Sorry for the delay in posting, but thawing my ice encased bones takes about a week of Florida sunshine. Once I am dried out (from being water logged – not from excessive drink), Sherry and I decide to go and smell the camellias. A special Camellia Show is taking place at nearby Kanapahah Botanical Gardens in Gainesville. Admiring prize-winning, artistic blooms while inhaling floral infused air seems like a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon to us.
We arrive at the park and approach the underly enthusiastic millennial selling tickets at the door. Good news for us, ticket prices are reduced for the show. However our greeter is focused on her mission. It seems that she must insure that anyone entering the garden is unquestionably aware that the botanical gardens CLOSE AT 5PM. We arrive before 11am and she still sternly cautions us that we must be off the premises by 5pm. “We CLOSE at 5,” she proclaims forcefully to each guest while reluctantly revealing any other park info requested. I wonder what temptations in the park so captivate guests that they linger after closing. Perhaps they wander down the flooded, swamp covered trails and alligators attack them? I sure hope not!
Inside the visitor center the camellia show is in full bloom and we are amazed at the variety of the blossom types produced by this one plant type. Outside the gardens are less profuse with blossoms. I am so happy to be dry, warm and absorbing sunshine, even the weeds look appealing to me.
Exploring the Gardens
I could not resist using the Varnist app to make a “Picasso” like copy of one of my garden photos.