March 25, 2010

Tiptoe through the Tulips at Filoli Gardens





Just a few freeway exits from our home is an estate where people travel to from miles around. I hadn't been here in years, and then I realized, "hey, people travel here from miles around - I should go!".  So I packed up the girls, picked up some snacks, and drove 10 minutes away to Filoli Gardens. Filoli is one of those take-you-back-in-time mansions that inspire visions of grand ballroom dances, lawn parties, horses and carriages. The girls were so chuffed to be on a civilized stroll in these magic meadows (rather than on my traditional weekend 'hike') that they almost thanked me. Imagine that!

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8 comments:

Amy @ The Q Family said...

I know, huh? Sometimes we tend to forget about things to do in our own backyard. I have so many places on my list in or around Atlanta that I should have been but haven't yet. :)

Ah!!! Love the colorful flowers of Spring!

kimberly/tippytoes said...

You know, we've never been there. Isn't that shameful?

Jen said...

My favorite flower in the whole world!!! Beautiful pictures!

Debi said...

Tulips are my favorite & these photos are gorgeous! What a great way to enjoy spring practically in your own backyard! :)

Shelly Rivoli said...

This looks SO much more inviting than Winchester Mystery! I'll definitely take some visitors to see this next time. Thanks!

Pen and View said...

Every spring I say to myself that I am going to get up to Filoli!!! Will I do it this year?!?!

Jitka @ Okenko said...

Hi Lorraine,
it seems that we walk the same ground - we have been to Purissima Creek Open Space two times this month and we were planning to go to Filoli next week:)
Jitka / Okenko Books

Cate said...

This is what spring is about, the garden and plantings. I've managed to incorporate a few potted tulips inside my apartment in a pathetic attempt to embrace spring.