Thursday, July 22, 2010

Flowers and a schoolhouse

On my way to one of my favorite shops in Columbia last week, I drove past the Shelter Insurance Gardens.  After shopping, I drove back by and this time I stopped in to wander around the beautiful grounds and I was glad to have my camera with me.  It was very hot, so I didn't linger long.

Near the middle of the gardens, is an old one room schoolhouse.  I took some pictures of the inside.  I'll show them another time when I tell the story of my own school years spent in a very similar one room school house.

This garden has many varieties of blooming flowers from spring through fall and most are labeled, as well as the trees.  It is open to the public and there are numerous weddings held here.  A very serene and beautiful spot in the midst of a very busy city.

The water was very inviting on that very hot day!  Even the flowers look like they want to jump in.

Only one hollyhock was to be found.  I remember when I was young we had a long row of them against a white painted fence.  Beautiful!  

I will have to get some started here at my house.  I forget how lovely they are until I see them somewhere.

We have had lots of hot weather and rain here in MidMO.  Thankfully, we haven't had the damage that some towns have had.  Our electricity was out from 8 pm until 5 am Wednesday morning.  What happened to the gentle summer rains we used to get?  

Until next time...


  1. Oh what a beautiful place!!! (If only my yard could look like this.) I like the seasonal photos you placed above the top of your blog. Very nice pictures as well. Have a good day and may you have some relief from the hot weather and rain very soon. A

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment so I could know you were there and come and visit yours. Beautiful place and pictures. I could just feel my temperature going down looking at the beautiful sites. Look forward to seeing and reading about the 1 room school house.

  3. What a beautiful and charming garden, so glad you had your camera along! I loved the old schoolhouse, it would be a glorious place to get married!

    Hollyhocks always remind me of my grandmother's garden - we used to make Hollyhock dolls out of them with toothpicks. I've tried to grow them in my own garden, but can't seem to find the right spot . . . I'll have to try again, you've inspired me! Love your post!


  4. Thank you for rambling to my blog and your nice comments. I do believe I like it here :) And a MissouREE blogger too, what's not to like? My Book Club made a little visit to the Shelter Gardens and old School House. It is a great hidden away place. Enjoying your pictures and that is a great shot of the School House. I will be back to read some more!

  5. Today I needed to see those beautiful pictures; it brought peace to my soul. I love the picture of the old school house. The Hollyhocks brought back memories of making dolls out of them
    Thanks for this awesome post. I love following your blog.
    Blessings and hugs to you! LeAnn

  6. Thanks for stopping by my place. I love meeting other Missouri bloggers. It has been many (many!) years since I have strolled through Shelter's gardens. I don't remember the school house, but I'm sure it was there. I really enjoyed the pictures. Enjoyed strolling through your blog too :)


  7. The Shelter Gardens are beautiful. Someone is taking very good care of them. I didn't realize the old schoolhouse was on their property. And my flowers are suffering in the heat. I've done very little weeding & have not been faithful to give them a drink of Miracle Grow so they are looking bad. Too hot to get out! No...I don't remember that it used to be this hot. My hubby & I have just been talking about that. We didn't have a/c when I was growing up & I do remember it being warm. We slept with a window fan blowing & I remember the sounds of the outdoors coming through my bedroom window! Send some cool breezes our way!

  8. Sending a sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm and a big thank you for stopping by my post about butterflies and leaving such nice comments. The zucchini recipe is really easy and the sauce is definitely simple and a keeper for a quick pasta sauce. If you get to try it, I'd love to know what you thought! Ciao, bella!