Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Revel In The Reds

Fiery rubies of spring. Norfolk Botanical Garden.
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"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

I cannot decide which season is the best for visiting our botanical gardens. More varieties are blooming, the grasses and trees are green and the roses are fabulous in early summer, but the daffodils and tulips abound in the spring. Then the fall colors, particularly in the oriental gardens and around the tranquil pond and fountain are magnificent and in winter the 1200 camellia bushes are in full bloom and even the bare crepe myrtle trees have a fabulous camouflage-like trunk with such a smooth texture. Who can choose? Thanks to my brother who gave me a membership.. I can go any time I wish!!!

These beautiful tulips are all but finished for the season.... the roses are in full swing....still... they bring such warmth. This year has been a very strange spring with short bursts of very hot weather, followed by plunging temperatures and rain. It feels as if we are on a teeter-totter or perhaps more aptly described, a roller coaster. Now, the hot weather is here to stay... into the lower 80's all week and now the rain isn't followed by days of low humidity and light breezes... it is humid and muggy and calm. Summer is almost here.

For now, I'll just have to revel in the reds of spring... captured in time.
More beautiful reds can be found at this week's Ruby Tuesday.

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