Saturday morning started out bright and sunny - a perfect day, finally, for our
trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens. I mapped out the route on my phone and we were off!
I had been to the Botanic Gardens twice before when we lived in Colorado - the first time alone on my 60th birthday. It was a time of reflection - a very warm day that required many stops for sitting down and appreciating the beauty around me. The second visit was with Larry a couple of years ago - a day for sharing impressions and thoughts. I wanted to share this beautiful place with Rubye, who had been such a supportive and generous companion during our adventure...
We began our leisurely stroll through the gardens along the O'Fallon Perrenial Walk. It's an English style mixed perennial border lush with flowers packed closely together to create a rich and interesting array of colors, heights, shapes and textures.
A busy bee.
I wish I could identify all of these plants... Grandma Ferguson would have been able to!
Beverly Sills Iris
I've always been fascinated by this green building. I have no idea what it's used for, but later in the season there will be grape vines growing along the trellises.
This building was all set up for a wedding...later, when the rain came down, the wedding guests were safely inside, but the wedding party was out in the rain, their umbrellas held over their heads, while the photographer tried to get their pictures taken between raindrops.
One of Deborah Butterfield's "Nature of Horses" sculptures
Grandma Susie posing in the Moon Gate...
and Grandma Rubye posing in the Moon Gate, as well!
So many irises were in bloom. My past visits had been later in the summer when they were done blooming. This was a real treat!
One of the few peonies that were blooming.
Most of the roses hadn't bloomed yet, either, but we did managed to find this beauty.
Orchids in Marnie's Pavilion
Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory
And then the rains came...
Big, plopping drops... a torrential downpour!
Not only did it rain, it hailed as well! But in between cloud bursts, we managed to see a few more things.
We were soaked to the skin by the time we were through, and decided to head for the exit.
Rubye took shelter in this gazebo.