I admit it, I cheated on the garden challenge. I love gardens and am so fortunate to have grown up with family members with green thumbs, those who lived on their own produce during harvest season and taught me a love for the life-changing homegrown tomato. Alas, I do not have a garden because my lot is covered in shade. But, I took advantage of a sunny day and visited Gibbs Gardens for the first time. Open since 2012, I haven't a good excuse for missing out on this gem.
It has not been the most hospitable spring in Georgia and so I missed the peak of daffodil bloom. This garden boasts 20 million daffodil plants, and I discovered there is a visiting schedule during a six week window when I could have seen this evolution on a weekly basis. Next year!
When I say our spring has not been very kind I am probably making my friends up north shake their heads. It hasn't been the best for this region, but I am very thankful to live in an area where we can entertain the thought of spring at all in February and March. We have been hemmed in by rain and cold and rain again, but it is certainly not the deep snow that blankets so many beautiful parts of the world.
One thing is for sure - the people who flock here love taking pictures and they were doing it everywhere. They took turns sitting among the blooms, peaking out like Easter eggs or bunny rabbits. Signs discouraged staged photos, but you could tell people were dressed and geared up for photo sessions. It was the perfect day and I felt so lucky to be a part of it.