Lilacia Park

Here are some of the pictures I took on our most recent outing to Lilacia Park.

Now, lilacs are some of the loveliest flowers I know of. (I have been saying that about a lot of flowers lately) They smell beautiful and they are just so delicate.

If you have never been to Lilacia Park, let me give you a little background information.  Lilacia Park was started by Colonel William Plum and his wife, Helen. They were both enraptured by the lilacs and started to cultivate two lilac bushes. However when the Colonel’s wife passed away, his interest in his estate vanished and he offered his collections for sale. However, his offer was shot down when people told him that the lilacs should remain in their original location. When the Colonel passed away some three years later, he stated in his will that the estate be given to the local people as a public park.

When we went, most of their flowers were in full bloom. Now, Lilacia Park is full of tulips. (Most of my pictures are of tulips.) But they are all different colors so wherever you turn, there are gorgeous splashes of color. On to the pictures!

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If you stand by the lilacs and just breathe, the scent could just overpower you. It is beautiful.

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I have never seen tulips like this before. It looks like someone painted flames on the petals.
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I loved the color combinations.

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Another unique tulip.

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That’s all from me. Thanks for reading!

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Trip to the Morton Arboretum

About a month ago, we made a trip to the Morton Arboretum.

If you have never been there, let me tell you: That place is one of the best outdoor forest preserves that I know of.  (Of course, I haven’t been to any national state parks even though I would love to go to one someday, but until then, this place is the best.)

As a family, we love to go there. We walk on the trails, try and spot animals, (it almost never happens, my siblings are too loud) and sometimes, we even bring a picnic. I have noticed that whenever I go there, I instantly feel calm and happy. Nature has that effect.

Anyway, we decided to go on a day when the daffodils would be in full bloom. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect day. The sun was out, there was a cool breeze blowing, and there was that lovely smell in the air that you get after a spring rain.

The Daffodil Glade (which is where we were for a while) is so pretty. There are a couple different varieties of daffodils and they grow in large patches so there are patches of yellow and cream everywhere you look. Here’s a picture of one of those patches.

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And here’s a shot of a clump of daffodils growing by a tree.

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I cannot remember for the life of me what the little blue flowers are called. But they grow all over the ground in the Daffodil Glade.

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After spending some time with the daffodils, we walked on because my mother wanted to see if the magnolia trees were in bloom. On the way we came across some bluebells.

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Bluebells are so delicate and they are such a lovely color. I love them.

Anyway, when we got to the magnolia trees, we were not disappointed. They were in full bloom. Again, they had a few different varieties so we saw a couple different colors.

Magnolias are probably some of the loveliest smelling flowers ever. If you just stop by a magnolia tree and breathe, the cool breeze mixed with the scent of magnolias can become quite addictive. It’s literally a piece of heaven.

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The trees are perfect for climbing. My siblings were climbing as high as they could go and then just sitting there surrounded by magnolias. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

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Our final discovery was when we were walking back to our car. As we passed by the lake, my mother spotted about six turtles basking on a log.

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We all assumed that the smaller turtles were babies. They were actually blending in so well, I didn’t notice them until I looked close.

Here’s a close-up shot.

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That would be all from me. 🙂

Thanks for reading!