Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 4 of my NJ trip (Well some of it)!

This was part of the last full day of my trip to NJ. I am going to break up this post. Today I will post some of my parents gardens and the botanical garden and then tomorrow I will post the rest of the Botanical Garden pictures. There are just too many! Sunday morning Megan and I went to Van Heusen and Bass outlet one more time. I bought John another golf shirt and I got 2 more tops at Bass for myself. Really love no sales tax on clothes in NJ! My Mom, Megan, my sister, Sue and I went to the Skylands Botanical Garden in Ringwood, NJ. What a beautiful place! I had gone to the Ringwood Manor when I was a child with the school but never to the gardens. You know I love flowers and I was not disappointed. NJ has been very cool this Spring so not all the flowers were out, but that didn't matter because what was out was beautiful! I also took some pictures of my Mom and Dad's flowers. I will start with them and then show you the Botanical Gardens flowers. Hope you enjoy the tour!

If you were a bird wouldn't you love to live here! My Dad made this and he is very proud of it-as he should be.

My Dad also built this gazebo and then planted a wisteria on it. He had to wait almost 12 yrs. for the wisteria to bloom and last year it finally did. This year it had even more flowers!

This is one view of my Mom's garden, which I love.

Here's another view of her garden. Not many flowers blooming right now but they will be soon!

My Mom has a constant battle with squirrels and this one just annoyed the heck out of her! She said it comes everyday and few times a day and perches itself on her birdbath and drinks water from it for almost 1/2 an hour!!

My Dad rescued this azaela from another part of the yard. It was doing well there but it seems to be doing really well by his barn/shop!

Mom has this azaela in her garden up by the house and it is always a showstopper!

My Dad planted this iris along the picket fence he has down by his barn/shop (my Mom claims he stole it from her garden-they just crack me up!!). Isn't it a beauty!

Their rhodedendrons just started blooming and they were absolutely beautiful!

Here is another pretty blue iris along the fence.

Skylands Botanical Garden:

Megan took a picture of me, my Mom and my sister, Sue at the beginning of our tour in the Garden.

Here is a closeup of the same picture of us.

Megan came down a spiral staircase and I caught this picture of her.

This picture I thought was a great one of Megan and my Mom.

I don't have that many pictures of my Mom, so I asked her if she could sit up on the wall and I would take a picture of her. First I didn't think she would be able to get up on the wall and then she just hopped up there!

Here are the Tree Peony's-they were all just gorgeous!

Here are some azaelas. We start with the white azaela and then move on to the Exbury deciduous azaelas that were growing along the woodland trail. They were just beautiful!!

Tomorrow I'll post the rest of my Botanical Garden pictures. There will be some beautiful iris, fountains, statues and lilacs! I hope you can join me!


Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Your parent's have a gorgeous yard and the Botanical gardens are so pretty too. You got some great pictures. Enjoyed seeing the pictures of your sweet Mom and sister. I have enjoyed traveling to NJ with you. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Love & blessings from NC!

Florence and Mary said...

What a glorious setting for some fantastic family photos.

Victoria xx

Maya said...

So gorgeous! And your Dad made that birdhouse mansion, wow!!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love the birdhouse, or I should say, bird mansion. I wonder what the lucky bird thinks when he moves in.

Your parents have a lovely garden.

Darlene said...

Wow, I could just look at these all day. The picture of you,your mom and sister is just beautiful Sherri. And your parent's garden - well that's another story. My goodness it is amazing. I'd love to relax with a book there. Thanks so much for sharing.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Me again, I forgot that you live in Charlotte. Yes, we loved Firebirds! It was so good. I'm going to try one of those pineapple drinks next time. They looked so good. I have really enjoyed your travel pictures. Love & blessings from NC!

Nan said...

I've copied two of your parents' garden pictures as inspiration for mine! I really enjoyed this whole tour. What a nice family you have, Sherri.

Lauren Lin said...

Your mom's garden looks very beautiful. It looks very nice and peaceful! You cracked me up about the squirrels. They're so cute but I would be annoyed, too hahaha. I have a similar birdhouse mansion in my garden. I bought it from I really love it. I'm glad you like birdhouses, too.

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My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!