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May. 18th, 2017 08:13 am
lizziebelle: (fox)
As usual, we've gone straight from cold to hot. Last week I was wearing hoodies, this week I'm digging for summer clothing and installing my a/c unit. It's supposed to hit 90° today. I got an air quality alert on my phone, even. Oy. At least it's supposed to cool down again by next week.

I went to the Arnold Arboretum the other day to enjoy the lilacs at their peak. A lot of other people had the same idea! They actually cancelled Lilac Sunday this year because the weather was rainy & windy; it didn't end up as stormy as forecast, but it still wouldn't have been a fun day for festivities.

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The lilacs were, as always, spectacular. I also took in the shrub & vine garden, and the bonsai collection. Bonsai! )

Even the birds love the lilacs.

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I'm glad I made it there before it got too hot out.
lizziebelle: (fox)
I have been in dire need of some spring, so on my way back from mom's today, I stopped at the Arnold Arboretum, hoping to find some signs.

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The sun had disappeared, but it was still fairly mild. I found snowdrops popping up beneath the bare trees, and most of the snow was gone. One adorable little girl in a princess dress found the trees irresistible.

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signs )

By then, it had started raining lightly so I headed back to the car and home. My spirit has been lifted by the little signs of spring I found in one of my favorite places. Hopefully spring will come for real, and soon!

lilacs!

May. 17th, 2015 12:14 pm
lizziebelle: (fox)
I wanted to see (and smell!) the lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum before they were gone, so on Friday I headed over there, joined by my friend W, who lives not far from me. It wasn't the sunniest of days, but it was pretty nice, and the lilacs were amazing as always.

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I can still smell them... )

It was a fun excursion. I don't miss living in the city, but I do miss being near the Arboretum.
lizziebelle: (fox)
I popped into the Arnold Arboretum yesterday, on my way to mum's. It's only a little out of the way, and I was craving trees and signs of spring. There is still plenty of snow on the ground, but there were bare patches, and several signs of spring, 'though we're at least two weeks behind where we were last year at this time.



More! )

It was a pretty nice day, almost warm with sunshine and soft breezes. It was just the ticket.

Lilacs!

May. 11th, 2014 03:48 pm
lizziebelle: (fox)


The lilacs, like everything else, are a little late this year. Today is Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum, but as I prefer to avoid crowds, I planned a visit for yesterday instead. I invited everyone and anyone to come along, but the only ones who were able to make it were Peg, Ken, and Ken's sister Carol. The rain ended, the sun eventually came out, and the lilacs were glorious!









My favorites, the deep purple lilacs, weren't quite ready to bloom yet. But there were plenty of lilac, pink, and white blooms perfuming the air with their intoxicating scent.

There were lots of other lovelies as well. You can click the arrows on the pix to scroll through the lot of them!
lizziebelle: (fox)

crisp, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Yesterday was another spectacular Saturday here in the frozen north, and as I was debating where I wanted to go to enjoy the day, the Arnold Arboretum popped into my head. I love that place, but it's an hour drive and I really didn't want to drive that far. But I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to go more, so I hopped in the car and made the trek into Boston.

I'm oh so glad I did! flowers! wildlife! )



Just before I left, I posted on Facebook where I was heading and invited folks to meet me there if they so desired. [livejournal.com profile] bettyw answered the call, but I didn't get her message until I had walked all the way through the park and back, so we met up at the visitor center and went to JP Licks for ice cream. I can't even remember the last time I was there, so that was a fun treat.

By then it had started clouding up and getting windy anyway, so I was glad I got there when I did so I could enjoy the sunshine along with hundreds of other people out enjoying the bounty that is the Arboretum.

In a month and a half there will be lilacs there, and I intend to go back and enjoy them thoroughly. Any and all are welcome to join me, so locals let me know if you want to join the expedition!

This taste of spring was just what I needed. It's been such a long winter.

lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

alight, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today's urban nature walk was at Bussey Brook Meadow Urban Wild, which is part of the Arnold Arboretum. Led by [livejournal.com profile] urbpan, only two others showed up, but we had a very nice ramble. We saw lots of interesting insects and wildflowers, snails, birds, and fungi.

the pictures )



It's been a while since I've been to the Arboretum, so I was glad to see parts of it I've never seen. It's been one of my favorite places for over 20 years. I used to live right down the street from it, and have spent a lot of time there. It's where I first became interested in nature photography.

I took a nap this afternoon, because I've been unable to sleep in this weekend, and I had the most intense, cinematic dream. It featured a homicidal, shape-shifting female cop. I had to write the whole thing down when I woke up, because it really was like a little movie. Except I didn't get to see the ending, because I woke up. I guess I'll have to write it.

lilac love

May. 2nd, 2010 07:14 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)

lilac lane, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I ended up going to the Arboretum this morning, and it was wonderful. The weather was great: warm, sunny, beautiful. The lilacs (and everything else) were amazing. The place was packed with people of all stripes enjoying the lilac loveliness. As soon as I came around the corner the scent hit me, and it was intoxicating.

OMG, look at the lilacs! )



The variety was as dizzying as the scent. What a wonderful place. I used to live about a mile from there. On days like this, I do miss living there.

I then went to visit mum, and Willow dropped in to see me. My sister is mad at me for not going to Willow's presentation at church; oh, well. It was worth it to see those lilacs. :)

lilac love

May. 2nd, 2010 07:14 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)

lilac lane, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I ended up going to the Arboretum this morning, and it was wonderful. The weather was great: warm, sunny, beautiful. The lilacs (and everything else) were amazing. The place was packed with people of all stripes enjoying the lilac loveliness. As soon as I came around the corner the scent hit me, and it was intoxicating.

OMG, look at the lilacs! )



The variety was as dizzying as the scent. What a wonderful place. I used to live about a mile from there. On days like this, I do miss living there.

I then went to visit mum, and Willow dropped in to see me. My sister is mad at me for not going to Willow's presentation at church; oh, well. It was worth it to see those lilacs. :)

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