Yesterday we visited this local botanical garden which had a fascinating mix of plants native to Virginia and other exotic flowers, together with native wildlife. It was also much bigger than we had realized.
My favourite plant there was the lotus - I am not sure that I have seen one before in flower.
There were also some beautiful water lilies..
Amongst the lilies were families of painted turtles.
In the big lake there were some huge koi carp and rather large and ancient looking turtles..
Wheeling around above the water were swallows..
And many different dragonflies..
There was much to see and we will no doubt visit again.
In the meantime, today is of course Independence Day and tonight there is a huge concert and fireworks on the National Mall in Washington DC. The weather forecast is not great though and so, after the wettest walk ever this afternoon in the woods... (Yes, Mum, definitely a Saltash Rig)
We are watching it on the TV...