Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spring Garden

You see the flowers before you even enter the garden.

The sound of water greets you near the welcome center.

As you leave the visitor center and enter the garden
you pause, you breath, and you relax.

Some of the earliest spring flowers to bloom are the daffodils
which celebrate the end of winter with their bright yellow trumpets.

In addition to the daffodils
there are crocuses, hyacinths, and wildflowers.

A nice breeze blowing off the nearby lake stirred the flowers,
filling  the air with sweet scents.
Have you every stood near a field of hyacinths?
The smell is amazing!

The flowers weren't the only gorgeous thing in the garden. 

Now, to the reason I went to this beautiful botanical garden
"the tulip extravaganza."
Thousands of breathtaking tulips line the pathways
and are scattered on the hillsides;
every color, size, and variety you can imagine.

I took hundreds of pictures of the tulips. I couldn't share them all here, but if you'd like to see a few more I'm posting today at Focusing On Life. I'd love to have you drop over and see them.

If you're ever in Arkansas you must visit the beautiful Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Every season is spectacular.


  1. Wonderful wonderful shots of spring, Cathy! I love that last photo of the peacock, that vibrant blue is quite amazing!

  2. Well, add another place to my 'so-many-places-to-travel-so-little-time' list. Lovely!

  3. Oh my gosh, Cathy, you've given me a spring fix! I cannot imagine the perfume in the air. I liked strolling the grounds with you.

  4. Wow these gardens look incredible. I like the photo with the ball reflecting. I like the photos and enjoy reading your blog.
    I am a new follower of your beautiful blog

  5. Isn't this a place of beauty if there ever was one. My kind of place for sure.

  6. What a gorgeous lot of photos, Cathy! Although things have warmed up (temporarily) here in PA, we are a long, long way from having spring flowers so I loved seeing your botanical garden photos.

  7. How beautiful, Cathy! Bulbs are starting to poke their green tips up through the soil and the layers of last fall's leaves, but we're still a couple of months from color like this.

  8. Oh, this is paradise. I love these colors. I'm in love with these photos.

  9. gorgeous, like heaven on earth!! we have longwood gardens in pa. we will be visiting soon for their show of tulips and spring blooms!!!

    your photographs are beautiful!!!!

  10. Oh, my goodness, Cathy -- what a beautiful Spring garden. Your images are just gorgeous! We are in full spring mode here, but the heavy rain has made many blossoms droop -- however, I can't complain as we need the water. Happy Spring!

  11. second comment, focusing on the peacock...the close up is really beautiful!!!!


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