“Flowers are happy things.”

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We went to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens today for the first time since we’ve moved back. It was always one of mine and Trey’s regular stops when we first began dating, and today we were able to share it with Jon Christian.

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This fella and his Alabama hats. He was born in PA, but moved to AL in middle school and is an Alabamian through and through. If I were to do a little bit of closet inventory, I imagine that I would find five or six hats that are somehow related to Alabama. He was meant to be a southerner.

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I handed my camera over to Jon every now and then to try to distract him from the heat, and I love the pictures that he captured.

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I could live in these gardens.

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These guys. Trey lets Jon give him all of the eskimo kisses, back scratches, nose rubs, and big squeezes that he wants, for as long as he wants. Trey is patient, kind, and understanding about what makes Jon tick, and he knows what to say to put my worries at ease. And, whenever I am nose deep in flowers, Trey and Jon can retreat to the shade together.

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We didn’t make it to the koi ponds, which I’m sure Jon would have loved. But, we made sure to stop by the roses which are what I always associate with the beginning years of Trey and I. We went to these gardens so often, and walked through the roses all year round. When I knew that he was going to propose, and I was hunting for the perfect engagement ring, I was thrilled to  learn that the one I fell in love with was called a rose cut diamond. Of course it would be.

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Some of my favorite quotations about gardening and flowers:

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. – Henri Matisse

The earth laughs in flowers. – Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Flowers grow out of dark moments. –  Corita Kent

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. – Margaret Atwood

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in the autumn. – B.C. Forbes

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