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Morning mist on the hills in Blackberry Winter

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Brevard NC Near my home Early Morning Mist

I marvel at the beauty of this area often. Watching the   changes from day to day interests me. This day I watched it minute by minute as the plumes of mist crept slowly up the valley between two hills. We had a cold snap after a rain. Here the name for this yearly cold snap is called blackberry winter because it is when the blackberry bushes bloom. I can now be sure that spring warmth will follow and it is safe to plant.

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NC Arboretum Annual Orchid Show

The color, variety and the soft uplifting fragrance of the room make this an event I really look forward to all year. Another interesting fact for me is the energy of the crowd. I am not a fan of crowds but these people are all so affable, conversational with strangers and polite, it makes the experience even more beautiful. The folks coming out with purchase bags all look like they just adopted a puppy. For more information about orchids, I suggest the American Orchid Society.  Yes these are all orchids.

NC Arboretum – Unleash your wild side

Travel back in time 65 million years for a larger-than-life adventure!   Using state of the art technology, you can take control of your own dinosaur in a virtual reconstruction of the ancient ecosystem of the Cretaceous Period. Click here to learn more! The NC Arboretum once again launches an innovative and engaging exhibit. Come if you can. Robotic dinosaurs- got to love it.

   http://www.ncarboretum.org/

NC Arboretum in Asheville goes LEGO crazy

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The North Carolina Arboretum presents…Some Assembly Required

 The LEGO Brick Sculptures of Sean Kenney    October 19th ~ January 5th, 2014

The sculptures are inspired by gardens and nature and range in size from six inches to nearly eight feet in height. A female life-size bison on exhibit was made from 45,143 LEGO bricks and is one of the largest in this unique exhibition. The twenty-seven sculptures make up fourteen large displays and were created from nearly five hundred thousand LEGO bricks. New York-based Sean Kenney is one of only eleven LEGO Certified Builders in the world granted permission by LEGO to build on their behalf. The show titled Some Assembly Required opens in October for the holiday season and is expected to break attendance as it has at other venues across the US.

LEGO brick competition – You can be part of the show and even win a prize. For more information on the competition: http://www.ncarboretum.org/exhibits/upcoming/some-assembly-required/2013-lego-brick-competition

Visit www.ncarboretum.org for more info. or follow on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-North-Carolina-Arboretum/205503977511?hc_location=timeline

Spring, at long last, has arrived

Rainbow Warrier Tulip  This beautiful Tulip is called Rainbow Warrior. After days, nay weeks of grey cold days this sight yelled “spring is really here”.
Redbud   Redbud close   How Pink is Redbud pink? Very pink! I feel a rush of happy whenever I see one.
The landscape does look like a fairyland with the redbud, dogwood and cherry trees dressed in flowers. The azaleas, Virginia Bluebells and Phlox (Locals here call it Thrift.) are doing their part to brighten the scene.

azaleas blooming  Virginia Bluebells  phlox thrift  tulip Polar  ferns unfolding
 I am grateful for the color, for the beauty and the surprise of finding stray flowers on the grass.

Orchids at the annual show NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is always a treasure here in  Asheville– this weekend it hosts my favorite event The Annual Orchid show. Yesterday’s Daily post was local color and this must surely count. I love the variety, the grace and the outrageous, excessive beauty. There were hundreds of people patiently making their way around the show floor. I enjoy the conversations I have with strangers- sometimes I can;t help but exclaim aloud and someone always answers. The same is true in the sales room next door- so many plants, so many people, so many oohs and aahs. Unfortunately I was unable to see most of their name signs. Beauty is it,s own reward.