It’s been a long week and I needed to get out for fresh air and an easy walk. Soos Creek Botanical Garden was just the ticket so after a quick coffee stop I drove south to the lovely Botanical Garden in Auburn, to walk the paths and trails seen on the map here.
I started at the Schaefer Pond Garden which anchors the Carlmas Long Borders promenade.
I paused nearby to watch a hungry visitor feed from the blossoms of a large rhododendron.
I walked the path next to the border where rhododendrons and azaleas of all colors were in various stages of bloom,
including this fragrant azalea sweet as honeysuckle,
and this one a brilliant purple.
There were many shades of pink too
including this one joined by a matching clematis.
Not to be outdone, there were yellows and greens in abundance and hummingbirds found their flowers as well.
I walked to the native woodland area where delicate bleeding hearts were thick as a carpet
and down to Soos Creek
before heading back up the other side to the pond where I could have sat and stared all day.
Instead I found the Plant Sale and picked up one of the fragrant azaleas for my own garden.
It was the just the right amount of walking in the wonderful color palette of spring.
It was time to go home and tend to my own garden.