Russ and I spent Friday morning at Lauritzen Gardens for his birthday. It is so pretty there!

Here is a strange aside about the pictures I took, or maybe a tie in to pets, which you know by now there is not always one of in every post! I took a lot of close up pictures of flowers. The red and orange ones just did not stand out as much with the dog and cat vision filter applied as the white and lavender ones, so I did not include them here.

They were beautiful in real life and in full color, but sort of grey with the red-green color-blindness filter. I bet that is why they do not allow dogs and cats and deer. They just did not think they would enjoy it as much as people with a full color vision spectrum do. I have it on good authority that they would, but I cannot get any dogs or cats or deer to promise they would respect the integrity of the gardens. So until they can, these pictures will have to do.

 Violets are one of my favorite flowers. They look so happy! I have never been able to see the cat face that is supposed to be visible in each flower.

Violets are one of my favorite flowers. They look so happy! I have never been able to see the cat face that is supposed to be visible in each flower.

 Solomon's Seal. I love biblically named plants. There is always a good story behind the name. The story behind this plant's name has been lost to history a bit, but I still like it.

Solomon's Seal. I love biblically named plants. There is always a good story behind the name. The story behind this plant's name has been lost to history a bit, but I still like it.

 Sargent Viburnum

Sargent Viburnum

 Two types of bayberry planted in a knot pattern

Two types of bayberry planted in a knot pattern

 Chives!

Chives!

 Russ Finch :)

Russ Finch :)

 White tulips and white violets - so pretty together!

White tulips and white violets - so pretty together!

 Dan Ostermiller created two sculptures in 2004. Together they are called "Peacocks." They were inspired by his own two peacocks, Ward and June Cleaver. :)

Dan Ostermiller created two sculptures in 2004. Together they are called "Peacocks." They were inspired by his own two peacocks, Ward and June Cleaver. :)

 "Road to Provence" by Craig Mitchell Smith

"Road to Provence" by Craig Mitchell Smith

 "Hydrangea" by Craig Mitchell Smith

"Hydrangea" by Craig Mitchell Smith

 "Hollyhocks" by Craig Mitchell Smith

"Hollyhocks" by Craig Mitchell Smith

 "Making a Wish" by Craig Mitchell Smith - I didn't even see the blown off dandilion seeds at first! This may be my favorite.

"Making a Wish" by Craig Mitchell Smith - I didn't even see the blown off dandilion seeds at first! This may be my favorite.

Thank you Lauritzen Gardens team for creating such a beautiful space and for a wonderful morning. We will be back soon!

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