I’ve fallen behind on my posts this week for two reasons:

1. It’s been a ten-service week for the New York City Ballet Orchestra at its summer home, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center


2. Torrential rains have put a kibosh on any outdoor photography.

But today we not only got out of rehearsal early, but the sun was shining!  So after lunch, I walked away from town back to the entrance to SPAC. SPAC Entrance

Why?  Because every time we drive into the park, I’m in awe of the fabulous wildflower garden on either side of the entrance…

Wildflower garden at SPAC

And I wanted to take a closer look at the sunflowers…



Pink Gerber Daisy

Ornamental grasses…

striped grasses

And fuzzy, lilac-like blooms.

fuzzy purple flower

The riot of colors…

riot of colors garden

Would make it seem like this garden is at its peak.  But there are still lots of buds waiting to burst…

green bud

As well as another 10 New York City Ballet shows to take in! (You can buy your tickets here).


  1. Helen Reich says:

    Thems ain’t wild flowers, but very much cultivated garden flowers. Zinnias, red salvia, daylilies…..sorry to be a stickler for details. Also the sunflowers…..they may volunteer frequently, but not really considered wild flowers, I don’t believe, at least not the ones planted here. Nonetheless, beautiful gardens!

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      I figured I might be off when I labeled the fleurs as “wild” (and, of course, I could see that the gardens are meticulously cared for!) I also suspected that the flower I labeled “Gerber Daisy” might be another type of daisy-like flower. Oops. But I’m now elucidated, thanks to you. What hasn’t changed is that I love ALL flowers and this garden has a wonderful combination of blooms, grasses and visual interest.

      I’m off to play the first of two shows for today. Tomorrow is a day off (thankfully, especially since it’s supposed to be 90 degrees – not fun to play in those kind of conditions!)

      XOX – Joana

      On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 6:54 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  2. mehmeh says:

    Lovely! Why haven’t I seen this garden??? The fuzzy lilacky flowers are spirea. I’ve got 2 spirea shrubs here. I love them.
    I love you, too.
    xo mehmeh

    • Joana says:

      Hi Meh-meh,

      You probably didn’t see the garden because we would have passed through the gates at night when we took you and Pa to the shows. And thank you for letting me know about the lilacky flowers. 🙂 Apparently, the garden isn’t made up of “wild” flowers, but since there are a lot of the flowers I see around your garden in GP, I figured that I could say they were wild. A blogger’s license…?

      I love you, J

      On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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