WALATing on the garden tour
The local garden tour is split into two parts this year - 4 gardens today and another 5 in two weeks. Today's gardens were heavily rhododendron oriented in the old part of town where gardens are small but chock-a-block full of plants - and houses are outrageously expensive, even the tiny ones! Here are a few pictures:
Viburnums and rhododendrons were the most common showy events. One of the gardens belonged to a hybridizer... We had just been talking about needing to add another viburnum by the garage - now we NEED to add one! Marian - what is your favorite one?
Randy is a detail kind of guy and most of the pictures he took were close-ups of things like this pretty rhodo flower. I wanted more 'big picture' shots that allow me to remember particularly nice settings or combos. So I've told him his assignment for the next rainy day is to research the fancy camera he's been talking about getting so we can have separate cameras :-) He can get fancy detail shots with his while I point-and-shoot with the current one!
One garden has an interesting statue of a bighorn sheep! I thought of gb and her recent trip to Jasper.... The sheep was VERY male! :-)
This was a nice use of a birdbath:
And we liked the frog and kitty:
And this weathervane on a nearby house caught our eye (the houses are in sight of Lake Ontario.)
It was supposed to rain today but it didn't and was a very nice afternoon for walating.