Last month I went to the 25th Annual Spring Garden Tour held by the Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills. I was going to rank the gardens as I had appreciated them. After thinking about that for a while, I came to realize that it’s not really fair to rank these six gardens, as each garden has its own personality, just like the people do, that tend them. I have, however, decided to share some photos of the garden that I liked most of all.
Butterflies Abound in this Happy Wooded Garden
Fabulous Rose Garden
Dainty Yellow Peony
Pretty Little Colombine
This garden sat up on a hill in Grass Valley, California. It was host to an aviary with happily singing finches and canaries. The butterflies appeared blissfully happy, and with every step that I took, I would find a lovely surprise in the form of some sort of flower that I had never seen in its particular color. You could tell that the people who grew this garden had spent many hours laboring in it. I would have liked to have had the time to sit out in it with a glass of wine in my hand to just drink in all the sights and colors of this magical place. I can’t imagine daily living in that environment. Well, I can imagine it, but I think the best way to see the garden would be to fly through it. No tending, no trouble, just sheer availability to loads of wonderful flowers. Oh to be a butterfly, just for one glorious day. Imagine…
Last weekend some friends of ours invited us up to Lake Wildwood outside of Grass Valley. My parents had asked us for years, “when are you going to move this way?” I always said, “never!” What I didn’t know was what a little gem of a lake this place has.
Near the Landing and Looking a Bit Like Memories from Lake Como
We went out on their pontoon party boat to view the entire lake. The homes were beautiful and everyone on the lake was very friendly, waves all around, (no pun intended.)
Sunset Ride for Us and the Security Boat
We stopped for a bit at one of their friends houses and sat out by the lake. It was such an easy pace and we talked and laughed until we needed to return back to the dock.
Deep Blues and Full Moon Rising
The full moon began to rise over the hills and the magic of the place completely set in on me. There are experiences in your life that just seem easy. This location has that peaceful easy feel to me.
Sunrise and Steam Rising Over the Lake
I couldn’t wait to see the sunrise on Lake Wildwood. The air was still as the fine moving mist rose across and off the lake.
We had to leave early because we had a conflict with another event. There are days when I wish I never had those sorts of conflicts. I could have enjoyed this view for…..well…..forever!