Let there be flowers | Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

On Saturday we met up with my sister and bro-in-law to walk through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (in Belmont, NC) and have a little lunch at one of our most favorite eateries, Dean and Deluca.

The weather app had been promising sun earlier in the week, but when we got up in the morning, it was decidedly overcast and more than a little chilly. However, by the time my sister and brother-in-law arrived at the gardens, the sun was starting to peak out from behind the clouds.

Clouds, clouds go away.
Clouds, clouds go away.

We arrived at the gardens early, so that gave mum and I a chance to check out the Orchid Conservatory before my sister and brother-in-law arrived. If you’ve ever been in a Conservatory, you’ll remember the warmth and humidity that fills the air around you. Normally humidity is something I strive to avoid whenever humanly possible, but with the cool temperatures outside, I welcomed it.

Beauty in the smallest of things.
Beauty in the smallest of things.
Orchids...
Orchids…
Wall of Orchids
Wall of Orchids
Leafy green...
Leafy green…
These smelled so good.
So delicate.
Spring has sprung...
Spring has sprung…
This bird was just not co-operating with me.
This bird was just not co-operating with me.

My brother-in-law and I kept trying to find this bird which we could hear very clearly, but could not quite locate. When we did, the bird was determined it would not be photographed… at least not the way I was hoping.

After a quick stop over in the Garden shop, we were back on the road again, our stomachs complaining loudly. I didn’t realize just how hungry I was until we were nearly there.

So this salad was actually quite nice looking before I nearly dumped the entire thing in my lap... What can I say, when it comes to klutziness I'm extremely talented.
So this salad was actually quite nice looking before I nearly dumped the entire thing in my lap… What can I say, when it comes to klutziness I’m extremely talented.
My sister's salad.
My sister’s salad.
My bro-in-law had a salad and this 4 Cheese Pizza. It smelled heavenly.
My bro-in-law had a salad and this 4 Cheese Pizza. It smelled heavenly.

Want to see pictures of our Easter Celebration afterwards? Stay tuned to my foodie blog here.

~theavidpen

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