Monet’s Garden at Giverny …

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Monet's water garden

Monet’s water garden

Now.  It is time.  Let me explain: We traveled to Paris four months ago and then I started a new work schedule, and then the kids’ gruelling swimming and Irish dancing schedules kicked in and life in general has just kept me all too busy to write about our wonderful trip to Monet’s garden.   But now, following the terrible events in Paris on Friday the 13th of November,  the situation has presented itself to me that to write about Monet’s garden will in some small way connect me to the people of Paris.  There is too much beauty in our world to let the ugly acts of a few destroy that.  So please, come with me on a little escape into the beautiful world of Monet’s Gardens…

beauty and tranquility

beauty and tranquility

I enjoyed the water gardens immensely. There was something peaceful and beautiful in that experience, despite being surrounded by many, many people!

water lilies

water lilies

I love the water.

collage of water lilies

collage of water lilies

plashes of pink

splashes of pink

such a sunny day to enjoy the beautiful views

such a sunny day to enjoy the beautiful views

You are HERE

You are HERE

Before touring a different section of the gardens, here are a few pictures from the inside of Monet’ house.

inside of Monet's house

looking out into the gardens

This room housed many copies of the artist’s work.  There was a large, lovely window looking out into the gardens, as well.

another view

another view

Inside Monets house more paintings

The dining room.

The dining room

Color played an important role in the house, as can be noted in the (quite) yellow dining room.

The working kitchen had beautiful blue tiles

The working kitchen had beautiful blue tiles

The blue tiles in the working kitchen were my favorite, though.

View from upstairs in the house

View from upstairs in the house

My son was nice enough to take a picture of the rest of the family in front of Monet's house

My son was nice enough to take a picture of the rest of the family in front of Monet’s house

Let me now welcome you into the gardens at the front of the house.

View of the pink house with green shutters

View of the pink house with green shutters

The house is pink.  Truly pink… with green shutters.  :-)

arches of flowers and so much color!

arches of flowers and so much color!

which angle is best...

which angle is best…

of course there were chickens

of course there were chickens

I simply loved all of it

I simply loved all of it

a picture with no people!

a picture with no people!

I loved how they worked this cooking apple tree into hedging

I loved how they worked this cooking apple tree into hedging

apple tree hedging

apple tree hedging

It was rather difficult to get a good view of "everything"

It was rather difficult to get a good view of “everything”

so I captured groupings of flowers and colors ... or so that was my intention!

so I captured groupings of flowers and colors … or so that was my intention!

the orange section

the orange section

the yellow section

the yellow section

pinks and purples

pinks and purples and a piece of the house in the upper left corner of the picture

lots and lots of pinks...

lots and lots of pinks…

my new favorite: a mimosa tree!

my new favorite: a mimosa tree!

gorgeous colors all around the garden

gorgeous colors all around the garden

You can almost feel the sun with these pictures!

I can almost feel the sun with these pictures

Monets Flowers collage orange reds

yellow collage

yellow collage

peach

peach

more yellows

more yellows

timeless beauties

timeless beauties

splashes of color everywhere

splashes of color everywhere

There are sad times in our world today.   But I hope we don’t stop showing compassion and love for one another, or stop enjoying the beauty which is all around us.  Our prayers are of course with all of those affected by terrorism.
With Love and In Peace,
Dana

I'm not sure if it is so dreary now because of the world events and the recent weather, but the colors in this picture really jumped out at me...

a pop of color in what feels like “gray times”…

 

Wordless Wednesday: Color me RED (said the sheep)

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Black and Red: the colors of Killaney, County Monaghan

Black and Red: the colors of Killaney, County Monaghan

As always, my wordless Wednesday picture most definitely needs a few words!  Just about every morning I drive through a lovely little place called Killaney while on my way to bring my girls swimming in Monaghan town.  I have to say that most people in Ireland are GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) supporters, and in Killaney, around the time of the GAA finals, they show their support for the local team by coloring their black sheep half red to match the black and red colors of the team.  I saw the sheep and just could not resist taking their picture!

Go team!

Go team!

I don’t think the sheep mind too much; no more so than my taking their picture!

I hope you are well.  I’ve missed blogging and hope to get back to it soon.
I hope my post made you smile :-)

Happy Fall!
Dana

My “show someone special how special they are” Blanket

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It all starts with circles...

