|Sunrise from the airplane|
Just what has been going on over the last three (!) weeks? Covering a lot of ground! Or should I say, air?
Very early in the morning, a few Fridays ago, we made our way to the airport in Greenville to fly to Oklahoma City for a family wedding celebration and baptism. Would you believe on the way to the airport we saw an Armadillo??? Here, in South Carolina! Right outside our back gate!! I had heard that they were here, but this was my first sighting since we lived in Texas.
It was wonderful to see all the family members present in OKC. There is a ten month old great-nephew, four year old great-nephew and a 5 month old great-niece (the one getting baptized). They grow so fast. Since we had some time to kill Saturday afternoon, we went downtown to the Myriad Botanical Gardens. What a beautiful place. OKC has really done a lot of work in its downtown area. This is the Crystal Bridge, spanning the water. All around the grounds are beautiful garden areas.
As we walked around the grounds I had to keep reminding myself we were in downtown! Just beautiful!
From a distance you see the banks of the gardens, so inviting!
What about this Crystal Bridge you might ask? It houses a large conservatory. One end had very tropical plantings and at the other end, it was more arid. There is a catwalk across the top, giving you a wonderful overview of this magical garden.
At the floor level there are so many beautiful plants to see, many colorful foliage plants.
At this point I had to stop taking plant pictures, forgot my battery charger and still had family events to photograph.
Our trip home was longer than expected, flight got cancelled and lines were long to get re-booked. So very glad to be home!!
It was good to walk through my own garden as many blooms had opened in my absence.
|Amaryllis, first time blooming outside|
|Amaryllis, from one of my York County Master|
Gardener friends. Thanks John!
|Kalmia latifolia 'Carol', moved from the front last fall as it|
was almost dead. She lives!!
|Kalmia latifolia 'Sarah', had two tags on it, 'Sarah' and 'Carousel'. Had|
to wait until this year's bloom to know which it was.
Off in the woods the Blue-Eyed Grass is blooming.
Home on Monday from OKC and then off again to Seaford and parts north on Friday. Was able to make a quick stop at Freda's house for a wonderful visit and a nice lunch. Her driveway curves around to the far side of her yard, so the mailbox with the house number wasn't seen yet, but as I drove by her house, I saw a very familiar garden....just like in the pictures on her blog. Beautiful.
I was up in Virginia for my daughter's bridal shower in Manassas. Drove my mom and Charlie's mom to the shower. Great day!
|A few shots from the shower, was too busy having a good|
time to take a lot of pictures.
Came home with a few plants, courtesy of my mom and my friend Linda. From my mom's yard I collected a few ferns, Woodwordia virginica 'Virginia Chain Fern' and some hostas that my mom had collected years ago from her mother's garden in Pittsburgh. A few Lily of the Valley, Convallaria majalis, were tossed in.
My dear friend Linda gave me a couple of her Yorktown Onions from her yard. Mine are missing after a hard rain, tiny foliage was covered with silt.
|How lucky am I?? |
I brought my mother in law home with me for a visit. Since the weather has been so nice we went over to Park Seed for a look around. Well, yes, I did buy a couple plants. We looked at the gardens in the front area. Love the purples all together.
|Pretty Clematis in the Rose garden area, no label.|
|Digitalis purpurea 'Camelot Cream'|
Finally, in the family garden Clematis 'Prince Charles' is in full bloom. He has grown past the trellis and is nestled in the Gardenia shrubs.
I will be around your blogs to get caught up with what you have been doing. Sorry for the absence....life, it has a way of getting in the way of things.
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