Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Garfield Park Conservatory - Indianapolis

Every winter, usually in February right after Valentine's Day, I go and spend a week or two with the kids and grandkids.  This winter it was bitterly cold, our septic system froze, and then the kids got a snowstorm which delayed my trip by another day.  The weather was pretty cold and snowy most of the week I was in Indianapolis so we just hung around the house a lot.  This was fine with me as my main reason in going there was to spend time with the grand kids.  But we did do a couple of fun things, one of which was a visit to the Indianapolis' conservatory.  I LOVE to go to conservatories in the middle of winter!  I love walking in and feeling the warmth and sunshine, and seeing all the beautiful plant life.  It is something I try to do every single winter.

The conservatory is 10,000 square feet and is home to hundreds of tropical plants from throughout the world.  I loved these tall banana tree plants gracing each side of the entrance to the conservatory.

My daughter is an avid houseplant collector and she enjoyed seeing and identifying all of her houseplants at the conservatory.

We all marveled at all the color in the dead of winter, and how even though the conservatory consisted of mostly green plants, there was color everywhere!

There were so many beautiful green plants that bloomed and provided the brightest, prettiest flowers!

Of course the orchids were the star of the conservatory, as they are in almost every conservatory I have ever visited.

There are several ponds inside the conservatory and to my grandchildren's delight, each one was stocked with beautiful koi.

I love the sharp fronds of this Palm leaf.

Color in the conservatory isn't just provided with flowers, but with colorful foliage of many of the plants.

A beautiful, bright red Hibiscus.

How often do you see a neon bright pink plant like this?

This is a "Powder Puff Tree"...very appropriately named in my opinion.

The purple flowers of this chartreuse green plant remind me of spiders.

Potted orchids with a background of a tall fern.

I love the interesting flower of this plant.

The long cascades of sphagnum moss provided a beautiful contrast to the other plants.

This pathway of bamboo amazed me.  Knowing the root system of this plant, I was surprised to see it planted indoors and wondered how it was not lifting up the bricks?

At the far end of the conservatory is the largest, and most beautiful pond and fountain.  I liked how they had chairs in front of it so you could comfortably sit and enjoy it for a few moments.

Of course, the grandkids were mostly interested in the Koi again! 😀

Look at this beautiful flower.  Isn't it amazing?  The color and detail are just so striking.  It's hard not to believe in a Creator when you see such incredible magnificence like this.

The colorful plant below the flowering shrub really amazed my daughter Ashley and I, because we've both tried this as a houseplant and had difficulty with it.  We could not believe how large this plant could get.

Love these statues by another pond.  I like how they are looking into the water.  So sweet.

Such a pretty water plant.  The chartreuse color is amazing!

This beautiful purple bloom was on a shrub.

This plant is called "Pitcher Plant"....another very aptly named plant!

Gorgeous leaves of a banana tree.

Colorful blooms and interesting foliage were abundant in the conservatory. 

Doesn't this tree have an interesting shape?

This flowering shrub reminded me of the flower one would see on a Vibernum bush, although I've never see one so orange before.

Another one of God's masterpieces.

A Calla Lily in front of that same houseplant (Crotan) that my daughter and I both found difficult to grow.  Just look at the size of it!  Oh my, how I would love to get a Crotan plant this size.  It would look fabulous in my sunroom.

We could not believe the size of this leaf, so we had Alethea put her on it for comparison.  So amazing and beautiful, isn't it?

Unfortunately, masks were required to tour the conservatory.  You also had to make an appointment to enter and traffic in the conservatory was one way only.   Admission is only $2.00 per person, and children under two are free.  The park is located in Garfield Park in Indianapolis.  They also have a sunken garden outside the conservatory, but obviously we couldn't see it in the winter.  Park hours are Monday - Saturday 10 - 5 and Sundays 1 - 5.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ageless Style - Earth Tones

Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women "over a certain age".  Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme.

In honor of Earth Day this month, Cammi picked the theme "Earth Tones".  Earth tones are browns, tans, umber, brick red, terra cotta, yellow orchre, warm greys, shades of green, brown oranges, burnt siennas, and grey blues.  They are colors found in nature. 

For this challenge, I decided to wear this dark Burgundy or brick red dress that I received as a Christmas present from my son.  

