“The earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I have always loved this quote. In a four-season state, there is nothing like the early Spring flowers poking their heads through the still-frozen soil and reaching toward the sun. So, when the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens posted an array of Spring flower planting pics on their Facebook site on Saturday night, I made an impromptu trip up to Heritage Park with my camera the following day to take a peek. I thought it would be fun to use this quote and the pics for Earth Day 2021. I also knew a snowstorm was predicted for mid-week, so there was no telling if those flowers would be bedraggled or dead, having been smooshed by the snow and ravaged by temps that had local meteorologists calling for a freeze warning for tender plants. As I write this post on Wednesday morning, we had several inches of snow and a ton of vehicle accidents. I was happy to stay indoors as the snow will melt with warmer temps tomorrow.
I’ll make this post brief as I’m bending my just-two-posts-a-week rule, but why not celebrate Mother Earth’s beauty?
I got to the Conservatory about 8:00 a.m. and the sky darkened and a few raindrops fell before I even opened the car door – grr! I waited for that big bad cloud to exit, then set out. Yay – the sky was blue here …
… but still looked a bit murky as I rounded the corner of the Heritage Park Petting Farm and through the parking lot of the Gardens.
The Weeping Apple blossoms, which vine entwines through the archway, were just beautiful. Here is how they looked from afar and up close.
I was serenaded the entire time by this Red-Winged Blackbird high up in the Conservatory structure.
The Spring plantings were in various container pots and will be replaced by colorful annuals once the temps warm up. There are plenty of perennials in the garden area and you may recall, this is a favorite venue for me to see butterflies and look for (but never find) hummingbirds.
These are a few of my favorite flowers from my Sunday morning visit – they are some of the colors of the rainbow, or at least the Crayola box
Enjoy Earth Day 2021 – I’ll try to walk this morning, but have no expectations since the temps dipped so low, so the slick roads and sidewalks take me right out of my comfort zone.