Posts tagged ‘Botanical garden’

May 12, 2012

Weekend Walking::US Botanical Gardens

by heatherkp

While I was up in the DC metro area I played tourist a couple days and did the expected amount of walking.  On this particular day I went downtown to meet my dad for lunch. Since he works only a few blocks from the US Botanical Gardens I knew I would have to pay a visit to the gardens right next to the Capital building.

It was a really beautiful day (which I can’t say was true of every day I was there, the weather was a roller coaster with temps ranging from the 50’s to 80’s!).

I knew I would catch some spectacular blooms but due to the early warm temps I was lucky to find the roses were in full bloom along with Peonies (which don’t do well in the south:(), clematis and many other late spring early summer bloomers.

I also found these baby ducklings (only 1 day old)!

My favorite were the tropicals blooming inside the conservatory though.  I found some unusual Hibiscus, many orchids, banana and other tropical foliage plants.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time now you have probably noticed my love of floral/foliage photography.  I was in my own little oasis on this walk through the gardens.  Much like a walk by the ocean, walking through a garden takes away all my worries and I am truly brings me joy.  The beauty of flowers is one artistic muse I just don’t seem to ever tire of.  Where have you walked this week?  Did you find your muse along the way?

April 26, 2011

Texture::Tuesday::Tulip Time!

by heatherkp

Playing along with my favorite weekly “game” of Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen.  This week’s challenge includes using at least 1 layer of her texture “Serendipity”.

Last week I went down to DC to visit some of the gardens in and around the mall, including the US Botanical Gardens.  It was a parade of tulips all dressed up in their best!  Some tailored, some frilly, some simple and some exotic…I didn’t always love tulips but I’m beginning to understand why the dutch went so insane about them!

Check out this lacy beauty!

Some of the more ordinary tulips are quite spectacular when amassed in large beds creating sweeps of colors!

I don’t think I’d seen these beautiful doubles (if that’s how they can be described) but they are almost rose or peony like with all those petals.

And then there are these frilly, feminine parot tulips with their radical pink and green frocks!

And these spider like spiky yellow blooms with freckles of red…

These red and yellow’s were petite and cheerful in their checkered palettes.

When you put them all together they create quite a showy parade of colors with different heights and textures.  Do you plant tulips in your garden?