Squirl's Nest

Monday, May 07, 2007

Birthday trip

I finally uploaded all of my pictures so I have no excuse to put off posting any more.

Last week Monday was my birthday. I love the flowers at the Frederick Meijer Garden, though I only usually go in March when the butterfly show is going. But there are still lots of orchids and now there are outside flowers, too.

So, here are some pictures from the day. If you want to see the whole set you may go here

It always starts in the desert house.

Then there was this cool flower.

I love the pitcher plants.

Of course, here are the orchids. Remember, you can click on any of these pictures, choose All Sizes, and see them in the larger version.

Then I went outside.

Then, on the way out I decided I needed to photograph this one. There's a guy named Dale Chihuly who makes beautiful glass art. There was a full exhibition there a few years ago. I'm assuming this is a permanent piece now. This one's really worth a peak at the large size.

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Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Preety preety flowers!

Mon May 07, 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

As always your pictures are just gorgeous. I like the lime green one, well it looks lime green from here.

Mon May 07, 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, thanks, leetle seestor.

Nina, I hadn't thought about it, but it sure looks lime green, doesn't it? Thanks!

Mon May 07, 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

These are breathtaking. I would like to go to such a place. One of these days.

Mon May 07, 08:18:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Susie, I would love to take you there some day! Thanks!

Mon May 07, 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

I cant say I have a favorite. Theya are all beautiful. Again you are a wonderful photographer. We have a bontanical garden here in town. Its small but does the trick. There is another one bigger but I cant remember exactly where.

Tue May 08, 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

It was a pretty trip...


Tue May 08, 08:49:00 AM  
Blogger MOMKISS2U said...

Way cool flowers. Nothing like that growing in my backyard in Ohio. I am very jealous and filthy dirty trying to take care of my simple daylillies and marigolds!

Tue May 08, 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Wow, Squirl. I just looked at the full set on Flickr and I see that you picked out the best of the best for your blog post.

I was really struck by the lime green/green orchid in front of the wooden wall (cabinet?). It is just so striking and the wood carving in the background is just subtle enough to lend it an extra artistic flair without being overpowering. Really really nice. Definitely frame-able.

I also love the outside flower that is yellow and pink. Do you know what those were? They remind me of peonies, but it seems too early in the season for peonies.

Thank you for all of the flowers. They are just gorgeous and really brightened my morning. :-)

Tue May 08, 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Tweety, thank you. I'm glad you guys also have a botanical garden so close. I sometimes forget how lucky I am to have loads of places to go within, maximum, three hour's drive. There's Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. Plus, the lakeshore here is nice, too.

JDR, thank you so much. I always appreciate your stopping by and commenting. I know how very busy your life is.

Momkiss2u, I just checked out your site. Sounds like you have plenty of cool things growing in your yard. And it's no wonder you're filthy, what with your hubby ordering 5 yards of black mulch.
Thanks for stopping by!

Danielle, yes, I like that cabinet, too. I think it's Victorian era. I think the yellow and pink flowers are double tulips. It is too early for peonies. My stuff at home blooms later than in Grand Rapids, because we're cooler in the spring and summer. But they're not even ready yet.
I'm so glad you enjoyed my pictures today. :-D

Tue May 08, 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Our leaves are just starting to leaf out, so it'll be awhile before we have anything blooming.

Tue May 08, 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, tshsmom! You still have all of the blossoms to look forward to. :-)

Tue May 08, 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Okay, I need ALL of those orchids for my own personal collection.

Tue May 08, 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

What gorgeous colours. Lovely. Chihuly's stuff blows my mind. Was this the place where he did a show and placed his glass work throughout the flowers? I saw a docu on that.

Tue May 08, 08:55:00 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

Oh, Squirl, that was good for what ails the soul. Thank you so much. When you come to DC, I'll show you our botanical gardens, too.

Wed May 09, 07:14:00 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Very beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Wed May 09, 08:23:00 AM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

Georgia O'Keefe herself would be impressed by these photos.

Wed May 09, 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

Squirl, you should read William's post today. It's about squirrels. Happy squirrels.

Wed May 09, 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Courtney's the only person I know, who shoplifts at the botanical garden! ;)

Wed May 09, 03:07:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

I can't believe I missed your birthday! And it's the same day as my brother, so that must surely mean you're truly my sister... and I missed your day and I'm sorry. These are stunning photos -- AGAIN!! You have a wonderful eye for floral photogragphy, IMO. Glad you had a nice day for your birthday -- many, many happy returns!!!

Wed May 09, 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Courtney, I think I'll just visit them, rather than try to take care of them. :-)

Kranki, I know that Chihuly had a big show here, but I'm not sure if it's the one you heard about. His stuff is really amazing.

htgt, that would be really cool!

Laurie, you're so very welcome.

Bone, thanks! ;-)

Susie, thanks! I'll have to go check it out.

tshsmom, that one made me chuckle. :-)

Eclectic, you've been busy. I don't know how you have time to keep track of anything these days. That's cool that I share a birthday with your brother. Thanks, I'm glad you liked the photos.

Wed May 09, 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger Daddy D said...

just amazing!

- Jon
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Thu May 10, 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Jon!

Thu May 10, 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

>>tshsmom said...

Courtney's the only person I know, who shoplifts at the botanical garden! ;) <<

Don't think I wouldn't!! They'd never notice if I just divided a little off the root clump... :P

Thu May 10, 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I KNEW I'd get a response out of Courtney! *giggle*

Fri May 11, 08:10:00 PM  

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