Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Story Book Christmas at the Franklin Park Conservatory, Etc.


First of all I want to thank all of you for your
well wishes, kind thoughts and prayers for
my daughter Shelly. The tests said that the
mole was benign and not a melanoma cancer
so I am one thankful Momma today.
I want you to know I appreciate more than
you can ever know for your support. I know
I can always count on you so thank you from
the bottom of my heart.

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For those who may have followed my blog for a while
you may remember these pictures of the train display
at the Franklin Park Conservatory from last February.
The train display was brought up to the entrance
for the “Merry& Bright” displays for the
holidays with an all new festive look.


Now it is all decked out with Poinsettias and
seed light twigs for a Story Book Christmas display.


Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf have a
little cottage in the display.The Wolf did not
look to fierce in the dress so no children were
frightened by him.


The Three Little Pigs still had their homes intact.
We watched one little girl with her eyes so bright
walking around and taking everything in and she
was loving finding all of the little treasures and
watching the trains.


The display had this cute little red trolley just flying
around the display and through the tunnels.
I couldn’t for the life of me get a picture of the thing.
All I got were blurs. LOL!


A Banana Plant Musa acuminata was growing
on this visit.It is an green stemmed plant which
never forms woody tissue. Each stem blooms
and produces fruit only once; it then dies and is
replaced by a new offshoot.


Near the front entrance bushes of red berries adds
color to the grounds on a bleak cold day.


While indoors some of the Chihuly glass displays were
dressed with Poinsettias for a Holiday feel.


Some of the passage ways were lit  up with mini
lights on the archways.




A Crown of Thorns Euphorbia splendens  was in bloom.
A wicked and beautiful looking plant all wrapped up in
one package.


With blooms like these what is a little finger stick or okay maybe ten.


Orange trees and….


Meyer Lemon trees were bearing fruit.


This was our third trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory
but I would love to go and visit there at night when the
conservatory is all lit up.

Wouldn’t it be beautiful for a night visit?

I suppose everyone is ready for Christmas?
I am as ready as I am getting this year.
Just in time with more snow moving in every
other day now.
Thank you so much for visiting my little blog
this year. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Happy Gardening,


Shirley said...

Great news for you and your daughter!! What a fabulous place to take a child!! I love the storybook displays and the huge poinsettia tree!!! Merry Christmas to you!!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, I am so glad your daughter is fine. Those little structures are wonderful.

I think we have got a long winter ahead of us, more snow for us tonight.


Stephanie said...

I am happy for you Lona :-) I love that Chihuly glass display and the beautiful Christmas tree of poinsettias in the last picture.

Bernie said...

Lona, I've missed the your posts just recently and obviously missed your worrying time just past. I'm so glad that the news is good news ... what a relief! I bet you and yours will be celebrating Christmas with extra joy this season!

Enjoyed your tour through the Franklin Park Conservatory again ... I do remember the last visit! It looks like a must-see spot ... and that Chihuly glass display is just magnificent.

Wishing you and all your family a very merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lona, I'm so glad your daughter is okay. Whew, scary! Beautiful shots of the conservatory. Ready for Christmas...uh not exactly.

Anonymous said...

I really liked this tour with the story book displays. The Chihuly glass are beautiful pieces of art with pattern and color.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness for good news. So glad for all of you Lona.
Congrats on winning the Snow Blower too! That is a terrific prize. It also sounds pretty timely if you are getting snow every other day!
Your tour of the conservatory is gorgeous. I agree it would be beautiful at night. Our Botanic Gardens has a "blossoms of light" show during the holidays that I am hoping to catch this year. Happy holidays to you and your family.

The Redneck Rosarian said...

What a magical place this must be! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Meredehuit ♥ said...

Lovely Christmas scenes, Lona. So very glad to hear the good news of your daughter. Be Merry!

Nezzy said...

Woohoo girlfriend!!! I'm doin' my happy dance for your sweet daughter. God is good!!!

I love the little Christmas scenes, the are just adorable!

God bless ya and have a wonderfully fun season sweetie!!!

Joe Todd said...

Glad your daughter is ok.. I haven't been to the conservatory for a couple years. On a snowy day like today it would sure be a great place to be LOL. Have you ever started Calla lilies from seed? I've been trying but no luck so far

Christine B. said...


As the kids say, "I'm soooo not ready" for Christmas. My left hand is covered in magnetic paint, my hair in white paint, and my leg in a little of both. I can't find the wrapping paper and have forgotten who I have gifts for already. Actually, sans the paint, this sounds a bit like every Christmas for me....

Christine in Alaska, unprepared

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tour, that tree of Poinsettas is stunning! Have a very Merry Christmas. :)

Jeri Landers said...

The little village is right up my alley! I love seeing it. You always have the best photographs.
Happy for your good news on your daughter.

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Alistair said...

Your pictures are stunning and what a beautifully set up journal.

Darla said...

Praise report on the test!!!! Hooray!! Beautiful photos here...Christmas shopping today, sigh.

Anonymous said...

Great holiday post---I especially liked the collage of poinsettias at the beginning. Carolyn

Jen ( said...

What a beautiful display!

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Merry Christmas Lona! What a beautiful tour...I especially love the rich, colorful glass pretty.

Jim Groble said...

Glad to hear about your daughter. Christmas villages have been passed down from mother-in-law to wife to our daughters. Franklin Park is always a vey cool place to visit.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

jim and pat

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that your daughter Shelly is fine! The beat Christmas present a mother could get!!! Such lovely displays at the conservatory. I am not at all ready for Christmas. Hopefully, we will get a little shopping done this weekend.

My Garden Haven said...

Hi Lona,
Your blog is just so pretty.Glad I found you. I am now your 249th follower. Thanks for following my are among the first few. Hope to have more followers to keep you company on my google friend connect!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Awesome photos!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad your daughter's health scare turned out to be just that, a scare! I'm finally catching up on blogs a bit after a crazy Christmas. Glad it's over to be honest, although our wine party is tomorrow night. It's one of my favorite parts of the holiday season! Hope yours was happy. I forgot to tell you the name of my lavender rose, it's called Angel Face, and smells very fragrant too.