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gorgeous day off…

walked over to the Park and through the Gardens…

got a few nice shots during my walk…

  
lovely dahlia

  
monarch on a butterfly bush… well more like a tree… they have quite a number of plants which spend the winter in the greenhouses… the butterfly bushes and datura are obvious ones… they are all very large… think that many of the plants get an early start there as well…

  
the rose standards were filled with nearly spent blooms… was surprised to see so many because last time I was there only a few were budding…

the pond in the Leo Mol Garden was nice but it is a bit cold for the water lilies to open…

  
always so peaceful in that portion of the Garden…

heard the horses while I was there which was cool… first time I’ve heard them in the Park… don’t think they made any sounds when we were in their area on Saturday…

  
this was what I saw as I was exiting the English Garden… great view of the fountain in the Duck Pond

giggled when I got home because the pump in the small pond decided to shoot up higher than required…

  
the cold weather is clearing up the water…

had to top up the pond again this afternoon… won’t be long before we shut it down and do some reorganizing of the rocks… and I will have have to ponder what to do with the garden