Monday, December 15, 2014

NC Winter Lights

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. There are no flowers in my garden at the moment. Most of the snow did melt though. That was nice. The Under Garden is back until the next round.

I don't want you to leave empty handed. So, for December's Bloom Day we will visit the NC Winter Lights show at the NC Arboretum in Asheville.

Just consider this a highly seasonal floral display.

The night was clear and cold.

Bundled up, my friend Deb and I strolled the arboretum's grounds taking in the sights. The quilt garden stayed true to its theme

Glowing orbs rolled through the forest.

Blue arches covered a main walkway.

Full grown trees were bathed in primary colors.

It was an over the top Christmas light freak show.

Which is the whole point.

Extravagance and abundance in a multitude of changing colors. Don't like blue? Wait a few seconds.

The winter lights over flowed.

There was a lot to like. I think my favorite was the simple lighting to paint the trees.

And all the different ways for the camera to frame and play with them.

Many of the lights had a botanical theme. Calla Lilies anyone?

In many colors of course.

I hope the Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum are an acceptable substitute for a plethora of blooms. It will be late March to early April before the wild cultivated gardens are back in a plethora.

Just so this won't be complete cheating, I do have two real orchids in bloom. Maybe you can find more at Bloom Day headquarters at May Dreams Gardens.


Sallysmom said...

Love that light show. I wish we had somewhere like that to go.

Unknown said...

Saw your post on FB! The painted trees and the "quilts" are my favorites! Your orchids are in a class by themselves.

Lola said...

I love those lights.

Anonymous said...

The lights do look a lot like flowers!