Our family recently moved from Lakeland, Fla, to Springdale, Ark. We were hoping to escape some of the oppressive heat of Florida, but alas, no luck — yet! (I know . . . it’s HOT everywhere this summer.)

One of my favorite things about living in this part of Arkansas is the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, which is just two miles from our new home. I’ve visited the garden weekly since we arrived. It’s gorgeous, with a nice variety of flowers, and not overly manicured. I love the layout of the garden also; there are several meandering paths leading through the garden, with many places to sit and relax along the way.

Here are a few of my favorite photos of the garden I have taken so far this summer. Don’t be surprised when you see a photo or two of a rooster mixed among the floral photos; he’s quite photogenic.

Which photos are your favorites? I’m partial to the pink water lilies.

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A Little Surprise

On May 9, 2008, in photos, by Barbara Nixon

Calla Lily

Originally uploaded by barbara_nixon

Yesterday afternoon, I was at the Savannah Botanical Garden with my #2 son. He was helping me find flowers to take extreme close-ups of. We came across this calla lily. I was struck by how white the petal was. It wasn’t until last night when I was showing my husband my latest photos in Adobe Photoshop Album that I learned that there was a little surprise inside the lily. Can you see it? It made me smile.

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