The first garden we toured was the Japanese Garden and it was by far our favorite! It was absolutely gorgeous and, appropriately, very zen-like. I asked Lobster if we could have a Japanese Garden of our very own someday and he didn't hesitate to say yes. This is why I love him, folks. He understands my need to fantasize about ridiculous and relatively impossible things and he indulges me. He is a keeper.
Anyhoo, I was sure to bring my camera and I was snapping pictures like crazy. I tried to keep my snapping to a minimum at first so as not to embarrass Lobster, but within a few minutes I just let myself go. I can't help it. I am a shameless photo-op-a-holic. Want to see some of the lovely images I caught? I thought you might...
We also saw a variety of "wild Japanese animals" in the garden. Observe:
The wild Japanese turtle and the ferocious Japanese kitty.
The contemplative Japanese crane and the slithery Japanese baby snake.
And there were plenty of these dark and sinister Japanese evil squirrels.
We loved the Japanese Garden, but there was so much more to see. Take, for example the Rose Garden:
Amazing, no? Can you imagine getting married there? I certainly can. And I have. I will continue to do so, in fact. As you walk through the Rose Garden you will also find many minor paths to "hidden" gardens. We found one path through a densely wooded area with a natural spring running through it. I happened to come across this curious plant:
Never heard of that plant, have you? Huh. But then, THEN...look what we found:
Have you ever seen a pecan tree so huge? It was ginormous! Immediately, I decided I should be a hobbit and live in that tree. I tried to move in, but the fear of scary bugs already occupying said tree dissuaded me.
We walked through the rest of the gardens and everything was lovely, but we were getting very hot and tired. However, we did manage to find another ginormous tree with low hanging branches. And what does one do when one finds a tree with low hanging branches? Why, we climbed it, of course.
After that, we were spent. We trudged back to the car where the air conditioning was plentiful. We were sweaty and dirty and tired, but oh, did we have fun!