Tag Archives: flowers

orchid.

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never 

in spite of all efforts

have i been able

to keep an orchid alive

somehow

in spite of a pot cracked 

on the very first day

and

fingers crossed

trying to care for it

this tiny orchid

has survived

 even thrived.

 a surprise new flower emerges.

 

“patience is the art of hoping.”

-luc de clapiers

lavender.

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what a wonderful afternoon

spent among the fields of lavender lane farm

at the lavender harvest festival

 live jazz played in the field

bouquets were cut to take

 soaps, and lotion, and oils purchased

a picnic

of freshly made french food

and lavender lemonade

 enjoyed with friends

 all while floating

on a wavy sea of purple.

“forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it”

-mark twain

peony.

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one of my favorite places to hike can be found right in the center of ann arbor, a place where i always return, the nichols arboretum. it’s a lovely, quiet, sweeping park where there is natural beauty to be found in any season. one of the most stunning displays is the blooming of the peony garden. unlike any i have ever seen.

the nichols arboretum peony garden is the largest public collection of historic (pre-1950) herbaceous peony cultivars in north america. the university and botanical gardens are currently in the process of rebuilding this historic garden to be an internationally significant, scientifically-documented and culturally interpreted living reference collection.

the garden, open since 1927, boasts more than 270 historic varieties of peony, cultivated in the 19th and early 20th centuries. nearly 800 plants are arranged in 27 beds at the arboretum’s peony garden, drawing flower lovers from across the region when they bloom each spring.

  • note – early morning and evening are when the peony fragrances are best.

“flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;

they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

-luther burbank


The Peony Garden
a project of
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum