Greetings! Always so much happening in spring! Back on April 20, Carole and I went to the Cincinnati Flower Show. It drizzled nearly the whole three hours we were there, but no matter. It was fun and some exhibits were inside, as was a taste extravaganza (Stilton cheese is transcendent), and attendance was good.
The show took place on Coney Island, near the river, which is usually an amusement park. There were displays of landscapes, table settings, container gardens, window boxes, and many vendor booths.
Chard in a flower container—clever!
The next day, we were headed to Dayton but made a little side tour to Lebanon, the poster child of a beautiful Midwestern small town, to stop at the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory. They had many varieties in both milk and dark chocolate, including dark malt bark, dark mint patties, and other yummy things (long since consumed, mmmmm...).
Outside of Dayton, we stopped at the Cox Arboretum, which was a wonderful delight with perennial beds, expanses of blooming bulbs, a Monet bridge on a pond, a woodland wildflower garden, and very friendly volunteer staff! Plus, all the trees were labeled, which was a treat!
The espalier trees are apple!