Texas Wildflowers

We recently packed up our SUV and headed on a road trip to Texas. My sweet Texas where I was born and raised. It’s a 1,000 mile drive through 4 states and it was an awesome adventure. Texas is known for its Bluebonnets in Spring and I was thrilled to see them in all their glory. As we were driving outside of Houston, the highway side roads were filled with abundant color. After a shout of “Pull over!”, Maggie Holzer, Justin and I were able to truly enjoy the colors of Texas Wildflowers.

 

“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes” ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss

Enjoy today my friends!

~It’s all good.

Donna

Stop to smell the flowers {Gibbs Gardens}

Life. It’s a busy game. My week is filled with my full time job, my home work, (house keeping, laundry, cooking) and then there is the time I squeeze in fun craft projects. That is my favorite part. I have a few “pretties” I have been working on this week and I’ll be sharing them with you soon. They involve Annie Sloan paint!

I have paused from all the madness and I am relaxing by catching up on the many photos I have taken in June. I came across this set of photos from a trip I took with the Trail Dames to Gibbs Gardens. I have lived in Georgia for 17 years and had never visited Gibbs Gardens. It is a dazzling garden, full of eye candy. I would say it’s the most magnificent garden I have visited.

Jim Gibbs is the retired President and founder of Gibbs Landscape Company. He purchased 292 acres of land in Ball Ground, Georgia which is less than 1 hour north of Atlanta. The house and gardens include 220 acres. It makes it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens. There are 16 gardens where you will see 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, and 19 waterfalls. There are 3 feature gardens. The Manor House Garden, Japanese and Waterlily Garden.

For those who are interested in visiting the gardens the tickets to the Gardens are $20 for Adults,$18 for Seniors, and $18 for children. The gardens are so large that there is a Tram available for a $5 ticket charge. You can catch the Tram and it will take you to the feature gardens where you can hop off, take  a stroll around the garden then hop back on the Tram and head to another one. If you get there at 10 a.m, Mr. Gibbs himself will discuss the gardens and let you know what is blooming and suggests paths to take. There is a lovely gift shop with all things for the garden. There is also the Arbor Cafe and I highly recommend the gourmet chicken salad on walnut cranberry bread. I need more of that in my life. It was so delectable! There is plenty of seating outside under the trees to enjoy your meal surrounded by gorgeous blooms.

Okay, enough chatting. Let’s take a look at some lovelies okay?

This happy little guy made me smile and I added a quote that I especially love. I hope you get to stop and take a break this weekend. You deserve it!

Perhaps you would like to walk/hike around Georgia? Take a look at some other Trail Dames hikes I have been on by visiting my hiking with the Trail Dames link.

It’s all good. ~ Donna