Every summer about the end of July, beginning of August there blooms these exotic water lilies in ponds near the conservatory at Como Park. I don’t always remember to go look at them but something on my phone reminded me that the last time I photographed them was 8/1/15. In fact, I created a post about that visit. Do check it out, I think you’ll like it.
I had been thinking about these gorgeous flowers but didn’t take the next step to go look at the dates on the photos to remember when they bloom. Instead I was reminded via current technology. Smart phones are great tools!!
And so I give you this year’s version of the dazzling beauties that are the water lilies at Como Park in St. Paul Minnesota. I hope you enjoy!
water lilies-Como Park
water lilies-Como Park
One last one full size on its own. I’m so glad I got to see them this year!
I think I got this one in under the wire. Isn’t there a new challenge every Wednesday? In any case, here are my picks for this week’s theme:
wild salvia, unusually colored blue
the most unusual lily at the Arboretum
looks like a cat’s tail, very unusual plant
Dali, he’s an unusual artist
unusual art at the Walker
Chihuly at Minneapolis Institute of Art, unusual glass sculpture
ghourds of unusual size at the fair
tin foil sculptures of women praying, unusual art at the Pompidou in Málaga
what could this be?? very unusual looking plant.
unusual art in Barcelona
My next posts are going to be mainly photos. I’ve been taking many so far this summer. Many are from my walks either about campus or in my neighborhood.
This post contains photos of the trial garden at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. It’s a perfect place to take a break at work and I walk there periodically throughout spring, summer and fall. Have a look-see of some early summer blooms and plants, even a bunch of grapes. I didn’t know the vine that grows there is a grape vine. I wonder how those grapes taste.
I hope you’ll come back next week to see more summer blooms. Enjoy!!
Most folks here in the twin cities know about the Arboretum and I had heard about it but, for some reason, I didn’t make it out there until I had been living here 25 years. I finally got to see it in person last year. Since I work for the University of Minnesota I get emails from all kinds of different departments and luckily for me, the Landscape Arboretum was in that stack. I took advantage of the employee discount and became a member last year. It is well worth the price.
What caught my eye last year in one of the emails was a garden tour. I asked my friend Ruth if she’d be interested, she said yes and we had a marvelous time. Ruth and I were just commenting on what fun that was last year and we decided to go again next year. It’s a tour of fabulous gardens near the Arboretum. I wrote about it so do check out the link to see more gorgeous blooms and plants from the southwestern suburbs of the twin cities.
We have been trying to go back to see more of the Arboretum because we didn’t get a chance to last year. After our garden tour we got treated to a nice brunch on their patio and it was a bit warm and we were tuckered out from our busy morning so decided to come back another time. Well, it took almost a year to get back but we were so glad that we did!! Oh my goodness, it takes your breath away. Beautiful plants and flowers everywhere and it goes on for miles. There are many gardens surrounding the visitor center that are easy to get to on foot. Click here to see the map.
There are many types of gardens to explore: roses, lilies and day lilies, herbs, annuals and perennials. There is a Japenese garden that we didn’t get to. We checked out the wildflower garden. It must have been between bloom times as we didn’t see any wildflowers but we did see a handful of turkeys! After wandering around on foot, we got in the car and explored even more on the 3 mile drive. There is a trolley that you could ride as well. There are more gardens in these outer areas of the Arb and I’d like to go back to see the Sculpture and Maze gardens. It’s utterly amazing all the plants and trees that are there! You really can’t see everything in one visit, so return I must. It is now on my “must do” list for twin cities visitors. There’s a reason it won the best botanical garden contest recently. Please have a look at what we saw on a summer afternoon in July. I hope you’ll enjoy!
First some roses, clematis and some annuals and perennials too.
bright pink petunias
more pink petunias
clematis up close
another beautiful clematis
looks like a cat’s tail
I took some photos of the grounds as well. There were rows and rows of gorgeous lilies of all types and just general beauty everywhere.
there were some fountains
the day lily path
many asiatic and other lilies
Ruth called these snowball hydrangea
no wildflowers but several turkeys???
another beautiful fountain
Now for the rest of what I selected to display. I took 86 photos so I had to trim it down a little. If you’ve never been to the Arb and you live here, do make it a point to visit. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it. And if you’re visiting the twin cities, same instructions. You won’t be disappointed! Check out more information at this link. There is so much to explore there and I can’t wait to go back again.
day lily-Landscape Arboretum
almost a dahlia! or two
we think this is a salvia
day lily-Landscape Arboretum
snowball hydrangea up close
one cactus flower
For this week’s challenge I present my interpretation of friend.
Christmas cat and child
I better get a post in before May ends! My poor little blog. I’ve neglected you so….. Without further ado, here are some of my best spring photos. Included in my gallery are my first and second rhubarb crisps this year with two different recipes. My rhubarb plant always does very well. I hope you enjoy!!
crab apple tree blooms on campus
more crab apple blooms
another color of crab apple
first rhubarb crisp of the season
second rhubarb crisp
We spent spring break week in Chicago looking at schools for my daughter and visiting family. We also managed to do some other fun things and one of those was a visit to the Art Institute.
The Art Institute of Chicago is hands down one of my favorite museums on the planet. It seems to have grown since the last time I was there in 1996. There is absolutely no way to see the entire museum in one day. Did I mention it’s immense? Boy howdy. We had only a few hours to see as much as we could before they closed, so we headed up the grand staircase and we were greeted first with some Frank Lloyd Wright architectural remnants from torn down buildings. There’s a nice Rodin sculpture just before you go in to see the Impressionists, the first of many rooms with impressionist paintings. I think the Art Institute of Chicago may have the largest collection of impressionist art that I have seen. There were full rooms of Monet and Renoir. Heaven on earth for an impressionism fan.
We also visited the modern art wing and found more eye candy there. Warhol and Picasso and Dali, oh my! And plenty of other interesting art that enriched me even more having seen them that day. I was sad that we didn’t have time for the miniature rooms. You just cannot see everything. But we thoroughly enjoyed what we did see and I’m providing a snapshot in my gallery below for you to enjoy. This museum is a must for art lovers. The collection is so vast and displays many types of art such that I think there is something for everyone here. Click on any photo to start the gallery and enjoy!
almost to the Art Institute!
Art Institute: love this museum
Art Institute: going up the staircase
one of the many Rodin sculptures
Frank Lloyd Wright
one of my faves by Renoir-Art Institute of Chicago
La Grande Jatte by Seurat
Van Gogh self portrait
directions on the wall
on the way to the modern art
thought provoking art
wall o’ Warhol
Warhol-Art Institute of Chicago
one of my faves by Picasso
Edward Hopper: Nighthawks
a lovely Georgia O’Keeffe that I had never seen before
collection of O’Keeffe