I know things have been a little quiet around here on the blog lately, but there’s a very good reason for that. I have been spending some much needed time with my mom. I feel truly blessed everyday to be mommy to my amazing twin daughters, but being in the middle of these often challenging teenage years, I find myself needing my own mom more than ever to help guide me through. Having her here to hug and talk to has really meant so much. For several years now, she has been making her annual Springtime visit to see us and the time always goes by way too fast and we try to squeeze lots in while she’s here. So, I took the last few weeks to simply enjoy our time together, to get out and explore the area and to also go on a few shopping adventures.
One of the first things we did when she arrived was to visit Duke Gardens in Durham. I have lived here for almost four years and I can’t believe I have never been, but being able to go for the first time with my mom, who loves to garden and is in a garden club back home, made it worth the wait!
The weather was beautiful for most of the time she was in town, but we luckily ended up picking the most gorgeous day to visit. It was a perfect Spring day, with temperatures in the 70’s and the sky was so clear and filled with sunshine. I just couldn’t resist taking lots of pictures, everywhere we looked there was something pretty to see. Here are a few of my favorites, hope you enjoy the tour!
This is the entrance to Duke Gardens and you can see a peek of Duke Chapel in the distance.
As you enter the garden there is a staircase that leads to a beautiful fountain.
All around the fountain I could see rose bushes that were not yet blossoming. This area must be stunning when they are.
We were fortunate though to catch the spectacular Azaleas in full bloom.
This terraced area is part of the Historic Gardens.
You can find this pretty arched bridge within the Asiatic Arboretum. The pop of red was such a lovely sight against the blue sky, green trees and peaceful lake.
When we moved to North Carolina I instantly fell in love with Rhododendrons and have since planted several in our yard. This beauty though and happy bee were seen during our tour through the garden.
There were pretty winding paths throughout the garden, with benches to simply sit and enjoy the view or take a casual stroll.
This was one of my favorite plants, the flowers were stunning! I now need one of these in my garden.
We ended the day with a walk through the Garden of Native Plants and that’s where we found this, the Bird Viewing Shelter. There are several bird and squirrel feeders set up here. I could have spent hours just sitting here, relaxing and enjoying the view.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour. If you live in the area or plan to visit, the Duke Gardens is a must see! If you would like more information about it click here.
I hope had a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day! I will back throughout the week with several posts to share and more from my adventures with my mom in the weeks to come!