Jeweled leaves…

raindrops on leaves

The misty rain started sometime last night and continued on until dawn…

This morning, it appeared as if someone had scattered their most precious, sparkling jewels on everything in the garden…

rain on leaves

raindrops on leavesThe water droplets were so brilliant, they looked as if they could shine into the darkness, as if they were stars in the sky on the most clearest of nights…

raindrops on leaves

 

I am in love with this misty rain…

 

Ralph Hodgson quote

 

An Endless Summer…

blue hydrandgeas

Blue hydrangeas…

blue hydrangeas

I planted my “Endless Summer” blue hydrangea awhile ago and have to admit, I am in love with it!

Even though it flowers profusely, I don’t think it will keep up with my desire to have freshly cut hydrangeas all summer long!…

blue hydrangeas

Isn’t the blue color just amazing?…

blue hydrangeas

blue hydrangeasI found this vintage embroidered cloth at an antique store and thought the hydrangeas would look lovely sitting on top of it.

I just love her little pink polka-dotted knickers…

lady

embroidery

This little pair of floral salt and peppers looked like they wanted to join the gathering too…

antique salt and pepper shakers

 

petunias

 flower quote

Julie’s garden…

Julie Easton's garden

This summer, while visiting my little hometown in rural Nebraska, I had a chance to tour Julie Easton’s garden, one of the many beautiful gardens in town…

I walked and photographed for hours through her lovely creation…

Julie Easton garden

 

butterfly flowers

 

Julie Easton's garden

 

I was fascinated by all the glimmering pieces of glass in her garden. Tiny beads on wires…

 

glass beads in garden

 

blue glass beads in garden

 

Little jewels to captivate the eye…

 

glass beads in garden

 

I fell in love with her sun catchers. Glass plates carefully arranged and then attached to poles so that they would capture the morning sunlight…

 

glass plates in garden

 

Early morning dew on petals. Really, is there anything more beautiful?…

 

dew on petals

 

dew on flowers petals

 

pink roses with dew

 

dew on petals

 

Julie in her garden…

 

Julie Easton

 

I had wonderful time that morning, Julie, and thank you so much for sharing your garden with us all today!  :)

 

W E. Johns quote

 

Looking for Spring…

cloudy day

Where does one go when a person is longing for spring and it is -16 below zero outside? You go to the Como Park Conservatory in St Paul, Minnesota!

como conservatory

como conservatory

We took a trip there a couple of weeks ago. It was the perfect “escape” from the weather! It was warm and balmy inside, with the heady scent of blooming flowers everywhere…

peach roses

purple flowers

 

pink flowers

pink lilies

I fell in love with the lilies…

pink lilies

 

pink lilies

I was totally mesmerized by the delicate curves of the petals…

pink lily petal

 

pink lily petal

 

pink lily petal

 

pink lily petal

These little pink ruffles were beautiful, too…

pink flower

 

pink flower

The snow and ice on the windows at the conservatory…

como conservatory

 

snow on windows

Were reminders how blessed we were, to be able to stand in such a lovely warm place surrounded by everything green, lush and blooming – in the dead of winter…

como conservatory

 

como conservatory

The peach  flowers in the foreground of the photo below were beautiful but nobody seemed to take any interest in them…

como conservatory

As I was standing looking at them, people would glance at the flowers and exclaim “what an ugly flower” and would walk right past them.

I guess I felt kind of sorry for the flowers so I got down on my knees and really looked at them. People were all around me were taking photos of the lilies but just ignored these little beauties…

flower

I felt drawn to them.  I got down on all 4′s and twisted my head so that I could look up into the drooping tunnels of petals…

It was worth it!…

pink flower

I wish we could’ve seen the water lilies blooming…

lily pads

Doesn’t she look carefree?…

como conservatory

She also looks like she is warm! LOL  I guess we can look at her and reassure ourselves that spring IS on the way and some day, we too, will be again wading in pools and streams, but unlike her, we will probably all be wearing some sort of clothing while doing it! :)

Winter Fairies…

frost on windows

There was frost on the windows this morning. The thermometer read -24 degrees below zero.

The following passage by Vera Nazarian seemed to describe this morning so well…

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

As the morning continued on, the air outside began to warm…

frost on windows

And soon, the winterfairy’s land was nothing but a memory…

raindrops on glass

I’m longing for Spring, but Winter has its advantages, too…  :)

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Winter…

hoarfrost

 

carolyne roehm quotes

hoarfrost

hoarfrost

hoarfrost

 

lewis carroll quote

hoarfrost

 

hoarfrost

hoarfrost

Is there anything more beautiful in the morning, than looking out the window and discovering everything has been covered with thick layer of hoarfrost?…

hoarfrost

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Little things give peace…

red crabapple tree

 ” Little things seem like nothing but they give peace…

dark pink crabapple blossoms

“Like those meadow flowers that individually seem to have no scent but put them all together…

dark pink crabapple blossoms

“And they perfume the air…”   ~ saying based on the quote by George Bernanos

 

Red crabapple trees line the roadside just west of town. I was determined this morning to get out before it started raining again and take a couple of photos…

It started to mist as I pulled out of the driveway. On the way to the trees, I noticed the creek had swollen beyond its usual boundary…

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Once I reached the trees, the water droplets gathering on the petals were just too much for the delicate petals, they began to fall…

fallen petals

falling petals

Seeing them now, laying in their watery nest, I thought they were more beautiful than ever…

fallen petals

quote

 

Nature’s blush…

pink dianthus

quote pink hydrangea

 

I love springtime…

pink flowers

The color pink can be found everywhere!…

pink flowers

We are having a late spring this year so I guess any color is a beautiful color right now but I think I’m partial to pink….

pink flowers

 

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pink flowersWhat’s your favorite color of Spring?…

Another rainy day…

We are still in our rainy spell here. Some sun would really be nice right about now, but I’m loving the photo opportunities that the raindrops are causing! …

raindrops on columbine

 

raindrops on leaves

 

raindrops on blue columbine

I’m enjoying the flowers misted by all this rain…

raindrops on blue irises

 

raindrops on flowerIs that cheerful song “Raindrops are Falling on my Head” going through your head right about now too? :)

raindrops on pansies

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote

 

It’s snowing…

This is the kind of snow one likes to see during springtime…

Wayzata morning 231

Petal snow!…

fallen petals

 

fallen petals

The thicker the drifts, the better…

petal snow

You don’t need a shovel for these drifts. Just take a deep breath, enjoy the fragrance of spring and let the gentle warm breeze make the petals fall…

blossoms

blossoms

blossoms

Happy Spring to you!