June 25, 2013

The Corpse Flower

Saturday: totally excited

This remarkable flower was at the Muttart Conservatory in April here in Edmonton. Beautiful isn't it? I was so excited to hear about it that I had to go see it (3 times consecutively). I went on the Saturday because I was too excited to wait, then on Sunday with Q, then immediately after work on Monday because it had bloomed overnight. Unfortunately when we arrived most of the scent had dissipated and would only be very faint. I mostly drank in the scent of gardenias, and it was delightful.

Putrella, as it was aptly named, stood a glorious 8 feet tall (give or take). It was stunning, I could hardly believe that this was a real living thing in our world. It didn't seem real, absolutely motionless. I loved it.

Sunday: a close up

Monday: the full bloom



My love took this fantastic photo after the tornado warning storms had passed. Man he's good!

Hope you're all enjoying your summer! Despite the jaw dropping floods of our sister city in the south and the comparatively minor floods here today, it's been pretty good for us at Breathe. We have planted some new greens in the back garden, dismantled and turfed the busted hot tub, healed our lawn, watched the seeds in the front yard grow (although some of them look suspiciously like weeds...), and were completely elated to discover the mystery plant by the front door turned out to be a 15 year old peony bush. 15 years old! I'm so glad we decided not to rip it out last year!

The Canadian Death Race is approaching and we are training As best we can. I would say that we are making great progress while enduring the sprains, strains, and little injuries that pack a big punch. We are also running in the Color Me Rad 5K on July 7. I'm really looking forward to that and I hope to acquire some photos to share.  

All wonderful things aside, I have been lacking a little bit in inspiration for the past while. So I've been peeking around on Pinterest and searching the webernet for some new-to-me blogs. Big thanks to Creature Comforts for introducing me to Oh My Little Dears. It's a bright, light, and fun blog with great DIY projects and sweet things. Pretty sure I'll find some inspiration from this lovely lady behind the bright ;)

Tell me, what inspires you?