Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday at the Arboretum

Time for another visit to the Dallas Arboretum. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary. The nice thing about trips to the Arboretum is that you may see some of the same things, but there is always something new blooming.
The pansies were mostly gone, and the petunias were in and looking beautiful!
Masses of bright spring colors..
The marigolds were in and starting their pretty yellow and orange show..
The creeping jenny by the stream was thick and lush...
Aren't the Japanese Maples beautiful hanging over the stream..

The Delphiniums were...well, so blue!

The foxglove were standing proud and tall in several beds..

Jerusalem Sage was in full bloom and very showy..

But the star of the show this trip...were the roses and iris!

"Fairy Rose"


"Belinda's Dream"
(thank you Mother for holding the rose so I could take a picture!) :)


This is the only Iris that was marked: and what a great name!

"Chocolate Fudge"

Simply stunning..(not the name, but should be!)

My picture does not do this justice..this is a beauty. And she has the best fragrance of any iris I have ever smelled.

We spent over 2 hours taking in all the beauty, but knowing we still didn't see everything. Flowers nourish my soul..they make me happy..they give me peace.
"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning." Lydia M. Child


lola said...

That was so awesome. I really enjoyed the tour with you. I lived in Dallas many yrs ago but never got to see the arboretum.

JenningsJunk said...

I'm jealous - you got to spend an afternoon with your mom at the Arboretum. You pictures and descriptions are spectacular! We (Mom and me)are hoping to make it back out to the Arboretum after Mother's Day.

CiNdEe said...

Thanks for the tour. I loved it!!! It is so pretty there(-: I love that little stream with the Creeping Jenny(-:
CiNdEeS' GaRdEn

Meadowview Thymes said...

I didn't know you ever lived in Dallas Lola! The Arboretum is awesome! The last 10 years they have really worked into making it a garden heaven!

jj--it will be pretty in May too. That's usually when the impatients are in...and they can be show stoppers!

Anonymous said...

Glorious blooms going on right now at the Arboretum. Those Irises were simply stunning. I love the name of the one "chocolate fudge" how unusual. :)

Meadowview Thymes said...

Cinee-the area with that stream is almost my favoirte area. The stream continues on to a small field of wildflowers (my favorites! There is an area for everyone the Arboretum is so big.

Racquel, I couldn't believe the iris either. I wish they were all marked, I'd like to try and find some of those iris.

Susie said...

Looks like a wonderful day to me Linda. All these blooms and pictures are gorgeous but my favorite is the one of the creeping jenny. I find it so refreshing by the water. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Brenda said...

I do like that quote! Makes me want to get a large space and plant en masse. Makes such a lovely view with fields of one thing as far as the eye can see. But I guess in my smaller gardens I couldn't do that. Oh well, thanks for the inspiring tour!

Meadowview Thymes said...

That's the best thing about the Arboretum Susie--there is something there for everyone. The creeping jenny was beautiful.

Glad you liked the virtual tour Brenda. Come up here sometime and we'll go! You would really enjoy it I think.

Dawn said...

Beautiful pjhotos and a lovely place!

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

It's all lovely but that stream really calls to me! I have periodic visions of digging up the back garden to making a stream that runs along the fence.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Dawn--it IS a lovely place! Very peaceful (when it's not packed with people!) :)

Cindy, the stream is my favorite place. On the other side of the bridge that crosses the stream at one point there is a tiny "meadow" full of Texas drought tolerant natives. I love it!