On a trip to visit my mom, I stopped in Clear Lake to see the daffodils in bloom at the North Central Iowa Gardens. It's a volunteer-run public garden that's planted on the site of a former school. It's such a peaceful oasis in the middle of town. I was the only visitor at 9 a.m., and it was a quiet place to collect my thoughts before continuing on my road trip.
The daffodils and tulips were just starting to fade away. Soon, the peonies will be blooming.
Before leaving Clear Lake, I drove downtown to check out the shops. I loved seeing all the garden flowers at the local dime store. Another reminder that summer is just around the corner.