He's bounced his way into our baskets, our hearts, and onto our furniture, and mesmerizes us for hours at a time.
This past week Cheryl, a sister-blogger and friend, and I visited the National Arboratum in DC hoping to get a glance at the azaleas, rhododendrons, and lilacs. Luckily, we're easy to please as these were really past their glory. We did have a great walk through the beautiful woodland paths of the gardens. We hiked through hill and dale and I realized that before my knee replacements, I would not have been able to do this.
What the NA DID have, however, are the most exquisite bonsai I've ever seen. Several date back to the 1600s. This one is at late-comer, having begun in 1725!
The garden also featured beautiful sculpture.
I did not know that we had a National Herb Garden....
Unfortunately, the fact that their funding has been substantially cut was all too obvious. I wanted to dive in and start weeding, particularly in the rose garden. I wonder if they take volunteer groups? It's still worth a visit.
I'm hoping to get to Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County during the first 'flush' of the roses. These gardens are superbly maintained and beautiful.