Friday, April 15, 2016

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 79

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This week my 5 will be from the beautiful Duke Gardens!

Last Saturday we took a little day trip down to Raleigh....some of you might remember we have found a taco shop there that makes Southern California Mexican food, which we miss. We left San Diego in 2001 and the Mexican food is what we miss just isn't duplicated anywhere else.....nobody understands our plight...except for other transplanted Southern Californians.

We had our lunch in Raleigh then back tracked to Durham and visited Duke University. Here we are at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

I remember Tulips being my grandma's favorite.

But honestly, I think of Camellias more when I think of my Grandma. She had several beautiful Camellia bushes...she also grew Tulips in her garden but the Camellias really stick out in my memory.

I want to plant a whole bunch of Tulips here at our new house along the front porch in memory of my Grandma...maybe even a few Camellias in the backyard.

1 more shot from the gardens:
Your's truly and my husband Nick...tomorrow we will have been together for 34 years...that's when we started 10th grade! Crazy!

That's my 5 this week and I hope you will join in! It's easy, post 5 randoms, link back, visit others!! Thank you so much for visiting and playing along!

I am linking up with Cath's Fun Friday Favourites

Nancy's Random 5 Friday

And Denise's Today's Flowers

To visit the garden's website Click Here and they even have a blog right HERE!

Have a great weekend!!


  1. A wonderful garden ... and good luck with your gardening plans.
    Camelias seems for me very problematic (maybe, our climate isn't right for them).
    34 years - what a remarkable time.
    Enjoy this day

  2. What a stunning all the tulips! and the daffodils....they always remind me of my granddad...he loved to grow them.

  3. I love these photos! Such a beautifiul display of the most colorful spring flowers. Congratulations on tomorrow being this very special day of your meeting Nick. That is a great photo of the two of you. Planting tulips is a lovely way of remembering your grandma. And yes, having lived in San Diego for many years, I can understand about the Mexican food. I may have mentioned before that we had a friend whose mother sent him care packages of that very thing when he went out of state to college many years ago :) Thanks for linking with Today's Flowers and have a great weekend.

  4. what a fabulous display of spring, I can't wait for it to come our way. February 9th my wife and girl friend celebrated our 50th anniversary of our first date.

  5. 34 years....that is just downright super!! And no...10th grade was the beginning of a wonderful life together, not crazy at all.

    Oh and yes...I love the Spring flowers. Especially those dark wine-colored tulips.

  6. After living six years in Texas I understand your plight. Mexican food is not the same here. Beautiful flowers!

  7. Happy Anniversary!
    I'm from Southern California . . . yep - much of the nation does not understand about the food - sigh
    I worked in Raliegh countless times . . . I wonder how i never knew about that Garden . . too bad for me.

    Brilliant Week!

  8. since Grade 10 WOW too cool, congratulations! And Spring has certainly sprung, gorgeous photos.

  9. Congrats, Tanya, on the upcoming togetherness anniversary. I really think that it will last forever! I mean you two have never known a life without the other. How cool is that!! My husband and I started our married life in San Diego... he was a navy man... handsome sailor!!

  10. Hello Tanya! Happy Anniversary! I love all the beautiful flowers. Mexican food is a favorite of mine, YUM! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  11. Happy Anniversary!

    The tulips are gorgeous.

  12. These are such lovely Tulips. Every time I pass through Durham, I want to stop and see the gardens.

    Congrats on 34 years!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Very pretty!

    Our tulips are just now starting to bloom.

  14. What a wonderful garden! Beautiful flowers and you got some wonderful shots of them. What a great day, tacos and all! :-)Sorry about my wordy post...I just felt reflective and it had to come out! :-)

  15. Lovely flowers and that will be a beautiful tribute to your grandma.

  16. I'm putting the Duke gardens on my to do list the next time I'm in Raleigh! Gorgeous! Happy Anniversary and Happy Friday!

  17. I'm so happy to see you and hubby still smiling together after 34 years! Congratulations!
    The gardens are beautiful and I love the tulips!

  18. Sweet post -- we miss Mexican food here in Florida as well -- I'd drive a ways to find a good place! (Oregon is probably almost as good as California for finding the good stuff). Gosh, we started dating when I was a HS Sophomore too -- so adding a few more years to the number of years we've been married and (eeek! who can count that high!!!)

  19. Eu amei as flores!
    feliz aniversário de casamento
    34 anos


  20. Maybe you collected some tulip bulbs? ;-)

  21. Those tulips are gorgeous.. the fields full in the Skagit Valley an hour north of Seattle are blooming in all their glory now too...

  22. Congratulations on your anniversary!

  23. Beautiful flowers for your anniversary!

  24. Wow wonderful colors and flowers. I love the spring flowers. Love the tulips.

  25. Happy anniversary! The flowers are beautiful.

  26. Hope you had a wonderful anniversary weekend, Tanya!
    Looks like you enjoyed the Duke flower gardens, beautiful.

  27. Must be love! :D When I was quite young, I told my family I was going to marry a millionaire. They told me to marry for love the first time around. I think they were onto something. The flowers are gorgeous, I especially like those deeply-colored tulips. They look so elegant.


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