It all starts with an idea … and circles

This is not the blogpost which I had promised months ago.  You remember, don’t you?  Monet’s garden!  Yes, I promised, and I am looking forward to sharing my millions of flower pictures with you, just not today.

lots of colours

lots of colours

Today’s post is about reaching out to a special someone in your life, and letting them know how special they are to you.   I bet you just thought of at least 3 people!  I am pretty sure that most people don’t even know how special they are to others.

lots and lots of tiny pieces make up the whole... just like in life :-)

lots and lots of tiny pieces make up the whole… just like in our relationships :-)

I am also pretty sure that every one of us is special to at least one someone.  Those words of encouragement, or no words at all while you listened, or the errand you ran because you could; all of those things add up.  The little things really are what matter most.

it takes time and patience

it takes time, patience and persistence… I sense a theme here

If we could just make the world a little nicer one smile at a time. (and oh, by the way, THANK YOU to the gentleman who helped me put air in my tires at the gas station last night! Your act of kindness was so appreciated!)

there are good days when we get loads done, and then there are other days when we just have to accept whatever we get done

there are good days when we get loads done, and then there are other days when we just have to accept what is…

The special someone I made the blanket for, well, I just wanted to show her how much she means to me.  She is a real gem. She doesn’t live nearby, and I haven’t figured out how to mail a hug just yet.  So I thought that with a blanket, it would be like me giving her a hug when she used it! (Yes, I know … that is just me.)

putting them all together

putting them all together

{ For my crocheting friends: The yarn is “Simply Soft” by Caron.  This is the third blanket I’ve made using the Simply Soft yarn, because I absolutely love it.  The pattern for the modified Sunshine Granny Square I found on-line for free here (http://nittybits.blogspot.ie/2013/01/sunburst-granny-square-blanket-tutorial.html), while I just figured out the joining process. I tried the join-as-you-go method first, but found it to be too messy for my liking, so I joined them at the end in a fairly traditional manner.  It is always great to learn something new!}

I used a lot of colours!

There are 11 different colour combinations.

It was a new pattern to me. I especially love what I see as butterflies in the corners where the squares are connected! Do you see them? :-)

It was a new pattern to me. I especially love what I see as butterflies in the corners where the squares are connected! Do you see them? :-)

It is just big enough to keep you cozy while sitting and reading a book or watching tv

It is just big enough to keep you cozy while sitting and reading a book or watching tv (10 squares by 12 squares)

This is the back of it! I think the rows where they are stitched together look neat here, too!

This is the back of it! I like the different look of the back, with the ridges from where they are crocheted together.

a very simple edging

a very simple edging

I think hugs are pretty good, too, if you don’t know how to crochet. :-)

Go on, show that special someone you care!

blanket on our kiddie rocking chair (before I put the border on it)

blanket on our kiddie rocking chair (before I put the border on it)

In Peace,
Dana

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Stained Glass of Notre Dame

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My favourite window in all of Paris...

My favourite window in all of Paris…

This post really and truly needs no words. A few pictures of just two windows inside of Notre Dame from our recent visit to Paris.

Stained glass window, Notre Dame

Stained glass window, Notre Dame

Which window to photograph...

Which window to photograph…

Close up of same window

Close up of same window

I think they are incredibly beautiful! I hope you like them, too.

Happy Wednesday!
Dana

In a Vase on Monday: Sweet Pea Sweetness on a Pot

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Sweet pea in a vase sitting on my antique potty chair

Sweet pea in a vase sitting on my antique potty chair

I’ve missed a few “In a Vase on Monday” memes, so even though it is 11:40 P.M.  I am sneaking in with my post!  You can join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and all those who have linked to her blog,  to see what everyone has gathered from her garden this week.  Here’s the link: https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/in-a-vase-on-monday-xtravaganza/

in our front hall

in our front hall

I was having a little bit of fun with this.  You know, sweet smelling flowers on a potty chair! :-)

sweetness on the potty chair ;-)

sweetness on the potty chair ;-)

I love the evening sunlight coming into our front hallway.

