I had to share today’s blooms, picked today after an afternoon of weeding and dead-heading. 💐
Today, more blooms appeared in my garden. First one, then another peony opened with so many to follow in the days and weeks ahead.
My irises continue to open at break-neck speed with Michigan’s hot, dry days. Each iris is more delicate and showy than the next. The pale peachy-pink iris is new this year.
In Michigan, we’ve had summer like temps but little to no rain. As a result, the garden is growing quickly, everyday yielding new blooms. This morning I was thrilled to see even more blooms in the garden, including my Dwarf Korean Lilac.
Much to my surprise, under the lilac bush, I found two of the feral kittens born about seven weeks ago on our porch. I imagine that the fragrance of the lilacs is relaxing for them.
Lots of shades of purple and yellow abound.
As I strolled around this morning, I found several “volunteers” that I didn’t plant but am happy to see all the same. My rule is, if it’s growing in a crack but it’s a flower, vegetable or herb – leave it be!
All I know is that overnight I’ve seen my garden burst into bloom. From violets, lily of the valley and bluebells in phase one, my irises, peony tree, columbine and bleeding hearts are taking over. Soon, peonies and poppies will fill the flowerbeds and every vase I own.
It’s pure joy to watch a garden come to life.
Fifty third thing: This entry in the “59 Candles, 59 Things series features my love of photography.
I’ve never taken lessons. In recent years, my Nikon remains at home in favor of my iphone camera for still and video photography. Capturing special moments while Spence and I travel, my beautiful blooming garden, our adorable Tipper and Biscotti as well as photographing food I’ve prepared or ordered out is fun for me. The easy editing tools allow me to enhance my best shots, create lasting memories and gather content for my blog. For me, photography is fun and it makes me happy.
Here are a few of my personal favorite photos:
This series, “59 Candles, 59 Things” was started almost one year ago to celebrate my 59th birthday and highlight some of the many things that make me happy. For more, look under categories for “59 Things”. I hope you’ll enjoy the series and think about what makes you happy too!