I guess that not everyone immediately thinks of roses when dreaming of a coastal lifestyle...however coastal gardens are one of the most important things about coastal living...as far as I'm concerned!
|A fabulous ruffled rose in a gorgeous apricot color was just as fragrant as beautiful.|
Gardens should evoke a calmness within you which makes you instantly saunter through them just as a calm overtakes you when your toes hit the warm sand of a beach. The beauty and aroma of a rose instantly relaxes and soothes your spirit, just as the smell of salt air washes away the troubles of your day.
|The beautiful detailing on this garden bench was extremely charming|
On my recent jaunt to Seattle my daughter, Elizabeth, took me to the Woodland Park Zoo's Rose Gardens; which I hadn't seen in more than a decade. Seattle, with its moderate climate, is fortunate in having one of the finest rose growing environments in the world. My coastal location shares this wonderful environment.
|Elizabeth and I enjoying the sunshine, roses & our time together!|
"The Rose Garden offers a splendid setting for flower lovers to stroll the grass pathways circulating through 2-1/2 acres of rose displays. The garden's extensive array of bush roses, hybrid teas, miniatures, climbers, tree roses, and All-America test varieties blends elegantly with the garden's formal architectural design to create a memorable showcase landscape. A total of 280 varieties and over 5,000 individual plants are a rose lovers paradise." I must admit that I felt like I was in heaven on earth!
|This gorgeous climbing rose swayed in the breezes with its 5" plus blooms.|
|Even though she experienced her first yellow jacket sting on our garden visit, Elizabeth quickly recovered and enjoyed the garden views...|
|Even the sidewalk which runs along the gardens are gorgeous!|
|A simple white rose is one of my favorite things in the world!|
|These bushes were covered with little tiny roses in a soft pink color.|
All of my rose and garden photographs are available as fine art greeting cards, on stretched canvas, as a poster or framed print. Visit my photography website and look around!