You know how you can walk or drive the same strip what seems like a million times and then, one day, you notice something you hadn’t before? Such was the case a couple of days ago, as I was meandering along Mass Ave.

Fair enough, these flowers probably weren’t near blooming last time I dipped into Walnut Street; whatever the case, these stopped me in my tracks. It was an unexpected joy to encounter them, mere steps from all the hubbub of one of our favorite downtown commercial corridors…

All too soon, we’ll be bundled up and bracing against the incumbent ice, snow, cold and winter.

On a really grey day, I’ll be revisiting these shockingly colorful little beauties, born and bread in downtown Indianapolis, in a lovely historic neighborhood called Chatham Arch.

I’m told these are dahlias. Now I know what I’m getting for my garden next year…

P.S. Now that I know the gardener behind these: thank you Tina Romanoff for sharing; these flowers were one of the highlights of my week! You never know whose week you’re enhancing by generously sharing them on the sidewalk side for the rest of us!