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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Smith College Bulb Show

Every year, Smith College Botanic Garden holds two flower shows: one in the fall, dedicated to all things mum, and one in the spring, for those flowers that emerge from bulbs. They've been part of college tradition for years, and although I've seen the attendees parked all along Paradise Dr. for years, it was only during the spring of my senior year that I managed to make it myself. James was visiting for the weekend, so we dropped by on Sunday to see what the fuss was about.

Pictures don't do it justice -- the place was filled to the rafters. It was an explosion of color and beauty and smell. I've never been confined with thousands of blooming flowers in an enclosed space before, and there's no way to describe quite how lovely it is.

It's so hard to pick a favorite, although I was quite enamored with the little ones at the bottom here, that came in all shades of blue. I also loved the six-pointed white ones a little farther up -- so simple and delicate! James liked the bright yellow one, because it reminded him of "a jet engine burning out", which is typical of him, and therefore oddly endearing. I am awful with names, so I have no idea what any of them are called. If you do, please let me know in the comments!

I don't know if I will ever have the patience to cultivate a garden even a fraction as interesting as this one was, but I do know that I need more plants in my life. Eve the Ivy died mysteriously while I lived in Austria, and talk of replacing her with a bonsai tree never came to fruition. My new plan is to start an herb garden, and I hope to need one soon.

The Bulb Show runs through this Saturday with a suggested donation of $2 per person, and the Botanic Gardens are always worth a visit, flower show or otherwise.


  1. Gorgeous flowers, gorgeous photos!! I like the little blue ones too- they're very pretty!

    1. Sorry it took me so long to respond to this! Thank you! Definitely wishing I could see more of these flowers around at the moment instead of all this rain.


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