Friday, March 29, 2024

Spring at the Conservatory

"And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, from The Complete Poems

While winter continues to play the bully outdoors, we took ourselves to the Muttart Conservatory to catch their Spring Display. Despite the blustering winds, the day was glorious with bright sunshine streaming through the pyramid glass walls. The place was alive with fellow seekers of Spring. As the double doors to the feature pavilion swung open—like doors at a wedding that open for the beautiful bride to walk through—it was like stepping into another world. We stared. We breathed in the scent of hyacinth and jonquils drifting on the air. Every corner was brimming with sunshine and the bright hues of tulip, daffodil, and primrose—an artist's palette for winter tired eyes.

One woman exclaimed as our eyes met, "It's like having dessert!" Oh my, yes! Elizabeth von Arnim said it best when she described Lottie Wilkins in Enchanted April as Lottie opened the shutters and gazed over the 'flower-starred' grass her first morning in Italy:
"She stared. Such beauty; and she there to see it. Such beauty; and she alive to feel it. Her face was bathed in light. Lovely scents came up . . . and caressed her . . . How beautiful, how beautiful. Not to have died before this . . . to have been allowed to see, breathe, feel this . . . how could one describe it? It was as though she could hardly stay inside herself, it was as though she were too small to hold so much of joy, it was as though she were washed through with light."
Photographs never do it justice, but I'm hoping this tiny glimpse of our visit will lift your hearts if, in your corner of the world, you still await for the fullness of Spring.

"I must have flowers, always and always."

If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it,
it's your world for a moment.”

"Despite the forecast, live like it's spring."

The beautiful spring came; and
when Nature resumes her loveliness,
the human soul is apt to revive also.

To all who celebrate, Happy Easter!
Wishing you a beautiful weekend,

Photo credits:
Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life


  1. Oh my. O MY! OH MY, OH MY, OH MY!!! Thank you so much for this breath of Spring, as I look outside and see tiny wet snowflakes falling falling. The photos were so good, I felt as though I walked through those double doors with you. Wonderful.

  2. I'm with Claude--flowers, always and always, especially spring flowers after winter! Nothing better to grace the day and help us continue to travel hopefully in this world than the profusion of color that comes with spring. Each bloom seems a jewel, but those parrot tulips, oh my, how magnificent!

  3. Oh Brenda, that WAS a heart-lifting post. What a truly gorgeous place that was. Oh, those flowers! I can just smell the hyacinths and jasmine. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you a blessed Easter.

  4. Oh, that was a glorious preview of springtime! Things are popping out here in Maryland now . . . daffodils, cherry tree blossoms, dogwood tree blossoms, tulips, and more. It is thrilling!

    Blessings of the Resurrection to you!!

  5. Thank you for sharing these beautiful flowers, Brenda!

    Happy Easter!

  6. Yes Brenda!!!!!!!πŸ€—πŸŒΈTHANKYOU for your BEAUTIFUL “Welcome to the beauty of Spring post!!!!!πŸ€—
    What a gift the BEAUTIFUL photos were to me!!!!! When my children were very young we used to go to the Khron Conservatory In Cincinnati to see the “Spring/ Easter show!!!” I remember walking into the room that housed the blooming Spring flowers ; being met with all the beautiful scents and colors!! I have photos of my sweet children, dressed for a special “ day , sitting in front of hyacinths and tulips.
    I had that urge to go again this Easter and called the Conservatory to see if the flowers had bloomed and were at their peak! Sadly, the reply was “We don’t do that display anymore! We haven’t done that for a longggg time!” So sad!! So….. your post provided “that room, that experience “ to me!!!!! πŸ€— I am very grateful!
    May your Spring where you are warm up!! ~ a happy and healthy beginning to this next, very welcome season to you!!! “ SO look forward to hearing your voice in my ordinary days!!!!

  7. Such a heart lifting visit, Brenda.

  8. Oh, what beautiful flowers, so intricate formed. I can imagine the rush of scent and warmth as you walked into the Conservatory. There's a garden here that does this before the outside flowers are blooming. I didn't get to see it this year, so your post is like a virtual visit.

  9. And I forgot to say how nice to see a photo of you in the garden. You look lovely in aqua.

  10. What a beautiful post, Brenda - both in pictures and words. With your description, I could imagine myself inside the conservatory taking in all the beautiful flowers. And I love the picture of you in the conservatory, in the sunshine!

  11. So beautiful! A dream garden. Lovely photo of you among the blooms. x K


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