Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

A couple of weeks ago in Columbus Ohio-

IMG_6911You have to check your clothing in the mirror between the double doors as you enter and exit  the butterfly garden. Sometimes a butterfly will land on you! Such delicate and beautiful creatures.

Fairy Gardens at Franklin Park Conservatory

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Miniature gardens on display when I visited with Laura and Charlie and the Columbus Baby Wearing mothers and their kids.

The Schlumbergera Bloomed

Last night I was knitting the sleeves of Laura’s sweater, watching television and Steve came upstairs carrying the Schlumbergera-the species name of Christmas Cactus.  He bought it a couple of weeks ago at Whole Foods. Christmas Cactus. It had bloomed.  It had buds when he bought it. Flowering plants in winter appealed to him.

My mother kept a giant Sclumbergera, cascading out of a huge planter. She had a green thumb  but that gene skipped me

(What a name for this pretty plant-Is a single one a Schlumberger?)

When he brought it to show me the pink blossoms, I was flooded with memories of my mother and how thrilled she was when hers bloomed. I “get it” now. I’m sure I barely paid attention to her enthusiasm then. Pang.

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Wildflower Paintings on Beehives

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My artist friend Joan paints Pennsylvania Wildflowers on her beehives.  I learned there are different parts to a beehive. (see article link below)

Her bees were busy and didn’t want to be disturbed but Joan assured me she keeps an EpiPen in case I was allergic.

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IMG_0811Trying to photograph the hive without agitating the bees as the hive is tucked in between lush rhododendron.

One thing for sure, the bees will know which hive belongs to them and where to return

First she sketches onto the white super

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Blocking them out over the pencil sketches.

 

As you can see, Joan has painted lots of flowers onto things in her home, too.

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View from an artist’s studio

Joan’s garden provides for the bees.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of beekeeping and the parts of the hive, here’s an article A beginner beekeeper’s guide to the parts of a beehive.   by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com

 

Bluebonnet Season

We happened to hit it just right- Bluebonnet Season in Texas.  It would be a bummer to come before or just after they’d bloomed along the highways throughout the state.

We went to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. A public botanical garden in Austin, Texas.  Although they sell bags of wildflower seed, you are not encouraged to purchase it if you don’t live in the zone where the wildflowers will thrive.

Texas Wildflowers Index for identification and categorized by color is listed here

I’ll ask Ilix at Midwestern Plant Girl blog to help me identify the flowers properly because I went to the index and am thoroughly confused now as to what is what except for the lupinus– Bluebonnets

IMG_0486Rattlesnakes?   Yikes.  We did not see or hear any, thank goodness.

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bluebonnet photographer.jpgProfessional and family photographers capturing subjects posing in the bluebonnets.

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Making Eco Pots out of newspaper to plant seedlings.

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Mother of the Bride, my friend Joanne, in the butterfly chair.IMG_0454.JPGIMG_0461.JPGIMG_0455.JPGIMG_0452.JPGIMG_0473.JPGIMG_0459.JPGIMG_0500.JPGIMG_0472.JPGIMG_0472.JPGIMG_0467.JPGIMG_0449.JPGPink Evening Primrose

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Remember the bride Anna in the Bluebonnets with Champ?

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