Blog All About It May 2019

Posted May 15, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Blog All About It Challenge / 18 Comments

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Welcome to my first post of the year of the Blog All About It Challenge.  This is the beginning of my second year participating.

What’s it all about?

Very simple!  Each month I take the word prompt for that month and create a blog post of anything I want using that word.  My personal goal for participating in this challenge is for you to learn a bit about me each month. 

This month’s prompt is: BLOOMS

Last summer, I had the opportunity to walk through some of Ogden Botanical Gardens.  The Utah State University students run this program as part of their studies and it is free for the public to walk through.  There are acres of gardens there of all sorts from trees, bushes, vegetables, plants and flowers, but what they have in common is everything grown there can be grown outdoors in Utah.  

Gardening is one of my past times so I was eager to walk the paths through the well-landscaped floral garden and see all the summer blooms.  Many will grow where I live so I was able to recognize several and had grown a few of them myself. Though, the college kids had lovely garden design choices and had me snapping pictures and taking notes so I could plot out my flowering beds better.

Here are a few of the blooms I enjoyed seeing (and smelling):

Blog All About It Challenge is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup.  You can check out more about it here:  http://www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com/2018/11/2019-blog-all-about-it-challenge.html

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
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Angie Elle
1 year ago

Those are some lovely pictures to be inspired by. That’s one of the things I miss now that I’m renting vs. owning. No flower garden.

Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Yeah, my four years in an upstairs apartment got me a little nuts not being able to work a garden for a time. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I love that all the plants are actually suitable for the Utah climate. We enjoy visiting botanical gardens here in Europe. They’re often stunning, but there’s a big difference between what blossoms for an expert gardener and what just about stays alive despite my well-meaning efforts!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Haha! So true! I’ve tried a few wildflowers and some vegetables that I murdered a few times before I quit trying those. 🙂
I’ll bet those European ones were lovely, too.

ShootingStarsMag
1 year ago

Ooh beautiful flowers. I’m definitely not a gardener, but I can appreciate looking at flowers!

-Lauren

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes! I can grow some, but I love looking at professionally done gardens or other gardeners who were really good at it. 🙂

Lily
1 year ago

beautiful photos I hope it stops raining here long enough and gets warmer. I want to see those may flowers already!!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lily

Yeah, no kidding! My own plants are barely grown because not enough sun, too wet, and still too chilly. 🙂

Carole rae
1 year ago

Soooo beautiful! I still need to do this post

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole rae

Thanks!

I’ll look forward to whatever you put up, Carole. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I love visiting botanical gardens! They’re such an inspiration, and I just feel at peace after being among beautiful blooms and greenery. Glad to hear you’re a garden enthusiast too, Sophia Rose! I’m always checking out plants and gardens wherever I go. This weekend I geeked out over all the climbing roses in downtown Los Olivos! I wish they had labels on them because they smelled wonderful and I have the perfect place I’d like to plant one.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, you say it so well what being in a garden does to me as well. 🙂
Those climbing roses sound great. The botanical garden in these pics wasn’t labeled yet either. The students are working on maps and labels for this year.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

What gorgeous flowers Sophia! I wish I had a green thumb! Thanks for sharing your passion and inspiration! It’s nice getting to know you 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, floral gardens are a favorite for me. I do like the idea of sharing a bit about myself with these posts.

Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

great post and wow beautiful pics Sophia Rose thanks for sharing!
ps I’ve been awol but hubby’s surgery went well and guess what We’re HOME!!! Yay! xo

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

You bet! Glad to give a bit of bright color to everyone.

That is fabulous news about hubby. I’m sure the stress on you guys of the evac didn’t help. Good to know you are home and safe. I’ve been AWOL a bit, too. Jury duty this week, but now I’m off. 🙂

Lola
1 year ago

That sounds great those gardens are open to the public. That sounds like a fun theme with everything that blooms there can be grown in Utah. You snapped some great pictures and it sounds like a fun opportunity to gather some inspiration for your own garden.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes! I didn’t know about the gardens until a nice friend of my mom’s recommended it I want to go back and walk through the orchards next. 🙂