With two sons who are musicians, and a husband who loves cars, there's not a lot of quiet here unless I am home alone with the cats. And I may have shared far too many cat pictures.
I searched through my archives and found a beautiful quiet spot: Lotusland, the home of Madame Ganna Walska.
Mme. Walska was a Polish opera singer and avid gardener. After her sixth marriage, she devoted her life to creating imaginative gardens at her estate in Montecito, California.
Tours are available February through November. We visited one April. There was not a lot in bloom at that time of year, but the gardens were lush and quiet.
Next weekend, they are having an auction of exotic plant specimens.
Notice a resemblance here??? (Minus the hooves.)