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An Early Spring Afternoon @ The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens!

The weather was absolutely spectacular this past weekend!  On Saturday afternoon we couldn’t wait to jump in the car and head out on one of our famous “day-trips”!  This time we headed south (shh, we ventured outside of the Hudson Valley, LOL) and went to the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

On one hand, we were amazed and how crowded (because of the “recession”) and on the other hand we expected many people enjoying quiet time reading under a tree or walking through the gardens as we were. 

We were visiting at the beginning of the BBG’s Cherry Blossom Season which is April 3 – May 2. We are planning a trip to DC next weekend to visit during the National Cherry Blossom Festival so we choose to pass on walking through the early blooms of these cherry trees.  Instead, we headed to the left side of the gardens and leisurely strolled along.  First walking along the brick path passing Shakespeare Garden, which wasn’t yet in bloom but still beautiful and peaceful. 

Fragrance Garden

Then it was on to the wonderful Fragrance Garden.  The BBG proudly recognizes this as “the first garden in the country designed for the sight-impaired.”  The fragrances will capture your senses and take your mind wondering to a tranquil place that we can, for a movement, forget all the worries of our lives.  

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Continuing along we wandered into the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.  The garden was the first Japanese garden to be created in an American public garden. According to BBG, “it is considered to be the masterpiece of its creator, Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota (1881-1943). Simplicity and “harmonious asymmetry” are important principles in Japanese gardens, making them more beautiful than most to me. 

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Then it was on to the spectacular Judith D. Zuk Magnolia Plaza

Judith D. Zuk Magnolia Plaza

When I say spectacular, I mean spectacular!  I was surprised to learn there are some 17 varieties of magnolia’s.  Magnolia Plaza is both breath taking and fragrant.  An elegant formal garden of magnificent trees spread in front of the beaux arts Administration Building. The sweet scent and showy blossoms of magnolias are among the early signs of spring at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In March, the star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) bloom, covering the trees.

Judith D. Zuk Magnolia Plaza

Then on to Daffodil Hill which filled the hillside with bright yellows sure to put a smile on anyone’s face, including ours! 

Daffodils on Daffodil Hill

Just down the steps past the magnolia’s we approached Lily Pool Terrace.  

Jenkins Fountain at Lily Pool Terrace

 The centerpiece of Lily Pool Terrace is the Jenkins Fountain, directly in front of the Palm House. Two large pools are situated to its north and south, bordered on the west by the mixed perennial border, and on the east by the annual border.  Two large pools are planted with nearly 100 varieties of hardy and tropical water-lilies and sacred lotus—a stunning attraction in July, August, and September. 

A Day at Lily Pool Terrace

Then we stopped and enjoyed a great lunch at the Terrace Café.  The café offers delightful outdoor dinning with a “wonderful menu of gourmet lunches & beverages from spring to early fall.  How special lunch was when we sat with another couple that is also planning on visiting the DC area next weekend for the final weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival; maybe we’ll see them in DC!

 Now for all you shopaholics, no trip (be it a “day-trip” or week long vacation) is complete without some shopping, but of course!  The BBGarden now has two shops, both located on Lily Pool Terrace.

The Gift Shop carries some unique stationery, personal accessories, and items for your home. Many items are exclusive to the Garden, including signature products featuring the Garden’s distinctive logo. Several products that utilize the artwork of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegeum Society are also available.  If you can’t get to the garden, consider visiting the online Garden Gift shop

The Garden Shop carries everything for the garden, books, and gifts for children. New York Magazinewrites that “the (garden) shop has an amazing selection of plants … and features one of the most extensive selections of bulbs and seeds in the city.” The shop, located in Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s spectacular Steinhardt Conservatory complex, carries just about everything a gardener could want, from plants to tools to garden supplies, as well as an extensive collection of gardening books.

We had a great afternoon at the BBG and if you love flowers, gardening, strolling along pathways or simply enjoy nature and the outdoors, we encourage you to consider making a visit too. 

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today!

Beautiful!Persian Fritillary-Lily Family

Alpine Squill-Hyacinth Family

Flowers, planting and love….

Welcome to my gardenMy welcome stepping stone and imagine rock are nestled in my garden as you approach my front door.  I live in a condominium so gardening space is limited so I love tucking stepping stones and/or ornamental objects where ever possible. 

cimg2219 Purple Daylillies in full bloom One lonely yellow daylillie

For me I find peace in my garden.  While I am certainly not an expert gardener I so love the beauty.  Whether it’s my container garden on my deck cimg22021or the beauty of my perennials I love “play’in in the dirt.”  I’m certain that if I had a house with property we wouldn’t need to worry about cutting the grass as there would be a variety of flower gardens in each section of the yard!  

Staycationing and lovin it!

I am blessed to live in a beautiful area, the Hudson Valley.  My deck overlooks a beautiful man made lake (Lake Meahagh) which flows into the Hudson River.

I love sitting on my deck listening to the many sounds of nature on a beautiful summer evening or enjoying my first cup of coffee early in the morning.  The sounds of the winds blowing the trees, the many birds (nuthatches, gold finches, woodpeckers, cardinals and more) singing and the geese, swans ands ducks swimming happily in the lake–who could ask for more!

Lake Meahagh through the trees Flowers, flowers, flowers, who would not enjoy a beautiful summer evening sitting on a deck overlooking a lake enjoying the sounds and beauty of flowers blooming/shinning in the evening sunset.  For the first time ever I mixed lobelia and impatients in strawberry pots and the results–well spectacular to me! 

 lobelia and impatientscimg2201

We should take the time to enjoy our surrounds–not worry about if we can or should go away on vacation.  Times are difficult and we need to learn to appreciate what it most likely right in front of our eyes — so to all of you I wish you a happy summer filled with breath taking views, enjoyable sounds and most importantly laughter and love from those closest and dearest to you everyday!

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