Category Archives: Chicago Botanic Gardens

The Last Couple of Weeks

Hello, my friends!  How are you?

We’ve just wrapped up a beautiful springlike week.  We also had a gorgeous Easter weekend; it was just perfect weather.  After weather like that and a glance at the calendar I thought spring was here to stay.  But, Mother Nature is at it again, just started to snow on this April 27th morning!  They are predicting over 8″.  Yikes!  Not again!  Another snowman?  Maybe a snow girl this time?  BTW, that last snowman my husband and daughter built didn’t even last 24 hours.  Poor thing!  In case you missed seeing our snowman…

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Our pink magnolia tree is in full bloom.  I love these colors and it makes a pretty backdrop for photos.  Patience had her photo taken here in 2015.  Her photos are some of my favorites.

Gina, my Little Darling, is wearing an ensemble that is all rosy and lilac, the perfect colors to use in front of this magnolia tree.  I took her out during yesterday’s evening golden hour and quickly snapped a few photos of my gorgeous Gina.

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The day before Easter (Holy Saturday) my husband, daughter, and I visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Yes, again; we love it her so much–we have a membership.  This is my happy place.  When I am here I feel at peace.  Seriously, if given the opportunity I would move just to be as close as possible to the gardens.  Walking distance would be nice!

Unlike when we last visited the daffodils and magnolia trees were in full bloom.

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The tulips looked like they were almost ready (next time), although we did find a few in bloom.  I thought these pots of tulips/crocuses at the entrance to the English Walled Garden arranged on risers was nice.

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A garden that we’ve recently started visiting is the Enabling Garden. It is a hands-on teaching garden that encourages gardening for people of all ages and abilities.  Some of the beds were raised at the perfect level for a wheel chair to slide underneath.  I wish I had gotten a photo of these.  I thought that were genius.  I think the Enabling Garden is situated away from the natural flow of foot traffic, so is often very quiet and peaceful which I love.

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I have never seen a pansy like this before!  Isn’t is wonderful!

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My own pot of pansies has been brought into the sun porch so the poor things don’t get snowed on.  It’s still snowing, but not yet sticking to the grass or pavement; it won’t be long.  *ugh*

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend filled with sunshine and warm breezes.

Thanks for visiting with me today, my friends. ❤  Drop me a comment if you wish; I’d love to hear what you are up to.

 

 

 

This Past Week

Another week has come and gone… quickly.  We had some beautiful days this week; one of them even got into the 60s.  My daughter and I visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens on Wednesday.  Not too much was growing yet.  We saw lots of Snowdrops, a lone crocus, and a few iris reticulata.

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One of my favorite gardens is the English Walled Garden.  It has cozy spots to sit, sounds of trickling water (not yet though) and lots and lots of flowers sooner than later.  Today, you can see the architectural elements of this garden.  Oh, we found snowdrops and 3 tiny iris reticulate here too.

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I find the Japanese Garden inspiring, peaceful and beautiful.  It is on a manmade 2-island plot which is connected with 2 different bridges.  Cherry blossoms as well as lilac rhododendron will soon be in bloom in this garden.

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On Thursday I walked around our yard to see what I could see.  The crocuses are fully in bloom.  The magnolia buds look to be plumping up.

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Dolly news!  I bought a new Ann Estelle to dress one of my new outfits in.  The other outfit is being worn by my Ann Estelle model.  One 10″ AE (I have Sophie) is enough for me, so my doll will accompany this ensemble.  These are for my brother-in-law’s wife’s good friend.  Her and her husband generously put us up this past summer for a family reunion.  I was so touched by her hospitality; she didn’t even know us and was very welcoming.  I think these will be decorating the bedrooms of her little granddaughters.

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I am still working on a set of hat knitting patterns (one written pattern–4 hats) for 4″ Amelia Thimble and Pukipuki.  I want to test them out first.  It’s been so long since I started writing the pattern; I want to make sure that it all makes sense.

I wish you all a beautiful weekend.  I’m afraid this next photo sums up ours, weatherwise.  Not quite a big snowfall (I hope), though flurries with lots of wind is forecast.

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Thank you for stopping by, my friends! ❤

Goings On

Happy Friday to everyone!  The calendar says spring has arrived even if the weather is not acting accordingly.

My husband and I strolled though the Chicago Botanic Gardens this past week.  There’s not too much growing, but a lot of work was being done on the gardens.  The snowdrops are blooming on many hillsides, and I saw some tiny purple scilla here and there.

All around was peace and promises of what is to come.  These botanic gardens have always fed my soul, and even at this time of year was no exception.

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Two weekends ago we attended the orchid show at the gardens.  The greenhouses were adorned with orchids!  There was beauty everywhere, however, when I saw these giant parasols hanging from the ceiling my heart skipped a beat.  The colors of these giant beauties against the blue sky… simply amazing.

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I completed three more dresses for my Operation Christmas Child 2018 shoeboxes this week.  I now have a total of eight!  I made these three dresses in tandem, so the steps were batched.  I think they got more quickly, but it seemed like more “work” as I tended to get tired of doing one thing three times, or six times as in the case of armholes or straps.

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The middle dress is made with blue oxford cloth and a yellow gingham pocket.  The dress on the right has teeny tiny salmon colored stars printed on ivory with the bottom fabric in reverse.

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Alice, my beautiful Little Darling painted by Nelly Valentino, keeps me company while I sew in my studio.

I hope you have a lovely weekend, and maybe some springlike weather where you live.  Thanks for visiting with me, my friends.

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