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Spring flowers and summer blooms

I have small dragons pushing their green claws through the soil all around my yard. At least that’s what the tips of daffodils look like to me.

I am one of those nuts that love botanical gardens, private garden tours, and garden shows. I really enjoy seeing how professional designers and backyard gardeners lay out their spaces. I enjoy seeing the plants they choose and how they mix them together so that there is beauty all year round. On a visit somewhere, I don’t remember where I saw that the gardeners had intermixed the daffodils with daylilies. That way when the daffodils were on their way out, the new growth of the daylilies were beginning and their growth would cover up the dying daffodil leaves. I have tried it in my garden, and it works beautifully.

Now, it is still winter, so the daylilies are nowhere to be seen but I can see green tips of the daffodils. Or maybe, they really are sleeping dragons beginning to wake up from their winter naps and poking their toes upward. You never really know in a garden.

 

A spring bouquet

A trip to the Orchid Garden in Singapore

Singapore is absolutely beautiful. I have been three times but I haven’t really even seen this amazing island country in Southeast Asia. Each time, I have been on a business trip with little time to explore the island. On my last trip to Singapore, I made sure to give myself an hour and to visit one small wonder in Singapore. It was the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens were amazing. To see orchids thriving and arranged in so many different ways was remarkable. To highlight how wonderful it is, the Botanic Gardens was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. The Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. There are so many amazing gardens around the world, so this is quite a feat.

Look for a botanical garden in a city you are visiting and spend time enjoying the flowers and designs, you won’t be disappointed. Here a few to consider that I have visited:

Hampstead Heath, London, U.K

Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France

Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore

United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC, U.S.

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia