On a visit to the arboretum this weekend, I was interested to see that the lath house was undergoing a major renovation and expansion.
One of the interesting parts of the J. C. Raulston Arboretum at NCSU in Raleigh, NC is the lath house.
The sign saying the garden was closed only referred to the lath house, the rest of the garden was open.
Next to the lath house is the Japanese Garden.
They go together very well visually.
I love the whimsical bathroom house at the arboretum.
It fits into the garden and adds a fun touch.
One reason I wanted to visit the garden on a chilly winter Saturday is because the temperatures were dropping and I knew many of the premature blooms would be damaged over night.
We have had such a strange winter that many plants and flowers got way ahead of themselves.
February has been more like early spring than winter although that is changing again.
I think the bronze tree below looks like an evergolden tree, as opposed to evergreen.
I think the reflection below is almost surreal.
Even if there weren't so many premature blooms, the winter garden has its own beauty.
I think the mix of plants that have overwintered and those that are coming back is very beautiful.
I suspect that if I went to the garden today, those early blooms will have freezer burn and be dropping off so I'm glad I went when I did.
Fortunately some of the trees and plants didn't get confused and are safely in winter mode.
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