Gardens at Effingham: Where Cats Tell the Tales

Celebrate the Seasons! Gorgeous Garden Photos by Most Beloved


Peach flowering quince branch in full bloom close up photograph.
Flowering Quince, Gardens at Effingham

A Note from Most Beloved

Sometimes, I journal my cat tales. Sometimes, (okay, quite a bit of time) I nap. Oftentimes, I munch and crunch on num-nums while journaling.

And the rest of the time? Time when I’m not napping, paw-printing my way through my cat tales, and snacking on num-nums? I snap photographs of the gardens.

I’m not (technically) supposed to be using the camera of She-Who-Loves-Me-Most because sometimes? Well sometimes my paws drop things. Accidentally of course! I mean, sometimes a pen just rolls off the desk. Even though I always try to hold onto that pen (how else can I journal?).

Sometimes my water glass just moves itself closer and closer to the edge of wherever I’m sitting. Is it following me? I try to catch the glass before it falls, but alas, my paws are not adept at catching things that roll and slip-slide away.

I am, however, terrific at pushing buttons. Keyboard buttons, things that go clickety-clack, mouse buttons, camera buttons, and oodles of other buttons. But I do feel a nap coming on. Yawn and ta-da, I present to you my garden photographs. Enjoy!

Most Affectionately Yours,

Most Beloved

Celebrate the Seasons through Flowers

Spring Beauty

Spring and summer bring a spectacular display of early, mid, and late blooming flowers, shrubs, and trees: crocus, spring beauties, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, azaleas, rhododendron, dogwood, crab-apple, redbud, fruit trees (and more).

Purple Lilac in Bloom Close Up Photograph
Purple Lilac in Bloom

Summer Heat

By mid-summer, the gardens are fragrant with roses, daylillies, hosta, hydrangea, viburnum, resurrection lilies, ripe fruit on trees and vines, and plentiful berries.

Peach Daylily in a Cluster of Two
Peach Daylily in Twos
Field of Black-Eyed Susans
Black-Eyed Susans in Full Bloom

Falling Leaves

Fall brings chrysanthemums and ornamental gourds, acorn and butternut squash, pumpkins of all varieties, seedum, and a colorful display as the flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees change into reds, oranges, yellows before the first frost.

Winter Dreams

And winter? A dormant display of trees without leaves, shriveled flowers and vines (important food for the birds who winter over), striking color in some shrubs, evergreens, Norway spruce, dogwood, and junipers, and a brilliant beauty in knowing that all that seems lost is merely tucked in for winter.

Winter Brings Snow

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