Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Library Returns


Utility containers of all kinds have gotten new life when decorated as a part of public art on city streets.  My local branch library did a terrific job of brightening the book return box. Behind the readers using both book and kindle are downtown buildings: the Main Library, Landmark Center, 1st National Bank and other commerical buildings.

Linking to Signs, signs

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Orange is the new Mum


While shopping at Trader Joe's Saturday morning I stopped to admire the array of the many different colored mums on display.  I couldn't resist this shade; perfect color for my front steps to celebrate both autumn and Halloween. When I awakened to a light rain on Sunday morning the raindrops enhanced the perfect petals of each blossom on the plant.  So lovely!!~

Monday, October 16, 2017

Neighborhood Mural




These four details of a large mural depicts the neighborhood where DH, a friend and I had lunch last week.  It was a nice way to recognize the businesses and the residents, and a great way to decorate an older building.

Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My favorite neighbor!


What a joy it is to have St. Kate's for a neighbor!  I get to roam the campus, enjoying the beautiful flowers, the pond with its ducks, turtles and fountain plus the friendly students and inspiring faculty. I have also attended many performances and lectures in this spacious auditorium.


Located on the scenic main campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, The O’Shaughnessy has held a unique place in the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities as both an arts presenter and rental hall since 1970. The O’Shaughnessy is conveniently located between the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Canine Blossom


It's amazing what is found in planters these days!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Orchid


In order to grow a beautiful orchid plant like this, I guess I would have to volunteer at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.  Can't tell you how many orchids I have failed as they quietly led a quiet death.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Indian Burial Mounds-Good Fences


I have posted photos of the Indian Mounds in St. Paul before but since last Monday Columbus Day was officially recognized in our country, I think it is again appropriate to recognize the First Nation people in the United States, many of whom are still living in poverty with significant health problems. There is a movement in four cities to rename the day, Indigenous Peoples Day, which I think is very appropriate.  It is also important to redress many of the issues that have plagued the Indians and the abuses visited upon them by our own government.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Palms Provide


Part of the enjoyment of strolling through the various rooms at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park are the signs that provide information about the various blossoms, vegetation and plants.  To learn about the history of the conservatory, click here.

Linking to signs, signs

Monday, October 09, 2017

Mellow Yellow -Coral Reef


Fall colors take center stage at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s annual Fall Flower Show. This year’s show will feature hundreds of chrysanthemums, ornamental peppers, and ornamental grasses that will fill the Sunken Garden with a stunning array of red, orange, yellow, gold, green, bronze, and maroon. The tradition of the annual Fall Flower Show began in 1915 when the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory first opened.  Today, the Conservatory hosts five season annual flower shows.
The chrysanthemum flower has been known since before 5000 BC in a small yellow form. Ancient China and Japan both have tales explaining how the chrysanthemum originated. The Chinese who considered them the highest of flowers, named their royal throne after the flower.  Chrysanthemum flowers have traditionally been boiled in China to make “chrysanthemum tea,” used in folk medicine for influenza patients. In landscaping, chrysanthemums are valued for the fact that they bloom in fall.  Chrysanthemum flowers are also a favorite of florists for arrangements, due to the longevity of their blooms. Credit: Como Zoo and Conservatory site).

Monday, October 02, 2017

Theme Day, October 1, 2017-"Sensual"



One of my favorite shops in Mazatlán, México is owned by a family that uses animal hides to make masks and wall hangings.  I have one of a mermaid hanging in my bathroom.  Since it did not photograph well, I am using two other favorites of mine as my interpretation of "sensual."


Go here to see a gallery of sensual objects posted by other CDP bloggers.