Jul 17, 2017

July Roses....

Oh, what a strange year we have had in Seattle...
 
after a Winter of endless gloom,
now we have a Summer of endless dry days...
 
it hasn't rained here in my garden
in  about 32 days...
 
so unusual,
for Seattle...
 
 
the first flush has ended
and the dry hot weather is taking a toll on the garden....
 
but, Climbing Blushing Lucy
just didn't get the memo,
she is abundant and glorious....




most of the other Roses,
only have a stray rose here and there...
 
a great time to get up close and enjoy the details...
 
this is Brother Cadfael,
an outstanding David Austin Roses...
 


 
Blushing Lucy again...
 



Faded Eden Rose blooms,
a hint of color...
 
the weather really effects the coloring of my Eden Roses...
 


 two more Blushing Lucy...
 




The Fairy Rose,
lovely open sprays...
 
 

 
James Galway
another beauty from David Austin....
 
have you ever seen so many petals.
all ruffled....
sigh.
 



another David Austin rose...
 
Mortimer Sackler,
a stray faded bloom...
 

 
we will end with Sweetness...
 
I hope that is how you day is going :-)
 
 
Hugs....

Jul 10, 2017

Little Mashel Falls....

Summer is for outings,
for exploring,
for embracing nature...
 
 
sitting on a rock
at the base of a waterfall,
this all happens...
 
the world fades out.
 
when I went on my hike
I chose to enjoy the moment
and not bring my camera...
but,  I pulled my cell phone out so much
 and the place was so beautiful
I decided to share...
so bear with me and my blurry shots :-)

 
walking along old train tracks...

 
and old growth forests,
it was a five mile hike...
 

 
the first glimpse
of the big fall inspires me to pick up my pace...
 
these are Little Mashel Falls
in Eatonville, WA

 
polls of still waters,
a perfect place to dig your toes...
 
I dipped mine several times
unintentionally
as a crossed the slippery rocks...


 
this blurry flower was actually
quite lovely...
 

 
as I descended and drew near the falls
I saw the swimming hole at the base...
 
a mini paradise,
I am coming back soon with my swim suit...

 
on the return trip I saw an old foundation
where a building had once stood,
across from it this Rose grew...


left to itself in the shady forest
it had survived,
thrived...
 
and climbed high into the trees...
 
no shrinking violet,
it had climbed high to find its own sunshine...
 



after the hike,
I decided to visit...
 
it is always a delightful place to visit
at the base of Mount Rainier in Ashford, WA
 

 
 

'
 this caboose is a new addition,
amazing in the details...
 
if you ever visit Mount Rainier
make a trip down to visit
Dan Klennert
and enjoy his work...
 
 
 
 
Thanks for coming along....

Jul 5, 2017

A Garden Wedding...

There are all kinds of weddings...
 
but none are sweeter than garden weddings...

 
the beautiful photos
 I will be sharing
with you are photos my brother took of the wedding...
 
I had a date
and I don't know if bringing my camera on a date is quite appropriate...
 
 
it was a magical night last weekend
as I watched two lovely friends
Rob and Carrie wed...
 


this was the first vignette
as you walked into their garden.
the guestbook table...
 
Carrie and her talented family did all the decorating.
 
and truthfully it was the cutest
wedding I have ever attended...
 
it was beautiful
and yet comfortable....
 


 seating beneath the old growth forest,
a late afternoon wedding...
 
as they shared their vows,
birds sang in the forest,
butterflies fluttered by...
 
it was pure magic.
 
 
 


each table centerpiece was unique
but, each included
 a bird,
a bird cage,
garden flowers,
fairy lights,
and a little chalk board with their names.
The table I sat at the chalk board said
Rob was Carried away :-)


 
no detail or comfort was forgotten,
a scavenger hunt through the forest for the young
and young at heart...
 
bug spray with a sign
"be BITTEN by LOVE not BUGS" 


 
each guest was given a spruce sapling as a wedding souvenir
so their love could grow...
 

 
it was a beautiful night,
they are a beautiful couple...
I wish them a long beautiful life,
ever after...
 
I want to thank my brother
James Walton
for allowing me to share his lovely photos...
and I'd like to share with you his Red Bubble page
where you can have his work
 printed onto dozens of different items from t-shirts to mugs...
 
 
Hugs to You all....

Jun 29, 2017

A Rose Crown...

 
Roses,
Crowns,
Dogs...
 
these are a few of my favorite things....
 


I made a crown of Roses,
my heart
made pitter pats of silly joy...
 
I'm going to make many more this Summer,
I hope you don't tire of seeing them...
 



pure whimsy,
pure romance...
 
a fairytale...
 




it is so simple,
if anyone would like a tutorial
I would be happy to make one...
 



I used 
Feverfew
and False Indigo
for filler...
 

 
a perfect rose
under a veil...
 


ah, yes
the Dogs...
 
they are never far from me as I take photos
 
wondering if anything
 I am working with is tasty
 no doubt....
 
here Cosmo sneaks in for a closer peek...
 



the Girls
(Daisy & Iris)...
 
they are coy,
know how to play it cool
and just lounge in the sun...
 
 


“She wore flowers in her hair
and carried magic secrets in her eyes.
 She spoke to no one.
She spent hours on the riverbank.
She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims...”
Arundhati Roy


 
 
 
Stop and Wear Flowers in Your Hair...

Jun 26, 2017

Summer Things...

Summer....
 
in theory the days are lazy,
but, for me they have been so busy...
 
gardening,
garage sales,
long lunches with friends,
dating <3,
I joined a fitness competition at my gym,
and just
soaking up the sun...
 


this beautiful Purple Book
with a Crown on the front
was my favorite and cheapest garage sale find last Summer...
 
simple things thrill me <3
 

 
I knew it would look lovely with roses...
 
here the giant first flush
of Gertrude Jekyll is drawing to a close,
faded petal liter the gazebo floor...
 
soaking up the sun
 won over gardening the last few days
now there is much to catch up on...

 
 “I feel as if I had opened a book
 and found roses of yesterday
 sweet and fragrant, between its leaves.”
   
― L.M. Montgomery    
Anne of the Island
 






books feel as though they have a soul,
wisdom....
 

 
simple things,
great joys...
 
life is good.
 
Happy New Week....