Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
MEET THE ORCHID LADY
Babs Wagner is the "orchid lady"
at Missouri Botanical Garden.
As curator of their famous orchid collection,
dating back to 1876 when Henry Shaw
received his first orchid and started
Shaw's Garden in St. Louis,
Babs collects and manages some
7,000 orchid plants,
culminating in the annual Orchid Show
(ongoing this month and next)
which attracts visitors worldwide.
I was allowed a private tour in the garden's
3 controlled orchid greenhouses
(each a different temperature and humidity
depending on the cultivars.)
One of Henry Shaw's original orchids
originally collected in 1898
is still thriving at this year's show.
Babs pointed to several of their resident
which are placed throughout the greenhouses
to control the roach population.
(See final photo.)
"One of every 8 plants in the world
is an orchid."
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
WHAT'S IN HERE?
When it's cold outside,
with snow and ice on the streets,
and you're tired of waiting
for Spring . . .
escape the world
There's no better place
to spend the weekend
than a used book store.
Peace and quiet.
And if you're lucky . . .
a comfortable chair
and a cat!
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
THE BITTER PART
our Midwest winter has been mild.
But no longer.
This past week has brought
blustery winds, snow storms
and now sub-zero temperatures.
The winds have made this
the "bitter part of winter."
It burns the skin,
and hurts to the core.
Come Spring, come.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
LION AND TIGER AND BEAR
These 3 unlikely wild animal companions
are as friendly to one another
as they look.
As the result of a drug bust in Atlanta
some 13 years ago,
these three cubs were rescued in a cage,
barely 2-months old.
The drug dealer had kept them as "pets",
but had kept them together.
He was subsequently arrested, and
the animals carted off to Noah's Ark Rescue Center.
The zoo keepers decided to keep them together,
with no plans to separate their quarters.
They've been unseparable ever since,
oblivious to the fact they aren't
The world's nations could well learn
something about living together
from these 3 wild animals.
(Photos: Noah's Ark Rescue Center)
Saturday, February 14, 2015
FOR FASHION ORIGINALS
This is SKIF2, a fashion design center
(tucked in a little known corner of St. Louis)
creating one-of-a-kind, hand made
knitted clothing, made famous in The Matrix.
Attracting clothing designers and unique boutiques,
SKIF2 oozes creativity, textures and materials.
Their designers have been featured
on Project Runway, with customers
from coast to coast.
The secret is out.