Today I'll share some closeups of neat things from Meijer Gardens that were outdoors.
If you are at all familiar with the venue, you know that Fred Meijer had a huge sculpture collection, which is sprinkled liberally throughout the gardens. Maybe I'll show you more of that another day. Maybe not. Anyway, I liked this one quite a bit. It's like a little blip of Thailand dropped in the middle of Grand Rapids.
Bright red Burning Bush (Euonymous) paired with a Clematis in seed was really attractive.
I don't know if this is an oddity, or something I should be able to identify. Look at the ends of the pinnae on this fern. They have sprouted extra fingers. I don't know if this is an example of fasciation, or a characteristic of a particular fern. At any rate, it's weird.
More nice autumn color, this time from a different Japanese Maple.
This is some kind of weeping evergreen. It looks to me like an arborvitae, but I can't find any commercial ones that fall in "sheets" like this. I'm not a fan of weeping trees, but this was interesting because it's like a blue-green waterfall.
Finally, for today, here is one of the bonsai collection, a ginko. Very nice in fall color.
They also have some indoor exhibits, and I'll show some of those tomorrow.
In other news: Well, it was a frustrating day. I did manage to work on the book in the morning a little bit, but I had more computer trouble. I also had an appointment at the computer repair for this afternoon, because one of the issues was just a little tweak that needed to happen to finish the install of the new operating system. I also had a laundry list of some other tiny issues. So when the computer was being weird, I just shut it down and figured Sue could fix it all this afternoon. And she did! Every little item on my list is taken care of! That makes for a very quality day. Then I had bell choir practice. The only thing that's really frustrating is that I was energized to write, and it just didn't happen.
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