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Callaway Gardens Vacation: Part 3 – Birds!

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My favorite place at Callaway Gardens is Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden.  On our first visit, Rich wanted to check out the veges, and I thought I’d be totally bored.  But it was quite the opposite.  There are tons of birds in the garden.  In fact, it is a certified Backyard Habitat.  It’s not just vegetables, either.  They plant flowers in the garden, too, including a Trial Garden for new varieties of plants.  On this trip, the large patches of zinnias were particularly attractive to the butterflies, goldfinches, and hummingbirds. Our first night there was the only night that the vegetable garden was open for sunset.  Each night after that, the gates were locked long before the golden light hour.  We were very disappointed.  Mornings are just not the same, with the staff working in the garden and mowing and pruning and startling the birds.  (I know the birds are used to having people around, but they pose a lot better when the garden is quiet!)  Also disappointing was the presence of this Red-Tailed Hawk in the garden on the one evening that we were able to photograph there.  Although I’d never seen a Red-Tailed Hawk before, and I enjoyed the […]

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Callaway Gardens Trip – Spring 2010

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Rich and I decided to take a week off this spring to go to Callaway Gardens to see the azaleas.  With the cold winter and early spring rain, the bloom was supposed to be spectacular.  It’s also very late – so the Callaway Azalea Watch was very helpful in planning our trip. The Mountain Creek Inn was full, so we ended up renting a cottage.  It was really nice.  We were right inside the gardens, and we woke every morning to bird song. One of my favorite things about Callaway is seeing flowers and plants that like colder weather, so I can’t grow them in Florida.  The flower beds were accented with pansies and tulips and daffodils. I took this picture in Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden in the morning while the gardeners were watering the flowers.  The water droplets add a fun effect. Rich asked me to take a tulip picture for his mom, and once I started trying to get good close-ups, I had trouble stopping.  Squirt says I should have gotten more close-ups of pansies while I was at it. Of course, the real reason we went this week was to see the azaleas.  Callaway has several azalea […]