Good Friday morning to you all from s.e. FL. Thank you all for comments on flowers, needlework and my email/computer problems. Still don’t have the latter quite figured out but life goes on.
Yesterday morning I was really depressed, (computer woes, missing Mark, holidays coming, gray days, and a couple of other things that have me feeling down). I was going to do errands, but needed to DO something out of my everydayness, so, with the weather being a perfect day for it, I visited the Mounts Botanical Gardens, which is about 20 minutes away.
I took a back route to avoid heavy traffic, and just pulling into the parking lot was a respite from everyday life. Walking through the entry, I put my donation in the box and was blasted with scents, sounds of splashing and colors. Gentle cool breezes. It was wonderful, and I kept oohing and aahing and telling God thank you, for it was just what I needed. A quiet, lovely break. This fountain greets you right off with its gentle sounds.
This is another fountain, very soothing too.
I took 59 pictures. I’ll go again for more, maybe next week if the weather is still good. But in this post I’m going to tantalize you with ‘long views’. This place is so nicely kept. Lots of work by volunteers. There weren’t many people around which added to the peacefulness. This is right next to the flight path of the big international airport, so there are planes flying over now and then. This was just a small jet that was heading in for a landing. The airport is across the highway from the gardens.
One thing I was looking forward to was the ‘nursery’ at the back of the gardens where baby plants are sold very reasonably. I’ve been hearing about it, just never made it there. The last time I visited here was March for my birthday last year.
Below is the entry way into the area.
I bought 2 Yucatan daisies, a red Porterweed, a Mexican blue sage, a Cuban yellow buttercup, and a beautiful Hydrangea tree, Dombeya burgessiae (Seminole), only about 8-10 inches tall with buds on it already. I was given a baby African Blue Basil. One thing about going here is you can see what is growing in the gardens, then see if they have any outback for sale.
Below is a picture of the flowers of the Yucatan Daisy. It is fast growing and can get huge and full of flowers. I’ll show the other babies as they grow and bloom. The next time I go, I want to get a couple of Barbados cherry plants. The flowers look sort of like crepe myrtles, but these get very beneficial cherries for humans and birds like them too. They are very high in Vit. C, and are antioxidant. I’ve read they have a sweet/sour taste.
After I got home, had lunch and a nap, I repotted the plants. It will be fun watching them all grow and bloom, adding more beauty to my little, humble ‘Plum Cottage’ gardens. I walked around a bit and was very appreciative to God for all that He has blessed me with. Working in my own gardens are therapeutic for me.
It is a gray, drizzly morning. Yesterday was the perfect day for my outing, and my blues were chased away on the gentle breezes.
"There is a calmness
to a life lived in gratitude,
a quiet joy."
Ralph H. Blum