This is the problem with visiting botanical gardens. I am perfectly happy with my creek (well almost, it's just kind of overgrown and neglected and I sure could use a better way of crossing it other than just looking for dry spots or rocks)...
...but then I see this.
Well, of course my little mind then scrambles as to how to duplicate the over the top theatrical beauty of this scene.
I love weeping willows. I need one. They grow fast and last about 35 years (probably what I will last too) so the two of us can become old ladies together. Weeping willow, check, on the list.
See that yellowy green plant in the upper center? That plant just glowed in the late day sun. From a distance it reminded me of the euphorbias I saw in Golden Gate Park years ago. I just loved them. They may survive this zone but with turtles stomping and the size of my current little backyard, I never pursued growing them.
But that golden plant definitely took center stage and I had to know what it was.
It's a "Golden Spirit" smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria). I had no idea they came in that color. Definitely on the list.
And I really need a bridge. Maybe not a bright green one.