Sunday, March 31, 2013

Introducing Luna

I want a polar bear!!!!! Our little darling at the Buffalo Zoo, Luna, became an international internet sensation this month after her debut on March 1st. There is a contest going on to rename the little white cutie, but, come on, she IS Luna, how can you change her name now?? Here are a few stories from WGRZ Channel 2:
·         Luna’s Getting a Friend
·         Luna Meets the Public
The Zoo is letting Luna out to meet the public for about an hour a day (check with the Zoo for times), and that gives me incentive to make it to the Buffalo Zoo this year!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Flower Show at the Botanical Gardens – March 23rd, 2013

Purple Callas
While my mom and I were out at Plantasia, we took South Park Ave. out to the Botanical Gardens for the Spring Flower Show. The show runs through April 7th, and also includes the unique LifeCycles exhibit, featuring Orangery designs for the Gardens from the UB School of Architecture. (all photos: paulathompsonfreelance.com)



Monday, March 25, 2013

Plantasia at the Hamburg Fairgrounds – March 23rd, 2013


Purple!!

Plantasia, the annual garden show held at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, is, for me, the first sign that spring could actually be coming to Buffalo. This was the second year I attended the event, and I have no idea why I hadn’t gone there before last year…just something else I’ve finally come to discover about this great place I call home!

I wanted to go on Saturday because hosta expert Mike Shadrack was giving a seminar on which hostas go where – I experienced his own hosta gardens on a National Garden Festival bus trip in 2011, and he truly is an expert.
Succulents in an old birdbath
There were so many ideas for backyard living – I need to get some polywood furniture! – and so many cool floral combinations used at Plantasia, it was definitely an inspiring trip! (all photos: paulathompsonfreelance.com)

Pallet Gardens
  
Pallet Furniture