Monday, July 27, 2009

Flowers with Brick and More

Flowers with brick (in the background)

Purple butterfly bush. By the way, this is located just outside the back gate of the Ropes Garden, so be sure to walk all the way through and you will spy it.

These are so fragrant and lovely. They give the garden movement and grace.

On my way to work today I walked through the Ropes Garden, one of my favorite places in Salem. I was taken with two bushes full of flowers that are very fragrant, so I asked one of the workers there what they were. He wasn't sure, so he asked his colleague and she didn't know either. They were both very apologetic.

I took photos, and not a quarter of a block farther in my walk, I ran into an acquaintance who is a member of the Salem Garden Club. She was doing some volunteer work on one of the landscaped traffic islands on Summer Street, and so I showed her the photos I had snapped with my iPhone. She quickly and correctly identified them as both being butterfly bushes. I verified her information with the Internet as soon as I got to work.

Here are the photos for you to enjoy, but you really do need to experience these in person if you possibly can. They are so fragrant and lovely.
I hope you get a chance to see the garden this year, and do go soon if you want to experience these terrific flowers.


  1. Hi Juli,
    The plant with the tall white spires is Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, also known as Fairy Candles). A wonderful perennial! I love seeing your photos of the Ropes garden. Thanks!