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Everyone thinks a Nasturtium is subtle until they’ve seen the variegated variation. Surprisingly enough, according to wikipedia Tropaeolum majus (aka the common garden Nasturtium) “is listed as invasive in several areas, including HawaiiLord Howe IslandNew Zealand[4].” *woots for living in a cold climate*

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

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Pretty blue borage (Borago officinalis). Most of the plants weren’t the most cooperative for decent photographs but I at I got SOME decent shots in the process. They are also known as “Starflowers”….. it’s a shame that I don’t hear that name much at all compared to the earthier name “Borage”

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

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These monsters are as tall as large sunflowers! But they certainly not sunflowers nor Heliopsis plants either… anyone know what they are?

EDIT- Surprisingly it’s a species of Rudbeckia; Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Goldquelle’. Credits to andrewsplants for the ID.

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

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tLantana shrubs! Word of advice; never ever smell them up close, you’ll likely regret it if you do >A< blegh! Butterflies supposedly like them though.

Yet again it’s a invasive tropical shrub trained and tamed by the Canadian north. I suspect it gets treated like the Solanum rantonnetii shrubs and gets dug up and grown in a greenhouse during the winter.

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canadaa

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*licks lips* does anyone else look at these roses and think of some kind of icecream or maybe butter? I must be getting hungry.

I think I like the second last photo the best, cause it really reminds me of those flower photos you see in garden catalogues <3

I had taken some photos of the red roses around area too, but I hate to say that the photos were less than flattering to the red roses. Screw it since red roses are so cliche anyways.

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

A closeup of a flowering Solanum rantonnetii(?) tree at the gardens. Considering the size and growing zone requirements I assume they dig up these big boys in the autumn time to overwinter in a local greenhouse. I thought of Happyplantnerd when photographing these (along with a few other plants from the nightshade family that were there).

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

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Blazing Star (Liatris sp.). I know it more by the name Gayfeather moreso than by Blazing Star…. either way it’s fab~ I think it’s underappreciated, even by me.

Definitely a plant genus that I should one day try to grow.

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

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Despite my dislike on annual versions of perennial plants, I gotta admit; these annual Rudbeckia flowers’ size and flamboyance blow the entire Rudbeckia genus out of the water. The flowers are larger than my hand. Monsterous I tells ya.

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

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If this variety isn’t called Skeleton, Ghost, or Phantom Daylily, it really should be! The Fresh white blooms are lovely and all, but then they turn really cool, ghostly and transparent as they fade. You gotta admit, it’s not everyday where part of a flower’s charm is it’s faded self (except maybe white grandiflorum Trilliums… cause you'know they can turn a popping PINK lol).

Photographed July 25th 2013, Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

(psssst; look for them on the garden island~)