Now I know certain colors can appear different on everyone's computer screen or phone, especially anything in the red family, but trust me, this dress is a deep, dark Burgundy.  In this photo shoot when I'm facing the sun, the dress appears brighter, but when I turn away from the sun, I feel the true color is shown.

I styled my dress with neutrals, choosing a neutral bag and shoes.

I love these type of shoes for spring.  They are partially open revealing just a bit of toe and ankle, yet the foot is not fully exposed as it would be in a real sandal.  They provide the perfect coverage for the cooler weather.

For jewelry I chose red, black and muted silver.  Burgundy lipstick completed the look.

My dress was on my Amazon wish list.   I can't seem to find it on line now since it was so long ago, but I think THIS DRESS, in a different color, is very similar.  The only thing different is the sleeves. 

I was so pleased when I tried on this dress.  You never know what you are going to get sometimes when you order clothes from Amazon.  But I love this dress!  It's very comfortable, and I like all the coverage.  The length is perfect, and I really like the long sleeves.  I will probably wear it once in the cool of spring and then again in the fall.  I think it will be fun to accessorize this dress for fall!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Noblesville, Indiana

This week's travel post is the last part of a travel series of our visit to see our grandchildren in Carmel, Indiana.  If you want to start at the beginning, go HERE. Other posts in chronological order are HERE,  HEREHEREHERE,  HERE,  HERE, HERE, and HERE!

This is the final post of a vacation I took last fall to the Carmel Indiana area to visit my children and grandchildren.  If you missed any of the fun things we did during our week long visit, be sure to check out the posts listed above.

Our last full day in Indiana we decided to check out the nearby town of Noblesville.  It is such a cute, busy little town with a lot of their original buildings still standing.

Noblesville is the fourteenth largest city/town in Indiana with a population of 51,969.  It is also listed as the fifth best place to live in Indiana with populations over 5,000.

This interesting historic building is now a "Museum of History" which was formally the sheriff's residence and county jail.  Wouldn't you like to spend the night in a county jail as nice as this one? 😁

The most extravagant building in town is the Hamilton County Courthouse which sits proudly in the town square.  

The courthouse features a three-story square tower.  It was built between 1877 and 1879.

The courthouse is a Second Empire style brick and limestone building. 

An old bell is on display in the courtyard of the courthouse and of course, Alethea had to check it out.

On the side of the courthouse is a veterans memorial.

We spent some time at this memorial taking pictures, as you will see at the end of this post.  The kids loved playing in the fall leaves that were captured between the memorial benches.

This next building is the First Christian Church established in 1897.  Now it is the Adler Building.  Twenty five years ago, Raymond Adler saved this building from the recking ball and now uses it for his law practice.

It is one of Hamilton County's oldest Christian churches.

I'm so happy Raymond Adler loves history and decided to save this beautiful old church!

And now, before I finish this post I have a few "Grandma & Me" photos to share.  I'm sure some of you may have noticed that I haven't been doing "Grandma & Me" photo shoots anymore.  It's not because I don't want to, I loved our monthly photo shoots!  But my grand babies just would not cooperate for the camera anymore and I got tired of trying to force the issue.  It makes me sad, because I really loved the beautiful pictures that came out of it, but what can I do?  I always said when I started doing them that I would only continue doing them as long as they wanted to.

But I can't end the post without sharing these hysterical photos...and a true example of how challenging it was doing a photo shoot with two toddlers!  In the scenes below we were in the midst of a photo shoot when Atticus pulled a stick out of Alethea's hand and it snapped in two.  If you look in the picture above they are both happy and smiling and both have sticks in their hands.  But those smiles quickly turned to tears when Alethea's stick broke.  At this point, I was so frustrated with trying to get two toddlers to sit still with me for a nice photo shoot, that when Alethea burst into tears, I burst out laughing and I couldn't stop myself.  My husband thought the combination of Alethea crying and me laughing so comical, that he just kept the camera going and caught all the live action in photos.

I love how Atticus just innocently keeps playing like he did nothing wrong, meanwhile Alethea is falling to pieces over a broken stick.  Oh the drama of toddlerhood!  😂

Well I hope you enjoyed my final post of our fall vacation to Indiana.  Next week I will begin one of two posts of my winter vacation in Indiana with the kids, then I will start a new series of Smokey Mountain National Park.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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