Madison Street Festival 2016

Madison, Alabama hosted their 36th annual Madison Street Festival in historic downtown Madison today.

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Drummers are so cool!

Amidst tall oak trees and homes circa the 1800s, families joined in for lots of food, vendors, art, and lots of music, and the parade.

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Storm hunter guy tosses candy.

Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and I joined in on the fun. We only lost where we parked once!

 

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Pretty smiles.

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Woodwinds rule!

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High school band.

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Lots of sparkles!

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Band grandma!

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Awesome drum majors!

Huntsville Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale 2015

Lavender in cute pots.

Lavender in cute pots.

This past weekend, we all braved the rain and chill and headed to the 2015 Huntsville Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale.

The sale is the gardening event of the year in North Alabama. You can find the most unique varieties and a huge selection of nursery-grade herbs, house plants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, hanging baskets, native wild flowers, succulents…and anything else you can think of!

We’re getting our house ready to list, and I bought 3 lush hanging baskets of English ivy for only $12! I also bought annuals to help stage the curb appeal for our place.

There were several food trucks on hand. I tried a couple of pulled chicken sliders from the Food Fighters Bustaurant (Check them out on Facebook!), the “School Bus turned Food Truck,” owned and run by Jason Lafferty. I chose a huge assortment of toppings such as pico de gallo and mouth-watering queso. Yummmmmm!

Food Fighters and my sliders.

Food Fighters and my sliders.

I hope you enjoy the photos! I can’t even remember the names of some of the plants, so please give me a shout if you can identify them!

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Wild Blue Flox

Wild Blue Flox

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Can anyone identify these plants?

Can anyone identify these plants?

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Robin Plantain

Robin Plantain

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I bought one of these...love me some bearded irises!

I bought one of these…love me some bearded irises!

Harvey Cotton is the garden's horticulturist and Huntsville's go-to gardening expert.

Harvey Cotton is the garden's horticulturist and Huntsville’s go-to gardening expert.

The HBG spring plant sale has about 5 or more of these giant circus tents staked over the products.

The HBG spring plant sale has about 5 or more of these giant circus tents staked over the products.