Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Memorial Day at the Garden
Usually, the rhododendrons reach their peak around Mother's Day, but this year everything is late. The rain has been hard on flowers and some were already fading, but there still were many spectacular displays.  I hadn't been to the gardens in years--or maybe decades. I remember keeping our (then) toddler from falling into the water after the ducks and I remember being there with my mother. Now, there are more trails, more bridges and walkways and more accessible gardens. It's still a very popular place for small children and grandparents... and there are still lots of geese and ducks.

                              The pink ones always seem to be my favorites. These were giants.

                                       I liked the explosive look of this bud and leaf cluster.



There are several species of ducks and geese at the garden, but these are the common ones. Love the fluffy little goslings.

5 comments:

helen said...

These are wonderful! The geese and the rhodies! So beautiful.

The photo you asked about is the wall at People's Coop on SE 20th. I like to shop there and the little garden on the side is delightful.

Carrie H. said...

Looks like you had as great of a day as we did. I love all your renditions of the geese. The birds out there are abundant! Your flower blossoms are lyrical!

Dailysketches said...

Vicky,
Lovely!
I think your pages of geese and ducks are great! You really captured them and filled the page well!
Linda

Vicky said...

Thank you all for your comments and for stopping by my blog.
Helen--thanks also for the name and address of the co-op. I'll have to take my sketching buddies there!

barbaraschn said...

Vicky It has been a tradition of ours to go to the garden on Mother's Day, along with 100's of other people. We didn't go this year...not sure why. Your flowers are wonderful and I love the duck with the green head that is paddling.