Saturday, April 30, 2016

My First Visit to the UCR Botanical Gardens


Hello, sweet friends in blogland and beyond!  I am so happy for the Spring and wonderful weather, aren't you!?  The beauty of Spring can be found all around; in the fragrant breezes, the beautiful blooms, and the twitter of God's children great and small.  The weather has been so fair that I thought it would be the perfect time take a tour of the UCR Botanical Gardens.  It made for a lovely morning, for certain!


The garden boasts four miles of wonderful hiking trails, conservatories, and ponds, just to name a few of the attractions.  During my visit, I was able to tour a portion of the gardens, and it was really gorgeous.

Upon entrance, I took notice of several types of Cacti, the website states there are hundreds, in fact; I was most intrigued by the cacti with blooms or ones of interesting color.

Gorgeous blooms of a Yucca.




Lovely pink petals of a Easter Lily Cactus, with buds that are just opening.


Closer look.


Wonderful purple.  Echinocereous Stramineus (No common Name).






I love the vibrant color and delicate blooms of this Coral Yucca.






This "Traveler's Friend" cactus appeared more prickly than friendly.  ;)



I found the flowers of the Twistpine "Prickly Pear" quite interesting, they almost emulate roses.


Closeup.


Speaking of roses, one of my favorite areas of the tour was the extensive rose garden.  I could sit here for hours taking in the sweet aroma of the beautiful flowers, of which there were over 300 types!

Here are a few of my favorites.  


Wild Blue Yonder Roses 




Eureka Roses



Handel Rose



Friendship Miniature Tea Roses






Little Jackie Miniature Roses





New Beginning Miniature Rose



Beauty Secret Miniature Hybrid Roses



Dream Come True 



Memorial Day Rose






They were all so unique and fragrant!  

There was a section of irises, 






and a wonderful butterfly garden




full of attractive blooms such as this Adonis Blue English Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)!!


Hello, little fellow.


The trails were laced with wonderful trees, such as these incredible Italian Cypress


that climb into the sky





and beautifully fragrant California Buckeye.  



So wonderful smelling!


Among these beauties were lots of wildflowers indigenous to the area...

sweet purple mallow growing wild on fences,






a sprinkling of vibrant California poppies,


prettiness spilling over walls,



and even a gorgeous sitting area trellised with white prickly poppies!



Closer look.


All-in-all, it was a wonderful tour, and I hope to return soon to see more!


Thank you for touring with me!  Until next we meet~ ❤️❤️




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10 comments:

  1. Your pictures are so beautiful, I wish I could smell them all! So beautiful, just like I was on the tour, too. I've been working to create a butterfly and bumblebee garden of flowers. Roses: I hauled my mom's roses who hauled her mom's to this house and love the history behind them. Your pictures make me want a huge rose garden!!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping in!! How sweet is your tradition of keeping the roses in the family...I think that is a lovely idea!

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  2. Thanks for taking us along! I love botanical gardens and this one is a beauty.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia! I hope to return soon to see the rest! Thank you for visiting!

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  3. Your bloom photos are gorgeous! I have been painting flowers lately and have pinned several of your photos for future painting, thanks!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! I love your adorable paintings!

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  4. Amazing photos! So happy to visit you again. Thank you for your kind words. Blessings, Martha

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    1. Just stumbled across this today, Martha...thank you! I hope all is well.

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  5. I know that this is an old post, but boy; everything is beautiful!! Are you taking a blog break?
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi, Jann!! Yes, I have been on hiatus for quite some time now, I hope to be back at it very soon! Sorry for the late response, I have been 'unplugged' from the computer, taking some much-needed time off, ha. Thank you so much for dropping by!

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