Sweet Peas in front of the sweet peas

Sweet Peas in front of the sweet peas (you can just make them out in the background)

My Father-in-law started these from seeds he’d collected from my plants last year.  Phew, did you get that?  He gave them to me in cute little pots that were supposed to be planted right away… Eventually we got to planting them in the ground!  So my plants are very late.  I’ve been cutting them now in the hopes of bringing on more flowers.  We’ll see!

last week's sweet peas

last week’s sweet peas blending in with the garden

My vase of Sweet Peas was even more full last week!  I loved how they kind of flopped all around in the vase, so I used the same vase this week.

blending well in the garden

blending well in the garden

 

up close

up close

 

adding a lovely scent to our   back room

adding a lovely scent to our back room

Last week I had the vase in our back room.  The scent really does fill the room!

What’s growing in your garden this week that you can throw into a vase? I’d love to see it!

Happy Monday!
Dana

A Family Holiday in Paris + Helpful Tips

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Bienvenue  Welcome to Paris!  (all in flowers and greenery)

A ‘Welcome’ sign at the airport made with flowers and greenery

Our children are 16, 15 and 11 years old.  When we sat down with them to plan our family vacation we weren’t sure what to expect.  We happily discovered that they weren’t too old to go on holiday with us, that they were interested to explore a city,  and that in fact they were quite happy to do so!

We walked through Place de la Concord early to explore the Louvre.

An early walk through Place de la Concorde

My husband and I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to Paris a few times.  This visit would be to show the kids how amazing, beautiful, and full of history Paris is.

fabulous evening sunlight

fabulous evening sunlight

I have to say that planning ahead is helpful. Start by making sure you are fit! There are so many stairs to climb all over the city!

We were walkable to this park outside the Louvre.  The 'arch' in the background is a smaller version of the Arc de Triomphe.

We were within walking distance to ‘Place de la Concorde’ which is the largest public square in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe can be seen in the background. Behind the fountain is an Egyptian obelisk.

We stayed in what we found to be a central location: Madeleine.  We booked an apartment through airBnB which worked out wonderfully.  It was a 10 minute walk to the metro station.

La Madeleine church

La Madeleine church

These details amaze me!

These details amaze me!

The best and easiest advice is to start your day early.  The mornings we were at attractions by 9:30 A.M. or 10:00 A.M. we were first in line or nearly so.  The mornings the teens needed to sleep late, well let’s just say we spent too much time in queues. ;-)

A view of just part of the Eiffel Tower to show the first and second levels

A view of just part of the Eiffel Tower to show the first and second levels

It goes without saying that everything in Paris is spectacular!  Take the Eiffel Tower for example; what a sight!  We arrived at 9:30 A.M. and walked right up (no line) to pay to climb the stairs.  I would highly recommend taking the stairs, all 670 of them to reach the second level! There are signs with interesting facts to read along the way. I think they have it set up that way so as to give everyone time to breathe while they read!  My children preferred to go non-stop, I think to show us up!  It is possible to walk around the first level and take pictures.  We did this, caught our breath and then began our climb to the second level.

A picture of us looking down through glass while on the first level of the Eiffel Tower.  The little 'dots' are people down below!

A picture of us looking down through glass while on the first level of the Eiffel Tower. The little ‘dots’ are people down below!

From the second level there is an elevator available to take you to the top.  The elevator happened to be closed for an “hour” while we were there so we opted not to wait.  We found the views at the first level to be the best, anyway.

a 'perspective' shot

a ‘perspective’ shot

Sights of Paris from the first level of the Eiffel Tower

Sights of Paris from the first level of the Eiffel Tower

view from first level of Eiffel Tower

view from first level of Eiffel Tower

We had pre-booked a boat tour of the Seine to follow our Eiffel Tower visit.  This was a short distance from the Eiffel tower and since it was still early in the morning there was minimal wait. The weather was lovely to sit and enjoy the sights from the top deck. I’d highly recommend this.

boat tour on the Seine

boat tour on the Seine

A full view of the Eiffel tower during our boat tour on the Seine

A view of the Eiffel tower during our boat tour on the Seine

fun fish art along the Seine on our boat tour

fun fish art along the Seine on our boat tour

I was always on the look out for flowers and gardens!

houseboat along the Seine

houseboat along the Seine

a close up of the houseboat garden

a close up of the houseboat garden

boats along the Seine

boats along the Seine

I loved the buildings along the Seine...

