Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Flowers of April - Wordless Wednesday

Spring has been so pretty this year. I have enjoyed more blooms than I have ever had at any one time. After working very hard the yard is in a neat place. Butterflies are abundant. Although it is beginning to really heat up here, the weather has been so pleasant. The biggest aggravation has been dealing with an abundance of lubber grasshoppers.  Of course I have the same plants that I have shown to you many times and you can probably tell me what they are all called so, I decided to make this a "Wordless Wednesday and very few words......

 

Bridal Wreath Spirea and red Salvia
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Salvia


 
Pincushion flower and Basil
 

 
 

 
Eyelash Begonia blossoms
 
 
 

 
A new White Plumbago
 

 
Penta
 

 
Outside wall hanging
 

 
Blooming Ginger bush
 

 
Yellow Bulbine


 
Florida Dogwood


 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Walking Iris
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I will be back soon with more spring flowers.
 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ribbit, The Exhibit.......

Last month some special visitors came to our local botanical gardens.  My friend, Deborah and I made a point of going to check them out because we had heard these visitors were going to be there and Deborah loves frogs........

 
 
 
This is the first one we spotted. He is Willie Fisher, one of twenty some larger than life, whimsical frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb out of Wilmington North Carolina.  They are available to be on temporary display at Botanical Gardens. This week they were visiting Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida.
 
 
 
If I had to pick a favorite I think it would be Willie, sitting here patiently waiting to catch something.
 
 
 
Here is Skully the Scuba Frog, standing in the Tropical Stream.
 

 
The frogs range from 5 to 7 feet tall, sculpted from copper and bear the natural patina color.
 

 
He is Marvin - the marvelous lawn mowing frog. Marvin might be tied with Willie for my favorite. I didn't learn who was responsible for positioning and placement of the frogs but whoever did it did a fantastic job. They all looked like they were made for the place they were in.
 

 
Marvin looks happy to be doing his part to keep the gardens groomed.
 

 
Here is Emerson, former bean tester for Starbucks.
 

 
By the look on his face I think the beans used for his cup of coffee passed the test.
 

 
This is Deborah standing with Fred and Ethel - the American frog gothics. And, would you look at the size of those cabbages!
 
 
 

 
 
Edwardo, the tree frog found the perfect limb on this tree.
 

 
He was just sitting here watching the leaves fall.
 

 
Diana the Huntress - Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon and birth.
 

 
He is Axel Grimm - the frog with the golden ball. He is from the fairy tale (Grimm and the Golden Ball) about the princess who would throw a golden ball into the air until one day she dropped it into a pond. The frog that found it was told he could have whatever he wished.  If I understand correctly, Axel came to Leu from where he resides at our local Dubsdread catering.  By the way, I don't know the rest of the fairy tale or I would tell you.
 

 
This is the Jazz Trio. I don't know much about them but they did tell me, "where words fail, music speaks".
 

 

 
 

 
 
 
Here we find Floyd and Grace, the dancers, a.k.a. Fred and Ginger. They were taking advantage of the music from the trio.
 

 
Sasha the dancer.


 
And, last but certainly not least, Cora, helping the garden grow!

 
It is growing quite nicely!
 
I have a picture of Freddie the Butterfly Boy but for some reason Freddie absolutely refused to upload to my blog.  He is in the folder with all the others but wouldn't budge. I tried five times. He had his big net and was in the butterfly garden. Maybe he is miffed because he didn't catch any butterflies. We missed seeing several frogs. We didn't have the brochure showing their locations.
 
I am glad Deborah, that you love frogs because I really did enjoy seeing the Ribbit Exhibit with you! I like these frogs.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Shelves Done For Spring.......


Here I am showing the shelves of the white desk once more. This is one place that I change for different seasons. I packed up most of what was on the three shelves for the after Christmas, winter look and brought out some spring-looking d├ęcor.


 
I failed to get a picture of all three shelves together. This is the top and middle. I had to use the flash and got a lot of shadows and not the best quality photographs.
 

 
This one shows the middle and bottom shelves. Some of the things will look familiar to some of you.  I almost always use open books here, turned to appropriate seasonal pictures.
 

 
One of the open books with a bird looking on.  Birds and bird nests are a favorite to put on display for spring.  This year I left out some of the smaller birds and chose some chunky ones.

 
I love this picture of the lady. She looks all decked out for Easter. Speaking of Easter, I did the least decorating for Easter this year than any time I can remember.  Seems like it just sneaked up on me until it was so late I felt like it wasn't worth the effort. Especially since I was not having anyone here for Easter.
 
 
 
And, here on the far right the moss basket with some simple ivy.  It seemed like the ivy fit in well with the look of the lady.
 

 
Here is most of what is on the middle shelf.
 

 
In the far left corner one of the fat birds. Some of you have seen it over and over.
 
 
 
In the middle the big S on some stacked books.  I manage to use the big S in most of the seasons. S is for my last name or for Spring.
 

 
She almost always keeps her place through most of the seasons, too. She is always dragging her basket but the contents of the basket changes. This time a big green butterfly and a hydrangea flower.
 

 
A new chunky bird in this corner.  He was a Christmas present this year. This  little blue bird looks cute here.
 

 
I use very little artificial plants/flowers but, this one seems to work well with the other things I have. And, here on the bottom is the other big bird.
 

 
The second open book showing a nice nest with eggs. In front of the book, one of my favorite bird nests.

 
In the far right corner a spring-like ball. It is hard to see the details and I don't know how to describe it so you could envision. Just take my word for it, it is neat and made me think of spring when I saw it in Michaels. Did you notice the two dragonflies on the book? I love dragonflies and I am seeing so many in my yard this year. You will be seeing pictures of some of those as time goes on.
 

 
This is not on the desk but is on a nearby table. I guess some would call these Easter eggs but for me they will represent spring and stay on for awhile after Easter.
 

 
I have quite a few Easter rabbits but he is one of the two that I got out this year.
 

 
And, this little pillow with a rabbit that my friend made for me is the other one.  You can see here a little bit of a small quilt I have been working on and plan to do a whole post showing details of it - when I get it finished. This is something I hope to work on after it turns too hot to be outside much.
 
I have mostly been spending my days outside lately, working in the yard and enjoying our beautiful spring. I have lots of yard pictures already made and will be showing some of those just as soon as I can get a post ready. 
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