Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away.
from The Two Gentlemen of Verona
William Shakespeare was a pretty smart guy. He was absolutely right about April weather.
Last time I blogged, I wrote about lovely warm weather and spring tulips...then later that night we had a hail storm. And then the next morning, we had snow flurries! My poor tulips are wilted and crushed. That's springtime in Minnesota for you.
Luckily, I know just the place to run to when the weather refuses to cooperate with my need for warmth and sunshine. There's a lovely hothouse garden in Saint Paul, known as the Como Park Conservatory, which my husband and I visited recently on a date. I got some great photos that day, and I thought I'd share some of them with you on my blog. Here they are...
|This room in the Conservatory is called the Sunken Garden. The floral displays change seasonally. Here is the spring display in all its glory!|
|Lovely, undamaged tulips--insert sigh of envy here.|
|Getting in touch with my inner Georgia O'Keeffe...|
|I've seen pink hydrangeas before, and I've seen blue hydrangeas, but this is the first time I've seen a mix of pink and blue on one hydrangea!|
|This flower was lovely in living color, but I converted it to black and white to emphasize its many gorgeous layers of petals.|
|Moving on from the Sunken Garden, the rest of the Conservatory has a great collection of tropical plants. Ah, paradise!|
|I have no idea what this plant is called, but its color and shape are so eye-catching!|
|These yummy, sun-kissed oranges look like they should be in Florida or Italy, instead of Minnesota!|
That's it for today! I hope you've enjoyed your little tour of the Como Conservatory.