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Music Monday ~ Garden Party

I know I just said this in my last post (apparently I like to repeat myself), but everything is a song.  Or, everything reminds me of a song.  And as I was preparing to share these following photos another old song came to mind.  But more on that later…

Another flower show I recently attended was called Garden Party: An Uncommon Floral Experience and was located inside a local shopping mall.  Because of the mall setting, the vibe was quite different than the flower show at the conservatory that I shared about the other day, but the displays and the flowers were absolutely gorgeous!

This display was ooo aah.  You can’t really tell how lovely it was from this picture, but there were two magnificent flower arrangements in tall vases on the table…

Another view

This one was my favorite setting, but again, the photo doesn’t truly capture…

The name of the mall is called the Galleria, which I imagine is the story behind the letter G in this next one.  And here’s me repeating myself yet again… but this photo can’t truly capture this display, it was HUGE and incredibly beautiful.  The G was created with various succulents and the combination of textures and colors was so cool.  I loved the orchids cascading down the one side and the roses on top…

Everything was teapots, cups and saucers themed…

But the flowers, of course, were actually the main theme for me…

I got excited when I found some lavender (my fave) mixed in.  Mmm…

I even picked up some of my seeds for my veggie garden while I was there…

I can’t wait to get planting! 🌱

I have more to share, but I think you’ve scrolled long enough. 😉 It was a lovely little garden party to attend, thanks for joining me!  Can you imagine this an as outdoor experience?  Dreamy! 😍

I can’t wait to spend time in my humble little gardening space!  But Spring sure is taking it’s sweet ol’ time getting here to Minnesota… we have 12- 18 inches of snow in the forecast for Wednesday through Friday this week.  Ugh.  Oh well, what can you do?  Can’t control nature. 🙃

 

And finally, here’s the song…

What can I say, I’m a child of the 70’s…

 

Happy Monday!  Wishing you a beautiful week! 😊

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Spring Flower Show

 

Vibrant colors

red, orange and yellow

a refreshing feast for the eyes

for the winter-wearied heart

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

I recently attended the 2019 Spring Flower Show at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory that is located near my house.  I try to make it to Como as often as I can, it’s a wonderful place, and the conservatory is especially refreshing to visit during the long winter months here.  Those of you who have been with me for a while may recall numerous posts about this place over the years.  Sorry, not sorry, for the repetitiveness, but I LOVE it there!

This year’s Spring Flower Show was dominated by tulips and was all about the reds and yellows.  I don’t always fancy those two colors in combination, but it was working for me this time.  It was so beautiful and such delight to see those bright, vibrant colors when things are so drab and dreary outdoors here right now.  Although there’s still beauty that can be found even in those muted tones, I’m really ready for some color.  Not to mention, the smell in there was absolutely amazing!  Too bad there isn’t a scratch and sniff App…

Feast yours eyes…

😍

There was also a touch of white mingled in with the addition of gardenia…

 

They also have a Fern Room at Como…

As well as an Orchid Room…

And even a Koi pond…

And this is all only a fraction of the beauty there.  As I said…  it’s a wonderful place!  I’m so grateful to have it so nearby!

Thanks so much for letting me share it with you.  Wishing all of you a beautiful, brilliant day!

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Lots of This…

Wishing you all lots of this today…

Well… not just today, but every day! 💕

I found my little stash of pressed flowers that I had packed away in an old box and thought I’d play around a bit arranging some flowery flat lays.  Some of these flowers are from gardens I had way back in the early 90’s!

I’d like to experiment doing more of this type of thing and maybe even try creating some mandalas using these old pressed flowers.  It’s snowing yet again today (huge, pretty flakes!), so finding creative indoor activities is always good. 😉

Thanks for letting me share, have a beautiful day, and Happy Valentine’s Day!  💘

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Mandala Monday – Apples

I’ve been craving all things apple lately, but haven’t had the chance to get to the orchard yet this fall due to the wet, rainy (and then snowy) weather we’ve been having here.  So I caved in the other day and went the boring route and bought some apples at a local store.  I’m feeling like some fresh baked apple crisp is in my near future…

I’ve also been feeling like creating a mandala with apples, so after the snow melted yesterday, I went out and did just that…

This one sort of reminds me of a wreath.

My sister was with me while I was making it, as she had driven down for the day.  I hadn’t really been ‘planning’ on making a mandala, but she helped me prune a few branches on the crab apple tree out on my boulevard that were hanging on the power lines attached to my house, and when I had noticed them earlier in the week I had had an idea for possibly using them in a mandala and I wanted to use the sprigs while they were ‘fresh’.  Thankfully we didn’t get electrocuted while we were at it.  😉 ⚡

We laughed a lot yesterday and it felt really wonderful.  She watched me as my mandala took form and felt my ‘glee’ (as she put it) when I discovered a few browning pieces of Cedar on my shrub, as they were just what I needed to brighten and provide a little contrast.  It was fun to have her out in the garden with me while I was making it.  We always have fun together.  My seester. ❤

So this one has joy mixed in it, along with some delicious little apples. Thanks for letting share!

 

 

Wishing you a joyful, delicious day!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Mandala Monday – Maple Leaves

The Maple trees are starting to turn here in the city!  I love all trees in the autumn (heck, I love all trees all the time), but the Maples especially capture my heart with their bright, vibrant colors.  🍁

I was out running errands the other day and came upon a stunning Maple tree.  It literally called out to me from across the road!  I love when nature interrupts the mundane with its beauty.  Half of its leaves were on the ground and the other half were still on the branches (that’s the best autumn tree viewing scenario, in my opinion), and I had to pull the car over and get out to bask in its beauty for a while.

It was drizzling and a bit nippy out (it’s been doing that a lot lately), but that only added to the autumny feel.  I must admit though, I’d really appreciate some sunny days to enjoy the autumn colors too, hopefully we get some soon.

I also collected a few of the leaves that were on the ground, so I could create a mandala with them…

I LOVE how this one turned out and really wish there was a way I could preserve it somehow.  But it’s its impermanence that adds to the appreciation of its beauty.  At lease I can take pictures.  😉

Here are a few I snapped during the process…

I can’t even describe how satisfying it is adding each layer and the little touches.  The process of creating a mandala truly is a satisfying journey.

 

And my little family joined in this time.  Once I finished mine (I prefer to be alone while I’m making them), my daughter and granddaughter came out to the garden and joined in.  Here is my (nearly 9 months pregnant) daughter working on hers…

She used mostly elements taken from my garden, along with a few autumn leaves.  Here’s her finished mandala…

And here’s my granddaughter working on hers…

And her “finished” mandala…

Her acorns though haha!  She’s such a dear heart! 💕

 

I just keep getting more and more ideas coming to mind for making these nature mandalas.  I wish I could fully convey how wonderfully rewarding and meaningful it is to create these.  Hopefully one day I’ll get back to painting them again too.

 

Wishing you a day of meaning and beauty…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Last Taste

 

On warm autumn days as the sun shines bright

it seems every blossom contains a bee

hungry for its last taste of summer’s nectar 

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2018

 

Over the past several days the bees have been busy, busy, busy in the garden gobbling up all they can.  I can almost feel their urgency.  I’ve really enjoyed watching them and trying to capture photos of them with my phone.  Yes, little bees, we must enjoy the last of summer’s blossoms while we can, as there’s a frost advisory in effect for tonight…

I’ve still got peppers growing out there so I imagine I’ll be ‘buzzing’ around with a bit of urgency myself harvesting them tonight after work.  Buzz buzzzz…

 🐝😊🐝

 

Wishing you beauty and joy…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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