Across the Campus and Into the Greenhouse —

As I’ve complained before, I have a Black Thumb. Alas, anything I plant or prune or pinch — dies. So when we took first-time visitors to the Pioneer Valley over to see the gem of a small art museum on the Mount Holyoke campus, I wasn’t overjoyed when they requested the first stop be the greenhouses.

But I was more than rewarded for smiling and doing my hostly duty, because the greenhouses were wonderful. (And especially so when wandering through in the company of experts — our guests!)

Here are a few (I’ve restrained myself!) of the many treats we encountered:

An unpromising start? First view of the Lily Pond—

I thought it was a lotus. That just shows you how much I know. But it’s lovely enough—

Looks like a paisley scarf draped across the lily pond —

Portrait of a lily pad —

“Two White Birds passing through” — (does anyone know what kind of blooms these are?)

Here’s a Tradescantia with an admirer —

And finally, a blaze of tropic pink, under the Greenhouse roof —

Best of all — nothing withered in my passage! A grand and surprising visit.

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16 Responses to Across the Campus and Into the Greenhouse —

  1. Stunning photos & very uplifting! Thanks for sharing!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Kind words from a gardener — Thanks for coming by.
      I enjoy your blog — like you, my year until very very recently always revolved around the school. (A perpetual student rather than teacher or administrator, however.)
      New Year’s always in my mind and spirit came the beginning of September.
      After enough years (I am 77 this particular one) I find, hmmmm, liberation! Or something that feels like it —
      New Year’s is, well, this morning. It happens, Julia.

  2. Emad says:

    Nice Photographs !

  3. barb19 says:

    Your photographs are awesome!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It was fun to have this kind of “duty” experience turn out to be such a unexpected pleasure.
      (What’s awesome are rainbow colored parrots and hedgehogs, my dear!)

  4. Pauline says:

    Your gardening thumb may not work but your camera finger is golden.

  5. Stef says:

    What is your non-lotus flower?

    I don’t know a thing about gardening/flowers/etc.; however, we have a greenhouse in the city that is a DELIGHT to go in when it’s wicked cold outside.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      The warm-air factor? Yes, any greenhouse is a welcome refuge in winters like we share —

      I can’t grow them, and so have limited knowledge about them, but I truly adore flowers. Especially wildflowers, because they seem such a perfect example of a gift of nature — we don’t plant them, or tend them, or cultivate them. They do it all by themselves, and all we’re called upon to do is — look at them, and admire them. (And maybe, depending, say thank you.)

      As for the non-lotus flower, I’m pretty sure it’s a plain old (not so plain, though!) water lily.

  6. sheila4hastenhome says:

    Lovely. I truly enjoy wandering through greenhouses–this “trip” was no exception! 🙂

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I’m glad it was a pleasant trip for you — and one with plenty of color.
      I found the post about color blindness in your family fascinating, Sheila!
      Thank you for visiting with me.

  7. nancy first says:

    I especially enjoyed the carefree and original titles you gave to your photos. They carried me to other thoughts in a very original and creative way. thank you.

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