7 years ago I married my best friend, but it was also the start of a great friendship… with my florist! Unsurprisingly, his garden proved to be as unique and extraordinary as he is. He provided the names of all the flowers as I am horticulturally challenged 🙂
A swamp milkweed. As a friend pointed out, it looks like tiny skulls. I see little storm troopers.
A lovely orchid
Purple persian shield
A former monkey puzzle plant
Not sure what these sweet little flowers are called
Quaking grass and sweet pea flowers
The vine of a 5-leaved akebia
Black eyed susan
Rosemary in the middle of the path
silver dollar plant
and last but not least, wasps who have made their home in this tree for three years. Such a beautiful hive.
In an effort to save my kids from my various neuroses, I try to expose them to lots of new experiences, including ones that may not be so comfortable for me; like bugs. Crawling bugs I can deal with, but flying ones freak me out. This includes butterflies… have you seen them up close? They’re NOT CUTE. Despite that, I took my son into the butterfly room at the Academy of Natural Sciences. I am proud to say one landed on me and I only spazzed a little on the inside, trying to hold my composure so my boy wouldn’t see mommy freaking out.
This trip didn’t yield too many photos thanks to the 80% humidity and the constant fogging on my lens, but what I did get I was pleased with.
And because I can… the cutest thing at the museum: my sweet little Isaac:
My absolute favorite flower is the peony. Of course it’s only in bloom for a few weeks but while they’re here I got a few photos of them.
This shot is up for voting at Static Instants May Photo Challenge so go vote!
Finally a garden bouquet.
A very dear friend of mine, who happens to be Godmother to my youngest has an amazing well tended garden behind her historic townhome. I sang with her today for Easter and spent a little time strolling the grounds enjoying the company, the smells, and sights. It was a therapeutic end to a very hectic few months. I hope you enjoy!
Oh, how I wish I made it to the banzais before the baby melted down! Still, there was beauty everywhere, including those I was with and made for some excellent camera fodder.
These are small tiles in the grotto of the children’s garden.
This is how my little guy played in the fountain… by splashing himself in the face!
The living hallway… you know a place is really special when they go to all this trouble to decorate the corridor that holds the bathrooms.
A baby fern
Under the weeping cherry
I thought this hill looked so magical – thanks Lightroom for the ability to edit it how I saw it!
Japanese wisteria born 1975
My beautiful friend and her adorable daughter