Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Official Heralding of Spring.....

Today was the day my husband and I and my Mom took the long-awaited trip to the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. We have not been to this wonderful Victorian style conservatory in quite a few years. Additions have been made to its "mastery of glass", and with bated breath, we entered its doors!

The flowers alone were enough for me. But the urns and statues holding precious flowers of all shapes and colors were nothing but jewelry for these vintage and lovingly cared for pieces. The angel on this urn above is just gorgeous!

There were waterfalls, a new rain forest wing, and oodles and oodles of flowers! Such inspiration, such color. It made you want to go home and tear up the dirt! And of course, make that annual promise - "I will plant more bulbs this fall!".

Here is a picture of the main conservatory, not showing are the three wings that go out behind and to both sides of this wonderful structure. There are gorgeous blown glass pieces intermixed in the display with the flowers, and a night show, is definitely on our agenda.

The orchid room is nothing but fabulous. Here is a sampling of these beauties....

Enjoy the rest of the show. I know pictures don't do nature justice, but my words sure do fall short.

And in my Etsy store, I have newly listed these fabulous paper doll books. They are in great condition, for those of you loving vintage fashion and, of course, Marie Antoinette.

Hope you all have a glorious week. Talk to you all soon....



  1. Oh, Kitty! Your post was such a breath of fresh spring air! How I loved it so!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely adventure to the conservatory.

    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

  2. Wow, What a beautiful post...Your pictures were just amazing...I just loved all the statues and that orchid room is breath taking...Hope all is well...

  3. The conservatory you went to visit sounds like my "cup o' tea"! Wow, such beautiful goodies to see! Thanks for sharing. You're so lucky to have a hubby that likes to go and see stuff like that! Way cool!

    Oh, thanks for coming to visit my blog! I appreciate the sweet comment. :)

  4. These flower gardens and green houses look amazing. I love the combination flowers and stone art!
    No better start of Spring than this!

  5. Kitty, what a pretty place to visit!!! i always mean to put in bulbs too, and i never do...i really need to add some early color to my yard...i was planning to play in the dirt tomorrow...but have just heard we may be getting 6 - 12 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow...

  6. Wow!! What a beautiful place Kitty!! I just love all the statuary too, the icing on the cake for sure... Your description was lovely and the photos...ahhh... wish I was there, is all I can say! Such a treat, thank you so much for sharing with us!!
    On a side note the sale went well, but boy did I get a bad case of hay-fever, we are completely covered in pollen over here, LOL!
    not the fun side of spring for sure, hehehe, still worth it to have all the pretty flowers come back!
    xoxoxo ~ your friend ~ Madai

  7. Mom, what a beautiful place to visit... glad you had a good time. ;)) I am not sure I have ever been there, maybe when I was in school? Such beautiful flowers!

  8. How beautiful, Aahhhh Spring is in the air. Its still a little chilly here in NC. That place looks like heaven with all the flowers, cherubs and butterflies.
    Love the paper dolls too. I collected a few myself.
    Thank you for coming by my blog. Glad to have found yours.

  9. Hi Kitty, Such a pretty post and very inspiring for Spring! Love those floral images and statues. Gorgeous!


  10. Hello Kitty
    Thnak you so much for your kind and thoughtful words posted on my previous post. It was very much appreciated!
    The Phipps Conservatory is a place I would have enjoyed visiting too. What a greta day out. When you go to places like that it inspires you to do something in the garden when you get back.
    Take care
    Isabelle x

  11. Thank you so much for visiting my Blog. I loved the "trip" you took us on. I wish these urns & cherubs were in my gardens!! LOL!!
    Come back again!
    Easter Hugs,

  12. Hi Kitty,
    What wonderful pictures of the conservatory. The blooms and statues are gorgeous. You explained it all so well and made it sound so inviting. What a wonderful time you must have had together.
    Thank you for sharing your day.

    So nice to see you and thank you for stopping by with you kind comment. See you again soon.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures Kitty. What a beautiful place to spend the day!

  14. OHHHH what a beautiful post Kitty! I cannot wait to see flowers here! You are so lucky, what a gorgeous place!!


  15. What a BEAUTIFUL place! And such gorgeous photos! It sure signals SPRING! =) Thank you for your sweet note on my blog! That's the 2nd time I've been to Tinsel Trading... the very first time I went was 2 years ago, and I was soooo overwhelmed, I walked around the store for 1/2 hour and left not buying a single thing! lol =)

  16. Hi Kitty! You must have had a fantastic day!! The angelic statuary is my absolute favorite! Thanks for sharing & for stopping by my blog with your sweet comments, too! Please tell Heather I said hi!!

    Angelic Accents

  17. Kitty,

    Thank you for sharing your trip to the conservatory with us. I so needed to see this lush garden dream place. Spring has not really sprung here if you ask me, when we just had snow on Sunday night but this was wonderful.

    Kindredly, Lynne Laura

  18. wow, all the beautiful flowers and the angels...I wouldn't want to leave, love the waterfall, thank you for coming by to visit

  19. It's always fun to visit someone else from western PA. I showed photos on my blog when I was at the Phipps early this year. Did you see the beautiful glass pieces? Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos..spring is here! Warm wishes, Esther

  20. Oh My Goodness, Kitty!! This is definitely one of those places that goes on my bucket list of "places to see".

    Thanks so much for sharing this lovely shot in the arm for me. We've had nothing but snow for such a long time.

    Aunt May's Cottage

  21. OH it's stunning!! And those statutes are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings... Polly (Counting Your Blessings & French Cupboard)


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