No, I don’t actually know what these are called, but they are definitely fun to look at!
The Iris has become one of my favorite flowers. I love the soft looking ruffled petals. They look so delicate, but they last for a pretty long time. I’m not sure I have anything else planted in my yard that the bloom stays on looking great at it’s peak for as long as an Iris.
This is one of my favorite times of year. Dance costume/picture/recital time!
I loved these. They look like those giant flowers kids would make using tissue paper. The petals have that same look. Even the stem looks like what you’d see in the floral department of a craft store.
Yesterday was a wonderful day. Hubby and the kids took me to an arboretum, giving me loads of flowers to photograph. It was crazy hot for a mid May day and we were all really done by the time we made a lap through one of the heavily treed trails, but it was awesome.
So, I started my research for an editor and a cover designer. Then I just kind of hit this wall. The sheer volume of different types of editors and pricing and the lists of different steps you need to take with each different one and just… everything. It sent me into kind of a tailspin. It was so overwhelming I just had to step away.
The Chokecherry is one of my favorite trees. While it is in its growing season, it is just almost always interesting or unique. When it comes out in the spring, it starts with these medium green leaves and shortly after, usually in mid to late April or early May, it puts on these gorgeous white blossom clusters, much like a Lilac bush. The entire tree is just covered in them. Sadly, I didn’t manage to get a pic when the blooms were at their peak. These have already dropped about half the flowers from the clusters.
After the flowers are done and you are left with what looks like most any other tree, June hits and suddenly those pretty medium green leaves start to change to this beautiful, deep plum color that it hangs on to until the fall where that darkens before the leaves finally drop for the season.
I have two of these in my yard and would probably have at least a couple more if I had the room for them. It makes for a stunning show when they are paired with other trees that remain vibrant green through the summer. It has taken several years, but I have this park like feel to my back yard now that these and my other trees have finally gotten some good height and growth on them. The blooms are done for the season, but I will be watching for the signs of the color change towards the end of the month.
BG and I were in and out the front door the other night watching a storm roll in. After it started raining, we were standing just inside when she noticed an invader.
I have finally finished the last of the suggested edits I have for my book. Those are edits I’ve gotten from my two beta readers. I also managed to get a last complete read through completed once those were done to make sure the changes I made didn’t mess anything up in the process.
All that means is that I’m now at the point where I need to hire an editor and a cover designer. I don’t have either one picked out yet, so that means it is time to do some heavy duty research. I know what I’ll be working on next week!
I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a dandelion close enough to notice the tiny little curled spirals on the ends of the petals. I’ve never realized how pretty they can be.
The first year we were in this house, I planted a bunch of spring bulbs. Tulips, Hyacinths, Crocus and Daffodils. The following year, I had a decent showing, then… nothing. I think something must have gotten to them, because almost nothing came up after that and I never bothered to replant.
I have complained and whined and moaned, I can’t count how many times, about how much I despise water problems and/or plumbing. Seems my long bad streak when it comes to these things isn’t anywhere near being done.