116th Boston Marathon. April 16, 2012

“DISTANCE: 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 Kilometers)

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. …The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).” http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/event-information.aspx

Zoie runs the Boston Marathon


…and there she goes….. Zoie is proud to have been qualified and is off and running!  She has special fan wings made to help her with the heat today!  Those inventors in the Whimsical World of Botaniumus are very clever!

For those of you who may be new to our world/site Zoie is Queen of the Woodlands. Her long legs allow her to run like the wind. Her head plumes allow her to sense all. She ensures that there is a natural balance in the woodlands.

Family resemblance…continued

We are continuing our series today “Can you see the family resemblance?”  This series will will be collimated in a mini display/event at Whole Foods Market in Cranston R.I, at the end of April or the beginning of May (date still TBD.)  Let the good times bloom!

Beau and Bleeding Heart Flowers

Beau with his native sons. (ha ha)

You can’t really miss on this one, the resemblance is clear!

The Plant: Bleeding Hearts are a sign that Spring is in full swing. I love their beauty, color, and in my yard their robustness. It’s small delicate mounded foliage with soft arching stems of beautiful, heart-shaped flowers are an old fashioned type of wonderful. For it’s home: shade-lover, cool, moist conditions but well-drained soil. Beau house is along a nice cool shady wall.

The Beautie: Boubolicious: Boubolicious (Boubo, or Beau, for short) is a very wise and knowing creature. Many come to him to ask questions of life and love. He guides his friends through many tough times and thrives on the happy ones. He is Ambassador of Wisdom.  He is a wise, knowing and gentle soul!


Beaudacious – another view.

Saturday artwork for fun

Two Birds of a feather….. If opposites attract  then what is this?

2 Birds....

   Zoie and her friend. (friend is a iPad sketch we did from SketchBook Pro) 


A bit of flower sun in the winter….

Ron La Fleur – Ron is Twinkles (Goddess of the Shimmering Snow) Cousin. Carefree in personality but not in Nature  (the ecosystem.) He is all about fun in the sun and the brightness of yellow.  His cause is Climate Change.

In case you are not aware of another very spectacular cousin Ron wants to introduce you to Chinese Witch Hazel – Hamamelis mollis. Remember that most of the Botanical Beauties and Beasties start with a floral part. So Witch Hazel is yet another branch (ha ha, could not resist) of the family! 

Ron and his cousin Witch Hazel

These fun plants add a splash of color when you often really need it, i.e in the WINTER! We here in MA., have had a very mild winter season and barely any snow. As a matter of fact we have had odd, admissible delightful, spring temps in Feb. This week that has changed – it is actually SNOWING FOR REAL! Unfortunately the warm temps have made many of my spring bulbs beginning to pop out of the grown, but those tips and the snow made me think of Witch Hazel, no real connection other than bulbs are early spring delight and the Chinese Witch Hazel is winter delight! It is technically still winter, so Ron wants to share some fun things about this plant with you.

  • Flowers are fragrant and may be shades of yellow, red and orange
  • Witch hazels do best in a spot that gets full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
  • Zones: 3-9
  • Size: – cane up to 12′ tall and wide
  • Why it;s fun: It blooms in the winter! It’s flowers are  incongruously fragile-looking blooms in the harsh bold winter.  Its flowers, profuse along bare stems, have narrow yellow petals up to an inch-and-a-half long, surrounding red centers, and are scented! If you use your design skills and plan your Witch Hazel against a dark backdrop then WOW a big visual POP and a breath of flower sunshine when you least expect it. Awhhhhh, how can you not like that!? 

Have a great weekend – we will be back on Tuesday. In the meantime, don’t forget you can find some great information, drawings and/or links to wonderful things on our Facebook pages  and our Twitter feeds  M – F with The Botanical Beauties & Beasties and Birdelini.