Our family took a short road trip to Mendocino, California, off the Pacific coast. One of the things I really wanted to do was visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Not surprisingly, my husband did not share my excitement nor did our kids. Nevertheless, my husband was sweet enough to take our boys to a nearby water park, while I went to the gardens to wander for a few hours. I was really looking forward to this — no kids distracting me, I could take my time, and I actually had my full camera gear with me for a change.
As I entered the garden with a spring in my step, my excitement quickly turned to disappointment. There was nothing at all to see! Just grass and brown barren branches. Where were these famed dahlias? Blooming roses? Lush gardens? I saw pictures of them in the tour books I grabbed from the hotel — where were they now?
Silly me forgot that it was February… and still winter. Everything was very uninspiring and dull, and truthfully, I felt as if this was a wasted trip — until this beautiful lenten rose (also known as hellebores or christmas rose) caught my eye. I love its soft delicate petals and pale muted color. Lenten roses are known for its downward facing blossoms, but one looked up at me as if to say, “Cheer up, my dear. Spring is coming!”