Saturday, April 5, 2014

Something Beginning with L - P52 and 52 Week Photo Challenge 2014 - Week 14

This week the photography theme was "Something Beginning with L." As I looked back on photos I had taken, I came across quite a few from the Macy's Flower Show in Minneapolis. This year's theme was "The Secret Garden."

As we did last year, Sophia, Olivia, and I took my mom to see the show. There are so many landscaping ideas as one looks at the wide variety of flowers, shrubs, trees, topiaries, and hardscapes. For my mom, who is in a wheelchair and blind at this point in her life, the smell of the flowers along with a verbal description is what made the show so delightful for her. 

One of the many landscapes at the flower show.
This one was the "English Cottage" display.

I particularly liked the English cottage garden where there was a wooden wheelbarrow, hat, gloves, and hoe among the planted flowers. It looked like someone was taking a break from planting the yellow tulips, and would be returning soon.

The horse head topiary was another feature that we all liked. It would be interesting to see if we could create garden sculptures like that at our farm.  

One of many bright, colorful flowers at the flower show.

The variety of flowers within each themed garden was delightful. The overwhelming smell of spring was invigorating and mood-lifting. After such a long, difficult winter with over 135 days below zero, smelling the scent of spring - especially the hyacinths - was needed and enjoyed. 

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