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In the Garden

These days I tend not to take many photographs of flowers. I suppose it’s because flowers tend to be over-photographed so I simply enjoy the bounty in real life. Despite that, this delightful daylily was calling out to be photographed. Isn’t she the brash one!

I don’t know her name but I took her photograph simply because she was so beautiful. Flowers are really nature’s work of art aren’t they? This one, in particular, reminds me of a lady from the roaring twenties with all her colour and ruffles!

Not to be outdone, the Stargazer lilies are opening up and filling the yard and our home with their exotic fragrance. Sorry no photos of those to share with you just yet.

I stop by poet Shawna Lemay’s photostream from time to time and, once again, her photography is simply breathtaking but she also has a way of pairing great quotes with her images. Today her quote was one of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s, “Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day — like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” Now that also takes my breath away.

Recently I attended the most amazing event in Nanoose, BC called Art in the Garden. While there, among all the vibrant displays by so many talented artists and artisans, I couldn’t help but be smitten with some of the show-offs in the garden. Such as the Crocosmia “Lucifer” amid a gathering of daisies — doesn’t Lucifer stand out in the crowd?

This week several trees came down in our yard but my husband and I are excited at the prospect of replacing the old ones. It’s been an exciting process driving around the neighbourhood paying close attention to everyone’s trees. We’ve researched to be sure each one would be a fit for our yard providing us with shade and not a lot of maintenance. One of the trees we have settled on is a Honey Locust. It’s a lovely bold shade tree with interesting leaves that are more a hue of yellow than green. Speaking of trees, if you love reading about how things come about, I see that author Ami McKay (The Birth House) has blogged about the Pear Tree corner mentioned in her most recent novel, The Virgin Cure. It’s an interesting story.

What tales can you tell about your garden?


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Debi Bradford - August 16, 2012 - 9:14 am

“Isn’t she a brash one?” That made me smile on a day I really needed a smile. Gorgeous photographs, dearie.

Diane - August 16, 2012 - 10:45 am

Thanks so much Debi. I think it’s partially because of the heat that I’m spending some time on blogging but life sure is great here!