ORCHID SHOW 2016, Missouri Botanical Gardens


March 27, 2016

This is the last day to see the annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  The show is all indoors and I just love these funny little flowers.  Orchids are proof that Mother Nature has a  never ending imagination and a silly  sense of humor.

Some interesting facts :   There are documented 25,000 different species of orchids and some  can survive  up to 100 years.  Orchids can be as small as a penny or the largest weighs a couple of pounds.  They can grow anywhere in the world except where it is extremely cold or hot,  though most live in tropical rain forests.  The flower of some  orchids can last  a few hours up to six months.  Orchids produce millions of tiny seeds but only a few will develop into a plant.  Substances from the orchids are sometimes used in perfumes, spices and Asian medicine.  Vanilla is probably the best know use that  comes from the orchid.


Am I seeing things are does this look like a face?  Such a happy, big smile!


The traditional prom or wedding inspired orchid.


These remind me of dancing stick puppets.



Whirligig orchids


Such  beauty and detail

Very  interesting……..


These last two photos were from an interesting  framed arrangement of small bottles strung together  in front of a rain forest mural.

Hope you enjoyed the photos!   If you are interested in seeing a photo of the  monkey orchid, naked guy orchid, owl orchid, bee orchard and the smallest orchid, go to:


You won’t be disappointed.   Happy Spring and thanks for reading!!



ART in BLOOM 2016, St. Louis Art Museum


“Sinking of the Titanic”  by Max Beckmann

Floral by Cecilia Ann Barnett

March 11, 2015

“Art in Bloom” is an annual event at the St. Louis Art Museum (and also  various other locations in the country).   This year the event  featured 35 floral interpretations of   paintings  or other works of art  through out the Museum’s  collection.   I had an  enjoyable  afternoon admiring beautiful works of art!   It was incredible  to see the colorful  and imaginative  floral creations  along with  how it complimented  the art piece.


“La Havre: Le Gran Quai” by Maurice de Vlaminck

Floral by Christine Anson/ S Finch Florist

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“Queen Anne Chair” by Robert Venturi

Floral by David Bovier / Ken Meisner’s Flowers


“The Sentinel at the Sultan’s Tomb” by Jean-Leon Gerome

Floral by Trisha Haislar/ Elegant Celebrations


“Long Live Love or Charming Country” by Max Ernst

Floral by Doug Wolter / Children’s Garden Club


“The Felixmuller Family” by Otto Dix

Floral by Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel/ Baisch and Skinner Wholesale Floral


“Portrait of a Woman” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Floral by Susan Schoedel/Freelance Designer


“Ewer in the Form of a Double Gourd with Design of Boys amidst Grapevines” ( small pitcher to the left)

Floral by Carol Eilermann/ Designers Guild Garden Club


“Portrait of a Lady” by Hans Mielich

Floral by  Ann Rabbitt/ Thorn Studio


“Untitled (mental map:Lost IV)” by Franz Akermann

Floral by July Blix / The Garden Guild

“Enforcer” by Alice Gibson

Floral by Carte Blanche Designers of District V, Garden Clubs of Illinois


“Woman’s Dress” by Wendy Red Star

Floral by Lee J. Martin / Freelance Designer


“Feasible #2” by Stuart Davis ( lower painting on the left)

Foral by  Dawn Ahner / Ahner Florist, New Baden, Il

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Floor Spread, Ottoman Period

Floral by  Catherine Thoele / Catherine Thoele  Florists


Figure of House with Figurines, Nayarit

Floral by Sara Ward / Wildflowers LLC


Mask (kplekple), Unidentified Baule Artist

Floral by Bob Hauck /  Walter Knoll Floris

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Last and least is my own  inspiration , not available at the Art Museum,  but only for viewings  in my home……

“Honfleur Harbor in Harmony” print by Elizabeth  Horowitz

Hyacinths lovingly  hand picked from my son’s yard without permission and arranged in my Grand-Grandmother’s  cut glass pitcher.



The  lobby of the  Art Museum was overtaken by beautifully  arranged  flowers and the scent  of spring for the event.

Hope you enjoyed my favorites.  If you are interested in the official  winners,  go to:       http://www.slam.org/news/?p=2626

Thanks for reading!!



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