“I am not going to let a little rain dampen my spirit” I think to myself as I grab the door handle. One of my favorite gardens waits outside, raindrops and all. Spring rains nurture the plants on the other side of the door, and a bit of effort has brought me to the gate. There is no decision to make. I open the door and wrap myself in the fresh air of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Rain drops tap my shoulders as I emerge from the doorway. Reaching the first pathway I pause for a look around. A handful of visitors (must be garden lovers like me!) wander through the Rose Garden and the Conservatory, but they are too far away to be heard above the soft music of the raindrops playing on the nearby foliage.
A right turn takes me to Asian Valley and the Tea House, an area that I love strolling through to lose all thoughts of the outside world. The surface of the pond is alive as the rings from each raindrop flow through one another.
Pulling myself away I stroll to the Pavilion, now named for a man I had the pleasure of getting to know. Ian Robertson was a plants man, a superb garden designer and a rascal. His two finest gifts were gardening and making every person he knew feel like the most important person alive. Stepping into his Pavilion allows me to pay my many respects to Ian, and to remember some of the charming hours we shared making gardens.
The large containers situated around the corners of the Pavilion are a rotating display of colorful flowers and inspiring plant combinations. Red tulips are featured this week, stretching skyward from the soil. Moistened by the morning rain, ruby red petals cradle their plump flowers as they rock in the gentle breeze.
On cue, the sky lightens a bit, illuminating a group of containers at the front of the Pavilion. I photograph tulips in these containers, highlighting their shapes and colors against the shaded garden beyond. As the petals slowly peel open a flower appears to kiss the sunlight – such a romantic!
Thank you for sharing this experience with me. Please share this with your friends and return next week for another photographic journey! In the meantime, please visit my website to see “A Red Tulip’s Kiss” and many other garden photographs!