Gather ye Roses

IMG_4840When my sons were very young we lived in Sacramento, and one of our favorite past times was to pack up the children and drive to McKinley Park in East Sacramento. There, we would feed the ducks, play at the playground, picnic under the many stately shade trees, and visit the enchanting rose garden. IMG_4841Now, many years later and living quite a distance further away, I still love to take a drive to visit this park that holds a special place in my heart. Through the years, the playground was completely rebuilt (and then recently even rebuilt again due to a fire), the duck pond has been refurbished and the rose garden too, has been ever so lovingly refreshed. IMG_4843

IMG_4842In 2012 work was completed on the rose beds, benches, and irrigation, and even half of the 1200 rose bushes were replaced. In spite of the busy roads and neighborhood surrounding it, a peaceful and beautiful sanctuary, just bursting with colorful climbers, floribundas, hybrid tea roses, and grandifloras beckons you. Go ahead, breathe in the enticing fragrance of these glamorous beauties and fall for their alluring charms. A love affair awaits!IMG_4844

Sunflower Fields Forever


Who doesn’t delight in the sight of sunflowers? A single stem of blooms along the highway, possibly “planted” by a bird, or a whole field of happy yellow faces. To me, their presence exudes radiance, strength, happiness and warmth.

IMG_4774I recently had the opportunity to stop and admire an entire field of these dazzling beauties just past Woodland on I-5 heading north. What a sight to behold! Standing proud under the brilliant sun were row upon row of gorgeous blooms. I wasn’t the only visitor; busy bees were buzzing all around them. I was a little concerned that I might get stung, but it didn’t keep me from getting up close and personal with them to take some photos. Now, I’m inspired to get some seeds in the ground pronto so I can enjoy some sunflower glory right here at home in the coming months.IMG_4735