Bayou Bend was the home of Miss Ima Hogg, the daughter of one of the governors of Texas. When she was 44 years old, back in the 1920's, she endeavored to create a home and garden in the heart of Houston. Today that garden is open to the public year around.
The trick is to visit the garden at the peak of flowering perfection!
I knew that Wednesday, yesterday, was to be sunny; not too hot and not too cold. Thursday was to rain, then it would warm up and be cloudy. Surely the flowers will go past peak facing those challenges.
Should I wait for the weekend so Laura and Bernie could go with me?
Shouldn't I just stay home and clean the bathrooms and vacuum like a good little housefrau?
I felt guilty considering going to such beauty when Laura and Bernie were toiling at their jobs. I even felt guilty thinking about my BGF Gail in Colorado working away at Focus on the Family.
I emailed her and told her what I was feeling.
Her reply: GO!!!! ENJOY every bit, and share the day later via photos. She would walk about outside on her own lunch break and enjoy what springtime she could find there, and think about the springtime I would be enjoying here.
So....here are some of the pictures Gail!
(Remember you can click on each picture to enlarge it to full screen size.)
The bridge you go on to enter the gardens.
Miss Hogg's home, now a museum of American historical furnishings.
If you'd like to walk the grounds with me, see more of the pictures and read my comments, click HERE and start the slide show to join me in my stroll through Bayou Bend gardens. You can click through the pictures one by one, or click on the SLIDESHOW option on the sidebar to see them full screen with a black background.
Oh, it was beautiful. And even was made better because I knew I could share it with you...yes, you, dear reader, and Gail. I hope if you are surrounded by wintery white today this walk through Southern springtime will serve to gladden your day.