Downtown Sacramento Icon

If you have spent any time in downtown Sacramento you can’t miss these iconic landmarks located in East Sacramento off Alhambra. In recent years the ugly ol’ water tower has been gussied up with a cool light feature which somehow makes it new and interesting. And it juxtaposed with the fire training tower has always somehow garnered my interest. In an area where property is expensive and at a premium I still can’t believe these random icons are still standing.

Bottlebrush buds bursting

We used to have one of these bushes in my yard growing up and I have one in my current house. They never cease to fascinate me these buds. Mother Nature must get bored occasionally and think, “what kind of crazy thing can I come up with now?” Check out the individual buds on this tree! It is amazingly prolific and the bees and hummingbirds flock to it without fail. I love this tree and felt I must share it’s awesomeness with you flower fans fore it is bursting before my eyes!

Spring iPhone NURSERY photos… but not the kind this Mama normally sees

Ok so clearly by the lack of regular posting this last year it is clear I have my hands full in the home nursery. But, true to form, my little guy’s favorite thing to do is to observe and smell flowers and just generally be outside. Sooo…we spend a lot of time at a few local flower nurseries so both of us can get some fresh air and smell the flowers as it were. I hope you enjoy a few lovely little iPhone shots that aren’t too shabby considering it’s not my good camera and my other hand is wrangling a high energy toddler!

Happy Spring wherever you are. Are the flowers out and proud in your end of the word?

This dogwood won the prize for prettiest flower of the day for meThese blooms look like they are in a race to see who can bid first. It’s fun to take he time to watch the buds slowly openHard to tell if I am in California or Hawaii!This is one of the most beautiful plants I’ve ever seen. I did the right thing and left it for someone with a green thumb to purchase so it may actually survive. :)

McKinley Park Rose Garden – Downtown Sacramento

McKinley Park is an iconic downtown Sacramento park. I have been coming here for years. There is no better time to visit than during the spring Rose Flush. This park and these roses are a spark of what is perfect about the Northern California region this time of year. Spring is springing and the heat of summer isn’t depressing and making us flee yet. The aroma of new roses mixed with the citrus smell of surrounding tree buds is enticing. The birds are chirping, mothers are strolling their babies, and it is impossible to be sour in this setting. Many a bride has been married in this very spotColors only Mother Nature can perfect Volunteers keep the roses ship shape hereThis tree is amazing!Perfection in pinkWish I could share the smell with you through your screenA sign of what’s to come