What a perfect name for Tony Avent’s beautiful nursery. In addition to the many greenhouses and beautiful plants for sale, there is a pond surrounded by iris right now, two waterfalls and a peaceful wooded area. Plant Delights is open to the public this weekend… try to make it out there!
I went to Fairview Garden Center today in Cary and found an amazing variety of plants and flowers! What fun to just walk around and have so many to choose from. Also bought some Sunpatiens and Sunbushes for around my mailbox. Will wait until tomorrow to plant since we will be near freezing tonight.
Also bought “Bloom Where You’re Planted” t-shirt at Kohl’s. My daughter-in-law mentioned it and just had to get a neighbor to take a photo.
HAPPY EASTER to you all!
Seagulls on the pier.
This afternoon was so beautiful so I went by Lake Wheeler. Lots of seagulls are there and a few boaters.
Our CNPA Midweek group went to the Farmer’s Market in Raleigh today. We had a great turnout and lunch at the Farmer’s Market restaurant was delicious.
The CNPA Midweek group went to the Fairview Garden Center today. Thank you to the staff for allowing us to come photograph the wonderful selection of plants and Fall items.
Bromeliad on black background (foamcore).
Pumpkin and ivy.
Trio of hibsicus
Plant Delights in southern Wake County is one of the most beautiful garden nurseries I’ve seen. It is open to the public on select weekends throughout the year to see their plants and purchase from their greenhouses. Today I found some nice subjects and saw friends from the Eastern Carolina region of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Assn. Fun morning!
The diversity of interesting places in our area of North Carolina is amazing. This week I was told about a little zoo called the Aloha Safari Zoo in Cameron. I have not been there but you can look at their website: http://www.alohasafarizoo.org/
Another friend took me to the Cedar Creek Gallery yesterday. Such a cool place in Creedmoor! Their website is: http://cedarcreekgallery.com/
Here are some images of the various crafts and handmade goods. In October they have glass blowing demonstrations which should be photo worthy.
Pots on the mantel.
Beautiful serving dish.
Containers on the stairs.
Glass balls outside.
Flowers with barn.
The garden is a place of joy and relaxation for me…and probably you as well. I spend a lot of time at the Raulston Arboretum either photographing for myself… for their website… or with students. But still, almost every time there is a new discovery and a moment in time to capture.
Found this hummingbird moth recently sitting still.. that was a first!
It is great to go to the same place frequently and really get to know the environment. Recently I found a lotus that was drooping but I was teaching and just grabbed one shot (with student permission) so I would remember to go back later. The next day all the petals had dropped and the moment was gone. But I took the top photo on my return visit.. equally beautiful lotus.
Once in awhile you come across something so captivating you lose all track of time and it gives you a break from all the chaos in the world. Nature of any kind is so therapeutic!
Water and Garden Creations is one of my favorite spots to photograph each July. There are an amazing variety of water lilies and lotus flowers along with frogs, dragonflies and bees. Here are a few from this morning.