We have more work to do in our garden, but we took Thursday off to go visit gardens where somebody else does the work.
Our first stop was the Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum. This garden is noted for its Witch Hazels, many of which were already past their prime, but also for the under plantings of winter blooming hardy cyclamen and Hellebores. There were also early blooming azaleas, camellias, and a few other surprises.
This awesome tree was not labeled, but its branches kissed the ground.
The sun lit up the mossy coatings on trees and shrubs.
The golden witch hazels were still in bloom and made even more golden by the sun.
Silk tassel tree
An early iris.
I took advantage of benches placed throughout the garden.
Native red flowering currant.
Domesticated Pussy Willow.
Newly planted Hellebores.
The early pink plum trees are blooming in gardens everywhere now.
We took our time enjoying every aspect of the winter garden before taking the path back to the car.
The sunshine was warming and wonderful.
More to come.