First, we watched Justin and his fellow team swimmers, and wouldn't you know it! There was a pretty park right outside the pool. I was astonished to see so many lovely and fully blooming Dogwoods. I thought they would have been well passed bloom time. Let me tell you, I was thrilled! I just can't grow this kind of dogwood in my garden. They are my favorites, you know, and I'm so utterly bummed about it.
Anyway...We passed these sweetly scented bushes on the way to lunch, but I can't truthfully say I'm sure of the name. I want to say Sweetspire, but that would be a guess. If anyone knows for sure, do tell! * I just checked and sure enough, I was right! Someone give me a flowery star...or not. I'm just glad I know. YAY!
So, this is a bamboo lined walkway leading to the fountain, which I thought I had taken a photo of, but I couldn't find it. So instead you get a picture of silly me.
The Snowball viburnums were looking spiffy in bloom.
I saw this Amsonia and recalled that I had not seen my own Amsonia in my garden, which only means it didn't survive the winter. How bizarre is that? We had such a mild winter, by all accounts. All I can think is it may be a short-lived perennial. They are no fun at all. I've had those before--short-lived perennials-- which kind of sounds like an oxi-moron to this gardener. I mean to say, perennials should live forever!
I loved this patch of false Spirea also called Goat's beard. I gotta get me some of that!
I liked these pretty little things, but I don't recall what they were. Possibly a Campanula of sorts, but I'm guessing.
Oh, I loved these Heucheras. Must get some for the shade garden!
I had to get down on my belly to get a sniff of these tiny Dianthus. Well worth it!
Oh, but it was a pretty annual bed. And guess what fearsome creature we saw at the Penn State Botanical garden/Arboretum!
You guessed it...the Nittany Bunny Wabbit. We were shaking in our sneakers and we ran back to see Justin swim some more. I'm sure you can tell we made it out alive. ;-)