Azaleas in DC – Franciscan Monastery

The azaleas and rhododendrons are currently in full bloom at the  Franciscan Monastery in the neighborhood of Brookland in Northeast Washington, DC.    I missed the tulips this year but glad to catch the azaleas and hope to catch the roses too!   The gardens are open daily to stroll.

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A Little Bit of Charleston

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Roses in Wilson (North Carolina)

The Rose Garden, in Wilson, North Carolina contains over 1200 rose plants consisting of 180 different varieties.  The roses typically bloom between May and October each year.  I’ve stopped several times traveling between Southern Maryland and Oriental, North Carolina to smell the roses (or to photograph them).   They are simply beautiful — !

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Flowers that fly and all but sing. — Robert Frost

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Flowers at Mattamuskeet

I was looking for lions, tigers, or bears… found flowers instead at Mattamuskeet, North Carolina.

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Entwined…

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.  — Oscar Wilde

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No Mud, No Lotus

 

           The lotus flower blooms most beautifully form the deepest and thickest mud.                          – Buddhist Proverb

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Holy Saturday at the Franciscan Monastery

DSC_6604It seemed rather appropriate to spend, at least part of Easter weekend doing something…  well…  religious.   So I decided to visit the Franciscan Monastery in NE DC.   I’m not sure if strolling through the lovely gardens, also known as an oasis of peace, really qualifies as something religious, but it was pretty close, I’m sure.    A few friars doing the same (strolling) were noted, as well as a family walking the stations of the cross.   I thought it was a lovely thing to do.  Although I walked the stations of the cross path, I didn’t stop at each station for mindful prayer; yet you couldn’t help be a bit reflective.

As a  side note,  I’ve been to the Franciscan Monastery before — probably when I was 10.   I’m not sure what took me so long to get back … but I won’t be making that mistaken again.  In fact, I’m already looking forward to the pansies, azaleas, lilies of the valley, irises and early blooming roses of May.

A local hidden treasure, NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

I’ve lived in suburban Maryland outside of Washington, DC for most of my life and never knew of the National Park Services’ Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Garden until this past October.   This park dates back to 1926 and preserves some of the beautiful natural treasures of Washington, DC.   They say, “in an old dance wind, water, and land combine here”.    And I believe it.  

NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

The park is located in northeast Washington, DC just south of the Route 50, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and Kenilworth Avenue intersection.    Park entrance is at 1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.   You can get there by vehicle, metro and yes … even canoe.

Although “life” wasn’t bustling in the park in October —  there were remnants of beautiful flowers, water lilies, and foliage.    The boardwalk was perfect for seeing birds, ducks, cranes and the start of beautiful fall colors.   Frankly, I can’t wait to visit this spring and summer… stay tuned!

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