This morning Reed and I headed south 100 miles to Iowa State University to visit Rieman Gardens, a 17 acre plot of gardens, pathways, wind sculptures, gazeboes, rose gardens, experimental vegetable gardens, children’s gardens, porticos, potted plants, a butterfly garden, a tropical horticulture building and more I can’t even name! We got 30 minutes away from home and stopped for gas and I HAD LEFT MY PURSE AT HOME!!!!!!
I had carried out a load of outgoing mail for the mailbox, towels for our laps, hand sanitizer and the garbage but no purse. Should we go back home? I knew I had some money in the console so Reed started counting. One dollar bills and quarters came to $87! Wow! We went on to Ames. We stopped and put in $10 gas plus $5 of 2 coffees and 2 donuts. Yup, I didn’t even have enough gas to get there and home again.
We got to Iowa State and Rieman Gardens where we paid $12.50 to get in – total for both of us. We went to the butterfly garden first where it was so hot but so many butterflies in the air, it was unbelievable. Here are some photos.
We walked for two hours and marveled over the variety of trees and plants, all which were labeled. This picture is blurry – sorry – but it’s too good not to post it.
I think we liked the pond the best and believe these huge blooms were lotus blossoms and the seed head after the petals drop.
The water lilies were assorted colors from white to deep magenta. Just gorgeous!
Does anyone know what those flat saucer things are?
There were even some succulents and cacti – which we noticed were in their pots and sunk in the larger pots so they could be easily pulled and moved inside when it gets cold.
And here was the tropical rain forest where I found many of my favorite plants that I like to grow inside.
And that was our visit to Rieman Gardens – time for lunch at Hickory Park.
On our way home we stopped at the antique mall where Reed bought a chicken plate – forgot to get a photo. Then we stopped at the thrift store where I picked up two tomato pincushions for fifty cents each! Score!
We got home by supper time with dollar bills still in our pockets – haha! I didn’t go over the speed limit once because I didn’t have my license, I had no credit card or checkbook or insurance cards. The upside is that I didn’t have to carry my purse the whole day! How’s that for a great day? I am so lucky! I knew you’d love this story, girls – you can’t make this stuff up!