Posts Tagged ‘Botanic Garden’

Mother’s Day

Tuesday, 05.13.14

We all loved our visit last month to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden so much that we decided to go again for Mother’s Day.  


The visits were just a few weeks apart but so many things were different.  Equally beautiful but not quite as over the top.

Still a good amount of yellow:


And fluttery purple flowers:


I take it back.  There is nothing subtle about this kind of masterful color work.  I’m still very impressed.


I thought we needed a little treat before our walk to celebrate the moms.  I made Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream.  I added mini chocolate chips to the batter and dipped the frosted tops in chocolate sprinkles.


In order to transport them I thought of a brilliant idea.  I would put them into plastic cups!  After a little play on Pinterest I discovered this is not an original idea.  I popped them in the cups, they didn’t quite fit, but it did the job.



You know how I like a bit of a theme.  I went with blue, not wanting to recreate the yellow drama from the last family gathering (He still doesn’t want to talk about yellow).  I decided on blue because sport cap water bottles where the only ones I could find in the mini size.  It just so happens that I really like blue and had lovely paper liners to use.

 I found a graphic that reminded me of the meadow.  I used it to make water bottle labels.


I even managed to persuade my printer to print the design on lunch bags.  I don’t think the printer was too terribly happy about it but it still seems to be working.


Each bag contained a cupcake, mini water bottle, cocktail napkin, and fork.


I bundled up some cherries and berries for an extra treat for the Mothers.  The pretty little jewels!


These little Chinese food take out boxes are one of my favorite things to use for food gifts.  Another bit of the theme printed on stickers.


We found a picnic table to gather around and dig into our baggies.  The cup and fork really made the cupcake easy to eat and didn’t leave us with sugary fingers or a huge mess to clean up.


From there we set off on a walk.  


A different trail this time.  It took us through a forest of redwoods.


Ending with the same glorious, grand finale.


A Walk in the Garden

Friday, 04.18.14

I teased you with a “spring explosion” last time and here it is.


After Mom’s lunch we went for an outing to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  I’ve been there before but I don’t think I’ve ever been there at this time of year.  It was shocking!  The amount of yellow gorgeousness happening in the meadow was seriously shocking.  This was actually upsetting for my five-and-a-half year old nephew who had had enough of yellow after the yellow themed birthday lunch.  I didn’t take offense because I know at least Mom and I liked the yellow.  (I’ll share that yellow soon.)

He didn’t even want to “taaaaaaalk about yellow”.





He was consoled by being put in charge of the map.  He is a detective-explorer after all.  He expertly lead us along the paths.



There were beautiful blooms everywhere but my favorite part was definitely the meadow.


I wanted to run across it with a long skirt billowing and a wide brimmed straw hat on the verge of flying off my head.


I did not do this, having no such costume and not wanting to be kicked out. So instead I took a gazillion photos.




When we had had our fill of yellow we headed home with a quick stop at the Mission Rose Garden.  


Another excellent representation of spring as well.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the stroll among the fragrant blooms.






One last bit of yellow


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I'm Margaret and I like to make things: in the kitchen, on my knitting needles, with the sewing machine, and for the home. Manorette is a delightful home to share my inspiration and maybe some goof ups. It is never a grand manor.