TULIP FESTIVAL, Holland, Michigan 2018

May 4, 2018

Prepare for tulip overload as I retrace my favorite  steps  from the 2018 Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan.  Holland  was  settled  by  Dutch immigrants  in  1847 and today  it is a beautiful, unbelievably clean town that was fun to visit and explore.

These are Blue Grape Hyacinths, smaller then the more common hyacinths but every bit as pretty.  I found these in plentiful supply along with the tulips and feel in love with them .

The breeze was picking up and the tulips danced.

Bird of the day – the red-winged blackbird.

This being my first visit, I soon  realized  that  Michigan  has a  lot of marsh land.  Huge areas of  marsh grass are  dead and dried up in heaps from the winter now, but there are  small signs of regrowth.  These dead  heaps, however,  are  alive with bird activity and entertainment, especially from the red-winged blackbird and the purple martins.

Another part of nature I enjoy are interesting looking trees, or  more so in this case, creepy looking trees.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ”   by John Muir

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COME SMELL THE HYACINTHS AND HEAR THE PURPLE MARTINS SING, SPRING 2018

April 28, 2018

It is finally spring and the Missouri Botanical Gardens is once again blooming with color and aroma.  I could smell the hyacinths   and hear the birds singing throughout the park .    If you are a tulip fan, you need to get to the park  soon, as about half of the tulips are already spent.  Here is a sample of what you can see…..

 

 

Bird of the day – Purple martins – who love the condo  life and to entertain the humans, and themselves, with activity and endless song.    The male is a dark purple color and the other a juvenile.   After watching and listening to them at the gardens, I realized I needed a purple martin house in my backyard.

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Happy Spring!!!!

BEAUTIFUL SPRINGTIME 2015 at MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDENS

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Hurry! Hurry! Get to the Missouri Botanical Gardens !

April 15, 2015

Spring is in full bloom at Mo Bot and  it is beautiful !!!    But the spring blooms won’t last for long so hurry and go soak up  the colorful, tranquil,  picture-postcard views and wonderful fragrances  all over the gardens.   Here is just a small sampling…..

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Some people are just overwhelmed with the beauty….

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I love wild  looking trees.

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Lesson of the daffodil – even if you are

out-numbered, hold your head high.

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MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDENS TULIP TIME AND A SURPRISE, ST. LOUIS, MO

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May 28, 2014

Tulip time at the Missouri Botanical Gardens  has already come and gone but  maybe this posting  can help you with some ideas for your garden next spring.     I hope you enjoy my  Mo Bot  tulip photos and then go see the surprise that lives in the Climatron……..

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What is that?

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SURPRISE!  from one of the geckos that resides in the Climatron …..and  also …..

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this Silver Beaked Tanager ( who also lives in the Climatron)   is very friendly if you bring him bird seed .

Go visit them soon!

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