I loved the buildings along the Seine…

Boat tour buildings... top photo is part of the Louvre

Boat tour buildings… top photo is part of the Louvre which extends for blocks

Next best piece of advice: use the side entrance of the Louvre (Porte de Lions), and be there for opening time.  There was no one at the side entrance when we arrived while we could see the line outside the glass pyramid of the main entrance! That is just crazy.

Building(s) and Statues around the Louvre

Building(s) and Statues around the Louvre (to the right of here is the way to the side entrance)

evening sunlight on these majestic buildings

evening sunlight on the same majestic building as photo above

The Louvre glass pyramid entrance in evening light

The Louvre glass pyramid entrance in evening light

If you prefer to miss the mob, then head straight for the Mona Lisa.  Even when we went there first thing, the painting was surrounded by people.  Later on the mob is many more people deep!

and here she is...

and here she is…

It is best to do a little bit of research before heading to the Louvre as it is huge!  Don’t go and just wander (experience talking here…).

a few of my favourite things in the Louvre

a few of my favourite things in the Louvre

Here's a look inside of the musee d'orsay

Here’s a look inside of the musee d’orsay

One of our afternoons we went to Musée d’Orsay, which is on the left bank of the Seine. It was less than an hour wait outside to see the collections of major 19th & 20th century European art.  Again, it is so helpful to know which artists’ works you’d like to see because if you just wander you might not have the energy to enjoy seeing everything!  I love impressionist art, so I had my rooms marked :-)

Different views of/from Notre Dame

Different views of/from Notre Dame

We arrived at Notre Dame late in the afternoon to a queue that completely wrapped around the courtyard out front.  But this queue went incredibly quickly and within a half hour we were inside Notre Dame.  Writing “it was beautiful” is not a strong enough statement.

incredible beauty

incredible beauty

The downside of arriving in the late afternoon is that we were not able to climb to the top (either first or second levels).  Our schedule was such that it was early the next afternoon before we were able to return, which meant an hour and a half wait to climb Notre Dame.  We took turns going into nearby shops, getting coffee, and some people watching (lots of people watching).  But the wait to climb the 270 (approximately!) steps to the top was worth it. W.O.W.!

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Another afternoon walk led us to the Arc de Triomphe (Arch de Triumph).  This is also climbable.  At this stage we’d already seen the city from up high and we opted to just enjoy the views from street level.

A look at the catacombs. The top left picture gives an indication of  how far down below the city the tunnels are.

A look at the catacombs. The top left picture gives an indication of how far down below the city the tunnels are.

The Catacombs in Paris were on my husbands “must see” list and so off we went to 1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy to investigate.  This was one time we’d all wished we’d started our day a whole lot earlier.  The wait was going to be more than two hours long. We decided to join a guided tour at a much higher price (€29 instead of the standard €10 entrance fee) but which allowed us to skip the queue.  It was so worth it! Our kids were enthralled!  Do you know the history of the catacombs?

We learned that the catacombs home the remains of six million Parisians.  The tunnels from the original quarries of the city were used to house the remains of people from the late 18th and mid 19th centuries after the graveyards were closed due to public health issues.

The bones are arranged in ‘a macabre display of high Romantic taste’ ( see more at http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/en/catacombs/more-2000-years-history).   This was such an interesting tour that we are glad to not have missed.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (we called this the "mini arc")

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (we called this the “mini arc”)

Phew! Those five days were so full and exhausting and wonderful!

Flowers in Paris

Flowers in Paris

My next post will be about our visit to Monet’s garden in Giverny!  So much to write, so little time! :-)

we had a little bit of fun taking selfies :-)

we had a little bit of fun taking selfies all around Paris :-)

In preparing for this post I have spent hours going through photos and remembering the many wonderful things we did and enjoyed on our trip.  I have only mentioned a few things here!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer where ever you may be.

