Are memories ...
Memories of a breathtakingly beautiful garden nestled
amidst skyscrapers ... the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park ...
first seen in the late afternoon light of
an already happily memorable Friday ...
And revisited on a Sunday morning because once
just wasn't enough ...
just wasn't enough ...
And even glimpsed through a gap in the window of
the Art Institute of Chicago (another venue that left me
breathless and in tears from the beauty I saw there)
But the most cherished memories I brought home
with me are of spending time with so many wonderful garden
bloggers, who share my love of gardens and words. Pictured here
are Elizabeth from Gardening While Intoxicated and Garden Rant,
who is spearheading next year's event in Buffalo, New York; Carol of
May Dreams Gardens in Indianapolis, the sponsor of Garden
Bloggers' Bloom Day; Leslie of Growing A Garden in Davis, one of 3 Californians
to make the trip; and the Head Gardener here on my corner of Katy.
Many thanks to Chicagoan Mr. McGregor's Daughter, who said yes when last year's Spring Fling organizers asked her if Chicago garden bloggers could host the 2009 event ... mille grazie, Barbara! And thank you to the Chicago Spring Fling committee for all they did to make the weekend so special.
Carol, May Dreams Gardens
Thank you SO much for the poppy seeds! When I plant them next year, I'll be sure to send a picture of them in bloom, provided I am successful with these beauties that many times snub their nose at me.
Which type of poppies are these again?
I'm glad you were able to make time to see it!
Gail, as I was making my way home Monday, I realized that I'd hardly had any time at all with you! I do hope the Executive Producer and I can make a trip to Nashville over the summer ... we'll make up for lost time!
Rose, you must go back to Chicago and get pictures of the Lurie in the fall for all of us who don't live closer! I'm so happy to have met you. Since I live on a Texas prairie, I look forward to reading your blog and comparing our experiences!
Kylee, I wish we'd had more time to visit, too. I look forward to doing it next year! The poppies are pink Papaver somniferum. I call them Opie-M poppies! We usually sow them in late fall/early winter but I would imagine you could scatter them now. I hope they make, as we Southern gardeners say, and I look forward to pictures of them in bloom!
Christopher, I enjoyed visiting with you on the bus. Tell Ani that she must let me know if she visits her relatives in Katy! I envy you being able to grow those beautiful Baptisia. I expect to see pictures of them blooming outside Clyde!
Jean, you were a great strolling buddy and I'm glad we got to see so many beautiful sights together! I'll look forward to your visit to Houston!
EAL, to stand in front of a Monet and know that he stood in such a spot and studied the painting, moving back and forward again, then off to the side, thinking and considering ... knowing that I'm echoing his movements and thoughts in my own small way hits me very powerfully each and every time.