In the late winter the trees are still leafing out, leaving dappled shadows on the path.
It was a great surprise to me to read, in an advertising newsletter that came in the mail, that there was a botanical garden very close to home. The newsletter listed events coming up in the area and mentioned a garden club in Spring Hill that was going to have an upcoming lecture on backyard gardening exclusively with natural Florida plants. When I looked up the club it mentioned that they owned and operated this botanical garden. I decided that I would not delay going, I would go today.
It was far nicer than I expected and much larger
The photo above and below is part of the fantasy garden.
The lattice makes a pretty shadow!
Then you follow pathways under twisting branches and through lush greens
The Oriental Garden was charming
It led to a lovely pond
This beautiful plant, placed in memory of someones beloved, was in full bloom
Lily pads didn't hold any frogs today
There were lots of benches to sit quietly and listen to the wind brushing past casting shadows over me from the overhead trees.
A tiny magnolia tree was in full bloom by the gazebo.
The blooms were exquisite! I thought about the Pink Saturday blog. I haven't posted there in quite some time but will now.
While I was sitting in the gazebo I welcomed another lone visitor, Joyce. She is traveling and stopped here in the midst of her trip. She and I had a delightful visit. Two kindred spirits who connected immediately. We discovered we had at one time lived pretty close together in Michigan, so had much to talk over. It was a happy coincidence we met and are now Facebook friends.
Before leaving we both photographed this rose, one of the few left in the rose garden.
There is much more to this garden, which I will share in the next post.
It's a joy to know I can visit from dawn to dusk any day of the week and it's just down the road.
Shadow Shot Sunday 2