Saturday, May 5, 2012

The World Laughs In Flowers

MINE IS A SUMMER garden. I made that decision several years ago when it became an undisputed fact that I couldn't grow everything under the sun. Sometimes I still forget this, especially when I'm at a plant sale, but I digress. With this rude reality, I decided to focus on plants that have their peak in summer when the weather is more agreeable to actually working in the garden without being pummeled with hail. 

So basically, what I'm saying here is that my garden isn't exactly in stellar photo-taking mode right now. However, my photographer-daughter and I recently went around town and captured these goodies. 

This Ribes sanguinium begged for a little lovin.' 
Pretty pink posies! 

At a nearby park, a blooming Wisteria was hanging over the fence. 

The scent was luscious!

The Dogwoods are barking up a storm right now. 

The Kwansan Cherries are amazing! 

A gazillion little puff-puffs. 

Lovely Lilacs 

A two-toned Rhododendron

A captivating setting...

At the park, we discovered a little family. Aren't they adorable? 

As always, 

23 comments:

Bernie H said...

What an abundance of beautiful blooms. That Wisteria is magnificent! The Lilacs are spectacular too. Thanks so much for sharing these great little vignettes of the flowers blooming in your town.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They are adorable, so cute and fluffy.

Love the shots that you got, what glorious colors. And I love seeing the Rhodies, since there don't seem to be any up here...

Life as a gardener should be, "I'll take one of everything please" but sadly it's not. You made a good decision in growing a summer garden, it's probably much sweeter with all those blooms.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

greggo said...

woww. love the baby ducks.

Kathleen said...

how beautiful your photos are Grace! Your town is looking good!
I like your reasoning about focusing on a season. It's my best time too although I do seem to have quite a few spring bulbs. I think your garden probably looks pretty amazing even if you think it doesn't! I've never seen it anything but....

Alison said...

Wow! You found some really luscious flowers! I could almost smell them.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Grace, I love the pink so soft yet vibrant. I began just wanting pink in the garden, still have lots of pink, but every other color also.

Eileen

Rebecca said...

I think I caught a "wiff" of the wisteria scent as I scrolled through this post!

How very beautiful it all is--even if it is only spring :)

Linda Hoye said...

Spring in it's splendor and glory! The scent of wisteria and lilac blossoms are the sweetest scent in the world!

charlie b. said...

Gorgeous flowers!! And those baby ducks are so sweet!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I love all the flowering shrubs...gorgeous colors...my garden isn't much in bloom either...as May continues it will show more and more blooms. Cute ducklings...

Darla said...

Beautiful photos Grace...I could 'almost' smell the wisteria....the flowers make your town appear so cozy.

Debbie said...

Such an awesome show of color!

Lona said...

Ahh, those ducks are so sweet! But that poor momma. What a clutch of them.LOL!
I adore that Rhododendron. Just gorgeous! I wish my lilacs were still in bloom like those beauties. Smell divine. The cherry and dogwoods are so lovely. Just terrific pictures Grace. Have a nice week.

Anonymous said...

Your photography is breathtaking

Wendy said...

omg- the little ducks are totally adorable!! Sure looks like you've got some lovely things to shoot in your garden - it usual tip top form if you ask me! Great photos by your daughter.

scottweberpdx said...

Lovely shots...and agree with everyone above...the ducks are TOO CUTE! I'm sort of the same...I've accepted that my garden isn't going to win any awards during winter and early spring...but I'd rather have a garden that looks (at least to me) fabulous for part of the year, rather than ok all year ;-)

Casa Mariposa said...

I have a mostly summer garden, too. Love all the pix. :o) My lilacs are almost done blooming and I already miss them.

linniew said...

Oh what could be better than to share photography with your daughter among beautiful spring flowers and then...to come upon those ducklings-- You lucky Gracie you!

Kalantikan said...

OMG, that wisteria is magnificent! I've seen them only twice yet in person and the looks didn't leave my mind! The others are lovely too, but if wisteria is with them i will still go for it.

bakingbarb said...

Apparently my garden and your garden don't hold everything we want them to! Your jaunt around town found some beauties, that Ribes has the largest flower clusters on it!!!
I love wisteria, I've always wanted one but never thought I wanted to deal with it!
Heck they are all beautiful.
Ducks, love the ducklings awwww!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Cute little duckies. So sweet. I think yours is a PINK Summer garden. :-) Every time I see great pink blooms I think of you and your pink collection. Even when you aren't in your garden, pink blooms draw you.

Aerie-el said...

Your title is absolutely perfect. The flowers are gorgeous--I can almost smell the lilacs and wisteria!
And Mama duck and baby ducklings are fuzzilicious!

Shyrlene said...

Grace, I am convinced you live in "Mayberry RFD". Everything is picture-perfect and everywhere you turn there are photo ops. You capture it all so well!