After 2 weeks of really crummy weather, we finally had a gorgeous spring day on Mother’s Day. My family treated me really well: the boys each made me a card, SuperDad gave me the Mary Kay gift basket he had won (highest bid) at the silent auction, they swept the floors of the house and vacuumed the van… do I sound like I’m bragging? Then we headed out to the state arboretum! 😀
The parking was a little crazy because they were hosting the annual Mother’s Day weekend plant sale. Tons of vendors with plants and garden-related stuff for sale. They even had little wagons you could use to haul your plants around until the end of your shopping spree.
This one sat still while the proud shoppers were taking a break under the tents with some refreshments.
We quickly browsed through the outdoor shopping area and headed for the “back 40” — or in this case, the back 700+ acres.
This isn’t just an arboretum; it also serves as an experimental farm for a state university. The last time I was here (on a field trip last June), we observed some of the staff hand-pollinating flowers in the “pollination garden.”
This design on the gate caught my attention, with its circles and horseshoes.
I’m saving the purple and arch pictures for tomorrow’s WWC post, but here a few photos I can share with you today:
I brought the older digital camera with us and practically begged someone to take some pictures! No one else has ever shared my hobby (although SuperDad has been known to grab the camera to photograph the various birds that frequent our yard). MusicMan finally obliged.
When I went to look at the pictures he took, he had already deleted them from the camera! I thought they were GONE until I uploaded my own pictures and noticed that he had created a file of his own.
After walking through fields, we swung past the herb garden and on to the car. Within 2 miles, the little ones in the backseat discovered 3 ticks. Ewwwwww!!! Out the window they went (the ticks, not the boys).
We ate here for dinner (using up coupons we had “won” at the silent auction. [This Mother’s Day has been brought to you by winning bids from the silent auction.] I had enough points to enjoy a burger with provolone, onions, and mushrooms 😀 and then we back headed home.