A couple weeks ago, my mom, P and I took a birthday field trip to Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. My mother-in-law introduced me to it seven or so years ago on a cold, drizzly late spring day just before P was born. It was beautiful then, even on that raw day. And this time rain was threatening. That sort of makes everything more serene and calming in a riot of blooming things, when colors and birds and bugs (good bugs, of course) could take over. And now, with the changes and additions it is just that much more inspiring.
I am a visual girl (really, I worked for a large Chicago based department store doing visual display), and this place just gets it right every time. I love the mix of vintage and new, found and repurposed items to highlight a vignette. (Ever been to my house?) Here, gorgeous blue hydrangeas and concrete hearts.
An old manufacturing plant with exposed brick and steel beams and huge expanses of glass serves as retail space as well as for special events.
Oh. My. If only I had a wall that large in my home.
This space was new to me this year. Imagine hosting an event here.
There were billows of hydrangeas blooming everywhere in great cloud-like tufts,
and goldfinches all over these sunflowers. I wish you could have seen and heard them. Such sweet little chirps.
Perfectly weathered doors and more hydrangeas.
Can’t wait to visit this fall, my favorite season, when everything is golden and harvest-inspired.