Monthly Archives: July 2006

A Rose By Any Other Name…

7-7-2006 10-08-23 AM 0027a

Or a lovely Oriental Lily…

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Spent a rare vacation morning at the Como Zoo and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory located in St Paul. The zoo was the popular destination for most of the anxious visitors, with busload after busload of daycare kids being led in long lines of yellow t-shirts, red t-shirts and blue t-shirts. We laughed as we watched them being led about in their hand-holding, zig-zagging lines. Just glad I wasn't one of the chaperones. (These poor folks looked bedraggled even before entering the zoo!)

We were the first to arrive at the Conservatory as they opened the doors. Compared to the chaotic throngs of people milling about waiting for the zoo to open its door at 10am, the Conservatory was quiet and very peaceful. The fragrances were sumptuous – the various flowers smelling as gorgeous as they looked.

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Can you smell it?

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More photos to come….

R.I.P., Dear Sunflower

Sunflower RIP

January 2006 – July 2006

Cut down before your time by a villainous gang of rodents or a deer with a case of the midnight munchies.

Your sunny smile and sweet disposition will be missed.

One Person’s Weed is Another Person’s ‘Art’…

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The garden hasn't gotten as much attention as it needs due to other daily projects (read: work). Witness this beautiful Dandelion skeleton. While I'm sure garden purists would turn their nose up at the sight of this white ghost, I am THRILLED to have the opportunity to observe and photograph it up close. One person might see this as a weed. Me? I truly believe it is a work of art.

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