Tiny Yellow Flowers

Rock Garden Flowers

Rock Garden Flowers © 2011 Bo Mackison

The sun peeked out from behind the clouds this morning for about an hour, and so we took advantage of the sunlight and went for a walk at the nearby Allen Centennial Gardens. The gardens, located on the urban campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is home to a huge number of botanicals on a few acre lot.

There aren’t many flowers blooming except for the early spring bulbs — daffodils mostly– but the rock garden is showing the beginning signs of flowering. Several bunches of flowers, mostly in the draba family, had a few flowers in bloom, especially those blossoms that were sheltered from unpredictable weather by larger rocks.

If we have a couple of days of warm weather and sunshine, there are plenty of flowers with buds ready to pop. Should be a lovely sight when spring decides to stay.


I am back in Wisconsin after spending the first part of 2011 in Arizona. Still waiting, with bated breath, to see Spring tiptoe into Wisconsin.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. We have some draba species blooming here too. I bet those rock gardens will be pretty in a few more weeks. One of the things I liked about Seattle was the many beautiful rock gardens there. Lots of homes were built on small hills and almost all of them had rock gardens.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Yes, the rock gardens are the first areas to show their textures and full colors, and the textures can’t be duplicated in any other kind of garden, my way of thinking.

  2. So great to see even the first beginnings of spring. Us too – we had a few hours of sun before the rain returned. Lovely image!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      A this point, I’m grateful for even an hour of sunlight. Soon, Marcie, soon! Til then, we’ll have to creatively do a “plan-around.” 🙂

  3. Great to see signs of Spring.

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