardens, you can also see much bigger vegetable garden located in other part of the park, close to the building of the School of Horticulture.

Small vegetable garden in Niagara Park's botanical garden. They also have bigger vegetable garden in other area of the park.
Small vegetable garden in Niagara Park’s botanical garden. They also have much bigger vegetable garden in other area of the park.

 

I have also visited their small vegetable garden. Niagara Park's Botanical Garden, Niagara region. Ontario, Canada.
Broccoli, tomatos, onions, beans and other vegetables growing in the small vegetable garden in the Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens. Niagara region, Ontario. They certainly have used the space well.

Since it was getting already pretty late, we have ended our visit here. It was time certainly well spent.

Is this Park Worth Visiting and Niagara’s Botanical Gardens Opening Hours.

I think Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens are certainty worth visiting and returning to at various times of the year during the warmer warmer seasons to see the plants which are currently in bloom and how the park’s look is changing. In the fall, colourful leaves of many trees will add a lot of colour to this nature’s display.

Best of all, the admission to this beautiful park is free and there is also a butterfly conservatory I have mentioned in my first article. If you would like to visit it as well, you need to buy a ticket. For more information about the park and its opening hours you can read my first article about this garden and also follow the link to the park’s page.

The Copyright and Following this Blog.

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