Saturday, July 10, 2010

Color And Exuberance-Buffa10 Style

The Buffa10 tour of Buffalo's Cottage District seemed a virtual explosion of color and exuberance: flowers, foliage, garden art, architecture and umbrellas. Yes, we got rained upon. No, I didn't mind one bit. Meandering through lovely gardens in a gentle rain is just not a problem. Holding an umbrella and trying to take photos requires a bit of a learning curve but it was all so very worth it.

The rain softened the look of many of the gardens and tempered the heat of Thursday. This California girl has lost her childhood ability to deal with humid heat. Thank you Buffalo for turning the heat down a bit!
Garden bloggers from around the country and even a few from Canada have descended upon Buffalo and we are having an absolutely wonderful time visiting gardens, garden centers, test gardens and more. And equally exciting is getting to meet personally with bloggers whose blogs we read and to sit and discuss blogging, climate, garden shoes and a plethora of topics...enough so that we were referred to as the noisiest group one of our host has yet had visit, as well as one of the nicest!

This little sweet fairy wasn't fazed by the rain and is just one example of the garden art by which I've  been inspired.
I'll leave you with just one last peek at some of the color we've seen...I'm guessing there will be a spike in painting at a few gardens around the country in the next few weeks!

8 comments:

Darla said...

I have enjoyed seeing color on structures in these garden photos and others, make the plants pop!

Commonweeder said...

there was exuberant color in the lush gardens - and in the houses of those cottage districts. Do I think my husband would paint our house beautiful shades of orange and green and yellow? No.

Annie in Austin said...

Meandering in a gentle rain sounds so romantic, Leslie, and the colors are so vibrant!

But what I find myself drawn to is the white painted brick... envy that kind of neutral background as opposed to the muddled-up medium brown, tan, corally-orange and dark brown bricks on the walls of my house...

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

noel said...

aloha,

wow, you were right about color, they are not shy there and i love the community garden spirit...amazing!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I think that the lush color is a reaction to our climate. I'm not in Buffalo, of course, but I'm pretty certain that their winter features the same shades of brown and grey as ours does!

By the way, you did much better than I did with the whole balancing-camera-and-umbrella thing. Lovely photos!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

See, I missed that darling little fairy child. That's why everyone's posts are so much fun to read. Lovely to see you and go to church with you. What a church it was.~~Dee

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

That's one advantage to a point & shoot, it's a lot easier to use under an umbrealla. It was so great to finally get to spend time with you. Who cares about the rain?

Cindy, MCOK said...

The use of color is one of the concepts I am still pondering. I want to be bolder in my own garden but I must figure out how best to do that!