Between the Heat & Smoke

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I haven’t written in my blog for quiet some time. I am sorry for this but the heat in California has been constant this summer and oppressive. We’ve now added to that by having large sections of the state on fire.

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Sepia Dahlias

This has all left me a bit unable to find the beautiful color in the world around me. I know that sounds crazy but I’ve always tried to find the bright side of any circumstance and here I am, a little gloomy.

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Color’s Coming Back

I do feel that the temperatures are moving into a Fall like pattern, so the cooler air should help the fire fighters and it will surely lift my spirits which will result in causing me to view the world in my usual way. Hooray! 

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Dahlia’s In Full Bloom & Color

There you have it. The world in full color, courtesy of the garden in our own backyard. Go out and smell the flowers. It will make you feel better.

(Could have gone way beyond “heat and smoke” with all the craziness that is going on in the world today. I decided to tackle one thing at a time, mainly those things that I might have a little control over.) Have a Very Happy Weekend!

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Delightful Colors

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I decided to share my favorite photo from my vacation and it has grown into seven.  I am not one to take photos of my food, but on this occasion it seemed something that I must do.  You see, the kitchen brought a bit of the garden to the table and it was as beautifully done as the garden itself.

From Garden to Table

From Garden to Table

This dessert was so delightful that we wished that we had not shared it.  We wished that we had each consumed our own.

Lavender and Lemon Pound Cake

Lavender and Lemon Pound Cake

The colors in the private garden were amazing and it gives you a glimpse of the overall feeling of the entire garden.  It is so thoughtful that the tourists can only peek into this area.

Jennie Butchart's Private Garden

Jennie Butchart’s Private Garden

All the colors continue throughout the sunken garden.

Sunken Garden

Sunken Garden

Those colors that came to our table, must have been inspired with the dahlia garden in mind.

Dahlia Garden and Bees

Dahlia Garden and Bees

Another favorite of mine, was the begonia garden, as it reminded me of Antonelli Brothers Begonia Gardens when I was a child in Santa Cruz, CA.

Beautiful Begonia

Beautiful Begonia

This is the stairway leading to the overlook in the sunken garden.  I realize that I seem stuck on this place, but the colors, those wonderful colors, remain with you for days after you have visited.  With Fall in the air, those colors make me look forward to Spring.

Sunken Garden Stairs

Sunken Garden Stairs

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour.  Have a splendid weekend and go out and drink in the colors that you find, they’re everywhere!

It’s Busy In The Garden

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I recently traveled up to Canada and spent six hours in The Butchart Gardens.  It was divine!  I’ve been slow on my posts because of this trip, and I hope to share some special moments with you, now that I have returned.  The garden is a very busy place.  It is not only busy with tourists but insects too.  It was easier to catch a flower with a bug on it than not.  I think the insects should be included in photos with the flowers; if we did not have them working so hard, we would be in sorry shape here on Earth.

Getting nectar from the flowers.

Getting nectar from the flowers.

The Sunken Garden was one of my favorite places at Butchart Gardens.  It is filled with flowers and this is surely the place that I would want to be, if I were a bee.  This area was filled with people, but if you are patient, you can catch a photo without people and have a bee included, as they are happily flying about everywhere.

Life in The Sunken Garden.

Life in The Sunken Garden.

Look at the legs on this bee.  Busy, productive day.

Legs heavy with pollen.

Legs heavy with pollen.

The Dahlia’s were in full bloom and absolutely beautiful.  We had gone to The Dahlia Barn outside of North Bend, WA and are eagerly awaiting our April shipment, 2015.

Blending In

Blending In

Working Together

Working Together

I’m off to organize the trip with my photos.  I’m going to try to be back on my Tuesday blog schedule by next week.  Until then, go out and smell the roses, clip the dahlias for a bouquet, and fully enjoy your weekend.

Praying In The Garden

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I found this tiny green, 3/4″ insect, on the back of my husband’s shirt the other evening.  It was glorious outside and we were just about ready to dine, al fresco.  I decided to quickly return it to the tomato plants.  My husband had been watering the garden, and I figured that he, or more likely she, had come from that spot in our yard.  I could see a pinpoint dot on the left eye and It reminded me of one of it’s ancestors, that I had come in contact with before, I’m sure.  A couple of years ago, near this very same garden area was a much larger praying mantid.  It was not happy to see me at all!  It too, had it’s tiny left eye pointed at me.  I found it on a dahlia, in-between the fragrant glut of gardenia’s and the vegetable garden.  

ImageKeep coming back guys.  You are welcome in my garden any time, even if you do have a bit of an attitude.  If I ate what you eat, I’d have an attitude too!  (So happy that you help out around here.)