Friday was a beautiful night and it was made even better with a birthday dinner, made by my mom, for my brother-in-law. A walk around my condo's grounds and then a quick walk to the party allowed enough time to enjoy a few flowers in bloom.
My condo setting is made of two U-shaped buildings sharing a courtyard garden complete with fountain. The grounds, the courtyard as well as the parking area is enhanced by gardens designed and maintained by a fellow resident. While a few of us 'help' Joan from time-to-time, we all know these are her gardens and she deserves all the credit for the beauty and endless blooms we have to enjoy.
Begonias still in full bloom outsides my parent's condo.
Sunday, we headed out for a walk to a local coffee shop. Only two blocks from our front door we were greated by a Ginkgo in full color. This is, by far, my favorite tree. Seeing its limbs covered in bright yellow leaves set the tone for our October morning walk for hot cider and scones.
Returning home, we stopped just long enough to peak around this garden. The home, located on a corner lot, has gardens wrapping around the yard on two sides. I think it would be safe to say that there is more in bloom in this home's street facing gardens than many of us have in our entire yard. The owner's love of plants and the ability to create continuous bloom in a garden design is apparent.
I imagined how nice it would be to enjoy the remainder of my hot cider while sitting on this bench, surrounded by flowers, butterflies and honey bees.