Happy Travels,
Dana

 

 

 

A Crochet ‘Fairy Doll’ Handbag

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Fairy Colours of 'passion', pink, and green

Fairy Colours of ‘passion’, pink, and green

Did you ever make something and just could not believe how well it came out? :-)  I *love it* when that happens!  My little God-daughter’s sixth birthday was coming up and I wasn’t sure what to get her.  Then I learned she was having a fairy themed party because she’s taken a liking to fairies…

Tassie Design 'Fairy & Elf Collections'

Tassie Design ‘Fairy & Elf Collections’

I had this lovely little fairy doll that I decided would be perfect to give her.  The fairy has bendable arms and legs.  I found a website for the company that sells them: http://fromtheretohereimports.com/?page_id=6  The fairy dolls are actually designed and made by a family business in Thailand. It is an interesting story, but I’m getting a bit off-topic!

purse before the button...

handbag before the center buttons were sewn on…

But wouldn’t it be nice to have a ‘fairy doll’ handbag to carry the fairy doll? Such is the way my brain works, and thus the idea was formed.  The doll inspired the colours for the handbag; that and the fact that I had the yarn to hand so I was happy to use those colours! I have to say that the Caron ‘Simply Soft’ yarn is fantastic.  I have done a few different projects with it now, and every one is that bit nicer because of the softness of the yarn.

fairy with a view

fairy with a view

The ‘passion’ colour is definitely my favourite. The soft pink did a nice job of breaking up the sameness of the two main colours. The lime green yarn is not the Caron brand. In fact, it was some scrap yarn I bought to only make flower petals with.  But I loved the way it really brightened up the passion colour!

two contrasting colour buttons

very simple crochet stitches… two contrasting colour buttons

Those two buttons were in my button collection, just waiting for a neat little project like this!

hand sewn...

hand sewn, as if that isn’t obvious…

So… my least favourite thing to do is sew. That is probably because I am not very good at it.  This small task of creating a lining should have been a very quick and easy job on a sewing machine.  But I don’t have a sewing machine, and borrowing one was going to take longer than just getting to work and sewing it myself. I’ll chalk it up to being ‘good experience’!  (But next time I think I’ll make the effort to borrow one!)

finished lining

finished lining

I was really surprised with how it came out. It even fit! :-)

sewing in the lining

sewing in the lining

I spent many, many hours on pinterest looking for pattern ideas for the handbag.  I could lose so many hours on Pinterest, it is not even funny. I love getting new ideas there!

 

Crochet purse

Simple stitches to create a basic, yet sweet, pattern

I designed the handbag myself, based on a couple of different styles I found.  I challenged myself a bit with the top flap.  It would have been easier to just leave the top open.  But sure, then all of the little princess’ things would fall out! ;-)

finished.

finished.

It all just fell into place. (read: I figured it out as I went along!)

Fairy purse

Fairy handbag

The handle is called a ‘granny strap’ and involved learning “foundation single crochet”. But it is really easy to find instructions on-line and videos, too!  It was worth learning as I really like the look that it gives.

sparkly side button

sparkly side button on the ‘granny strap’

I was quite happy with the finished project.  I had used my 11 year old daughter to roughly gauge how long to make the strap.  I think it worked out O.K. based on how cute it looks on the little princess.

Little princess with her Fairy Purse & Fairy

Little princess with her Fairy Handbag & Fairy

Go on, try making something new! You just might end up making something beautiful and having fun, too!

With crocheting needle,
Dana

The websites I used for inspiration:

http://koalakidsfashion.blogspot.ie/2012/03/crazy-flowers-purse-crochet-pattern.html

https://www.etsy.com/listing/85170392/crochet-pattern-purse-garden-scene?ref=shop_home_feat_2

http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/2011/1/granny-straps.aspx

 

A Sunflower Garden For Me…

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a view before the full bloom is as beautiful as the full bloom

a view before the full bloom is as beautiful as the full bloom

I am not sure if a love of gardening is something that is inherently inside of you.  Or maybe the interest starts with a teeny tiny seed of curiosity and then with tending, time, and trial & error that curiosity grows into a full fledge love of gardening.

a different perspective

a different perspective

My first memory of noticing flowers was when I was in college.  Is that late? Even at that I was just thinking “hmm, those are pretty”…  It was not until years later that  I had the chance to grow my own flowers.  I was pretty busy with young kids, so it was a very small garden.  My next door neighbour, a Master Gardener herself, assured me that one day I’d have plenty of time to have a garden, and that a small garden was a great start.  A very kind and wise woman!

