Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 27, 2014

A few sights from this weekend accompanied by a few quotes from an article, “Beyond the Harvest: Five Ways Gardens Support Your Health” in…

“The garden possesses a rhythm tied to the weather and the seasons, and a connection to all living things, including other people.” Jill Metzler Patton

Who's picking the petals?

Who’s picking the petals?

It's...

It’s…

Babyzilla! And it's ok, tulip petals are pretty fun to pick and examine!

Babyzilla! And it’s ok, tulip petals are pretty fun to pick and examine!

“Tiptoeing through the tulips to reach the hedge beyond improves balance and coordination, while lunging and extending to prune or weed brings increased flexibility.” Jill Metzler Patton

Sunrise on the Missouri River

Sunrise on the Missouri River

A Horse

A Horse

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden

The Spy practiced a bit of photography this weekend...

The Spy practiced a bit of photography this weekend…

And got these two great shots of a skink in our yard:

Skink (taken by the Spy)

Skink (taken by the Spy)

“For many of us, a kind of magic arises in the garden.” Jill Metzler Patton

Skink (taken by the Spy)

Skink (taken by the Spy)

Usually skinks are pretty skittish, so it is pretty cool he got in that close!

Twisty vines on a tree (in Babler State Park)

Twisty vines on a tree (in Babler State Park)

A drizzly drive through Babler State Park

A drizzly drive through Babler State Park

My favorite quote, once more…

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden

A Pineapple, Ring-Necked Snake, Toad and Some Herbs

No ordinary pineapple

No ordinary pineapple

A very fancy pineapple

A very fancy pineapple

Grip the base of the stem and twist and it pops right off...

Grip the base of the stem and twist and it pops right off…

Peel off several of the base layer of leaves...

Peel off several of the base layer of leaves…

Cut all the pineapple flesh away from the base and let it dry out for a day or two, then put in a jar of water comme ca:

And hopefully it will root!

And hopefully it will root!

It can then be potted and it will grow a whole new pineapple!

This is a painting of a pineapple I did a few years ago, it is one of my favorites. It hangs in our dining room.

This is a painting of a pineapple I did a few years ago, it is one of my favorites. It hangs in our dining room.

I painted this pot last year: reminiscent of the painting, don't you think?!

I painted this pot last year: reminiscent of the painting, don’t you think?!

In bringing out this and other pots, I came across…

Some seeds we saved. From left: marigolds, lime basil and Wade's Giant Indian corn

Some seeds we saved. From left: marigolds, lime basil and Wade’s Giant Indian corn

Making our way out to the garden…

It feels a little like...

It feels a little like…

stepping into...

stepping into…

a French impressionist painting.

a French impressionist painting.

But don’t be fooled!

There's a fierce...

There’s a fierce…

battle in progress!

battle in progress!

He doesn't stand a chance!

He doesn’t stand a chance!

Sneak (or Snake?) Attack!!!

Sneak (or Snake?) Attack!!!

Yellow Belly Defeated! (aka gently placed back in the garden)

Yellow Belly Defeated! (aka gently placed back in the garden)

And who's this?

And who’s this?

Monsieur Toad

Monsieur Toad

Evicted from his home (Sorry! I was turning over the dirt in the back nine!) but relocated by the Spy to the strawberry patch.

Evicted from his home (Sorry! I was turning over the dirt in the back nine!) but relocated by the Spy to the strawberry patch.

A lovely new home for Monsieur Toad.

A lovely new home for Monsieur Toad.

There are loads of seedlings popping up everywhere.

There are loads of seedlings popping up everywhere.

I believe the seedling pictured above is Orach, but I have planted so many things I’ve mostly forgotten what was planted where. But I’ll know just what they are when they grow up!

Definitely tulips ;)

Definitely tulips ;)

Our tulips are not quite as exciting as those we saw a few days ago at the Missouri Botanical Garden but still have a ton of personality. I’ve planted the herbs we bought while visiting the botanical garden, here are a few:

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

Curry (yes, smells JUST like curry!)

Curry (yes, smells JUST like curry!)

Grey Santolina (which I bought thinking it was Summer Savory: are they the same?)

Grey Santolina (which I bought thinking it was Summer Savory: are they the same?)

Variegated Fringed French Lavendar

Variegated Fringed French Lavender

I also bought Rue (the purchased plant is not pictured here) but noticed it looks strikingly similar to:

This plant (weed) which is all over the yard. I wonder if they are the same thing?

This plant (weed) which is all over the yard. I wonder if they are the same thing?

I would like to start utilizing all the edibles (dandelion greens, purslane, clover, etc.) in all this grass:

April 26, 2014

April 26, 2014

Spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Prepare for your retinas to be seared with awesomeness. Spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden…

Spring!

Spring!

Many beautiful varieties of tulips.

Many beautiful varieties of tulips.

Tulips are Spy Garden's official favorite flower.

Tulips are Spy Garden’s official favorite flower.

The petals are edible (I've heard)...

The petals are edible (I’ve heard)…

They certainly look...

They certainly look…

scrumptious!

scrumptious!

Like candy!

Like candy!

Spy Sister (aka Aunt Spy) and I enjoyed tiptoeing through the tulips and…

The many sculptures in the garden.

The many sculptures in the garden.

Twisty Twirly

Twisty Twirly

Some are more modern...

Some are more modern…

Some more classical...

Some more classical…

I love these sheep sculptures.

I love these sheep sculptures.

And this angel is another favorite.

And this angel is another favorite.

The Linnean House is the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi.

The Linnean House is the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi.

Detail inside the Linnean House

Detail inside the Linnean House

And outside the Linnean House

And outside the Linnean House

There are many old and huge trees at the garden…

Many different textures...

Many different textures…

This one reminds me of an elephant.

This one reminds me of an elephant.

This one's sort of creepy.

This one’s sort of creepy.

Polka Dots

Polka Dots

Spiral Tree (and more sculpture!)

Spiral Tree (and more sculpture!)

Spring "Confettti" is Everywhere

Spring “Confettti” is Everywhere

Pretty Trees

Pretty Trees

Trees with big sweeping branches

Trees with big sweeping branches

Pink Dogwood

Pink Dogwood

Looks like a Fairy's House

Looks like a Fairy’s House

Same House, Different View

Same House, Different View

Phlox Moss (say that three times fast)

Phlox Moss (say that three times fast)

We also visited…

The St. Louis Herb Society Sale

The St. Louis Herb Society Sale

We have loads of herbs in Spy Garden but I was looking for some unique varieties…

Two types of eucalyptus were among my finds!

Two types of eucalyptus were among my finds!

Spy Sister got some too!

Spy Sister got some too!

Back in the garden, we skipped the

Climatron

Climatron

(since it was too pretty to go indoors!)

We interpreted some...

We interpreted some…

more sculpture...

more sculpture…

A Perfect Spring Day at the Garden!

A Perfect Spring Day at the Garden!

To learn more about the Missouri Botanical Garden click here!