Category Archives: Garden Visits

Chicago Botanic, again.

After an impressive 189th place in the Chicago half-marathon (him) HHB and I went to Chicago Botanic last weekend. As you can see from the picture above, gardens are where I am happiest in the whole world. I’m so lucky … Continue reading

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Live blogging: Champagne

Mistletoe! Everywhere in the trees in the French countryside… Now if only I had someone to kiss!

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Live blog: Parisian Flower Markets

And just when you’ve had enough historical sites, the Parisian flower markets are a blooming sight for my Wisconsin winter-weary eyes. The shopping isn’t too bad either.

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Live blogging Paris: Luxembourg Gardens

As with all Medici Parisian gardens, the primroses are gorgeous this time of year, but check out the pleached elms… At least I think they are elms. The time to see them is now, before they become leafy and you … Continue reading

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Paris: live blogging from the Tuileries

The weather here is fantastic…the sun is out, the church bells are ringing, the primroses are in bloom, and February is in fact a gorgeous time to be in Paris. The Tuileries are as well designed as you can imagine, … Continue reading

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Live blogging Paris: Sacre Coeur

The gardens are lovely at Sacre Coeur, not that anyone is looking. But it’s a great excuse to stop when you are marching up the stairs…keep an eye on your purse and avoid men offering to make friendship bracelets…enjoy the … Continue reading

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Live blogging: Notre Dame

Last time, it was roses, now, Camellias. Notre Dame gardens (behind the church, away from the crazy-long entrance line) are still my favorite way to celebrate this magnificent 850 year old church.

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Vegas Gone Wild

Vegas seems to do everything bigger. Like Texas, but with more questionable funding sources. I was very impressed by the Christmas display at the Wynn, the Bellagio and the Palazzo (the Wynn is pictured above). Even off the strip, electricity … Continue reading

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Here it is in Madison!

What is that darn thing? It obviously looks exotic enough to be at the Thai garden at Olbrich! I’ve looked it up and I’m 99% positive my initial identification is correct: leatherleaf viburnum. It has both black and red berries. … Continue reading

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A green corner of Georgetown

I’ve probably been to Georgetown 500 times, both when I lived here, and since.¬†¬†Right around the corner from Citronelle, where I had an amazing dinner last fall: the cutest little garden at The Old Stone House, built in 1766. Amazing … Continue reading

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