My first garden (spring time)

A look at my first garden in the spring

My first garden later in the summer

My first garden later in the summer

It was a good start! It was also a great learning experience. What I love about our garden now is that we mix it up every year and try something new.  This year, our new addition is the sunflower.  Oh wow!  I am in love!

the bees are also enjoying the sun flowers

the bees are also enjoying the sunflowers

These guys are only about two to three feet high but boy are they lovely!  My father-in-law started them from seed in his glass house for me. He could grow *anything* from seed!  That is a whole other story as he is simply a gifted gardener!

teepee structure

teepee structure

I know these guys are rather short for sunflowers, but our area is incredibly windy.  One afternoon I was watching the bigger plants sway back and forth and I just couldn’t sit there and do nothing.  My daughter and I  tied up some sticks in a teepee formation around the bigger plants.  They just seemed that bit more secure to me!

more and more blooms

more and more blooms

They are all coming into bloom now and it is a lovely sight to see.

Sunflowers with a full apple tree behind them

Sunflowers with an apple laden apple tree behind them

Some of the flowers have multiple blooms

Some of the flowers have multiple blooms

The group of them together  makes me think of a group of gals hanging together and chatting! ;-)

Sunflower view in the evening

Sunflower view in the evening (a week or so ago)

A look at the garden now

A look at the garden now

Our garden is definitely a work in progress! We have strawberries on the far left, peas front right, with blueberries behind them. On the left in front of the strawberries we have garlic and squash.  Way in the back on the right are the asparagus fronds.  I think the sunflowers frame the garden nicely!

Sunflowers later in July

Sunflowers in mid July

The most important aspect of gardening though, is having fun with it.  I now have my growing love of photography also spurring on my working in the garden.  That makes all of the required weeding worth while!

I hope I have encouraged you to try growing something new in the garden! What do you think, will you give it a try? :-)

With flowers,
Dana

 

In a Vase on Monday: Pink, White & Blue

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Delphinium, shasta daisy, Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

Delphinium ‘cobalt dreams’, shasta daisy, Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

Just recently I found myself looking through my past blog posts.  My husband and I had a discussion and he felt I’d strayed away from my original ‘blogging about the garden’ plan since this past year I mainly posted on Mondays for the meme  ‘In a Vase on Monday’. I saw his point in that I certainly need to blog more about what is going on in the garden.  But I loved looking through what flowers I was able to create arrangements with during the different months.

close-up of that pretty blue!

close-up of that pretty blue!

So I will continue to join Cathy on Mondays at Rambling in the Garden https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/in-a-vase-on-monday-baby-face/   for her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme, and I will set a goal of having at least one other post per week. Start out small and go from there! :-)

our pewter water goblet

Our pewter water goblet. Can you see the picture of the ‘stamping of the grapes’?

This week my delphinium ‘cobalt dreams’ had one stem that was broken.  I bought three of these plants just this past month and they are doing so well.  They are quite showy! I think the blue and white are lovely. So I was happy enough to use the broken stem.

dusty miller

Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

The dusty miller Lychnis Coronaria is just going crazy in my garden this year! It has taken over half its bed.  All of this is from one small plant two years ago! I will have to move some (a lot?) of it to another location where it an spread without getting in the way of other plants.

Daisies and Delphinium

Daisies and Delphinium

The above picture shows my blue delphiniums and my not yet blooming shasta daisies (to the right of the delphiniums)!  That was taken late last week and they only started to bloom yesterday! They were divided early this spring, so they’ll be in two places along the ditch-wall garden.

a very 'red, white and blue' look

a very ‘red, white and blue’ look

A rather simple arrangement, with an almost red, white & blue hue!  Maybe you’ll join the meme?  Or at least visit to have a look-see at what others have created? I hope you will.

Happy summer!
Dana

I am an American

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Happy Independence Day to my American friends and family!

Stars and Stripes napkins

Stars and Stripes napkins

It is a day to celebrate everything that being an American entails, but most of all our freedom.

Red, White & Blue

Red, White & Blue

It is a day for parades, picnics, bar-b-ques, being with friends and family, and fireworks.

Roses and Iris from the garden

Roses and Iris from the garden

It is a day to celebrate.

Showing my American colours

Showing my American colours

Happy 4th of July!  I hope it is a wonderful celebration for you and your friends and family!!!

our American flag

our American flag

In Peace,
Dana

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