Saturday, May 2, 2015

Inniswood Metro Garden--- Splendid in Spring!

  Last year we visited Inniswood Metro Garden in mid-May, just after the bulbs were gone and the tree buds were changing to tender young leaves. It was lovely, but I saw the skeleton stems of tulips that had already spent their blooms and blossom carpets wilting on the ground, and I longed to see the gardens in all their spring splendor. Catching the tulips and trees in peak bloom has been on my bucket list since then!
 We met up with some med-school friends for lunch and frolicking through the gardens. Emmett slurped down his 2nd 'pouch' puree like a pro, then army crawled right over to 6-month-old J to swat at his head. :) Linz and I chatted while our children ran all over the place, just thrilled to be outside. I don't know that very much lunch was consumed, though Caroline did eat at least a bowl full of grape tomatoes that Linz brought!
  aren't those trees gorgeous? That tiny dot up there is Caroline, eager to get going. 
 some kind of Trillium, don't remember the exact variety. 
 We were watching a frog when this snake left the reeds and slithered out into the water!
 The girls were fascinated by the snake and quite concerned for the safety of the frog. The snake did not seem to be aware of his amphibious neighbor, however, so no graphic trauma ensued. 
 So many varieties of tulips. Aren't these pale yellow ones so cheerful?
  Emmett was in pretty good spirits, especially after we stopped for a couple of milk breaks. 
 He likes to peek back up and flirt with me while I push the stroller.
The kids loved this cute little gazebo house. It reminds me of a birdhouse. 
  The stone retaining walls were perfect balance beams. 
 Caroline was REALLY excited about the "rainbow flowers!!!" and wanted to get her photo taken with them. 
   Gwen practices ballet moves every time I try to take her picture now. If I don't want ballet poses, I have to take sneaky pics. 
  This was one of 2 highlights for the kids: a water activity with locks and wheels. Very cool! Everyone got wet, there were several bouts of tears and splashing, and more than one apology needed, but it was a blast and the kids played here for almost an hour. 
  Gorgeous tulips here too. 
  and a sweet little mini 'house'
 clearly, I am not a selfie proficienada (yeah, I just made up that word), but I adore Linzi and am so glad we got together to strengthen our beautiful friendship in such a beautiful place. And I love this picture because it is of US, even if it isn't super flattering. What matters to me is the relationship and the memories and I love this gal!
 Gwen hopping over a little stone bridge. 
 cool little stream-waterfall thing
and an imperfect pic of my three wonderful children (hey, even though I only got 1 of Caroline's lovely eyes, at least no one is blurry! I'll take that miracle!) Emmett is even smiling despite the fact that he was refusing to nap and was a grumpy pants by the time we took this photo on our way home. But more on Emmett and photography in another post. 

When I am outdoors among all of God's creations, I am calm. It helps to put things in perspective, reminds me to keep cultivating the sweet tender 'plants' in my family, and encourages me to take every opportunity to appreciate the moments blooming RIGHT NOW. Each season quickly fades into another, each blossom is so fragile. And I'm grateful for my blossoms. I am blessed. 

*contended sigh*
Isn't spring wonderful?


  1. Great pics, Hon! Wish I had gone too!

  2. Beautiful! and the flowers aren't bad, either!