Wordless Wednesday: A memory trigger Tulip

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Blushing Lady tulip

Blushing Lady tulip

First I must start with clarifying that “Wordless Wednesday” for me means a blog post with very “light” content!  :-)  Now, on to the topic at hand… Do you know what I mean by “A memory trigger”?  Something that brings back memories:  Scents can often be memory triggers, or a song, or even a flower.

Blushing Lady tulip

Blushing Lady tulip

I started gardening when we moved into our first house, in New York.  I didn’t spend a lot of time in the garden, though, because I had three babies and never enough energy, not to mention time.  One type of flower I did plant, though, was a variety of this Blushing Lady tulip.  The only difference is that the original variety had a lovely scent.

Blushing Lady tulips next to our play house

Blushing Lady tulips next to our play house

I try really hard not to impulse buy with plants, but I saw a bag of these Blushing Lady bulbs in the store last year and that was it.  I just had to have them. For me, they brought me right back to my days of having babies and carefree days playing in the yard with them.  My oldest child is turning 18 this summer!

creating a bed just for them

creating a bed just for them

I’ve been wanting to create some flower beds around our play house and this was a perfect incentive to get the job started. I like the pink & yellow tulips with the playhouse background.  I like the pink & yellow tulips full-stop!   I’m not really sure what is going to be planted with them.  I’m sure something will present itself!

Do you have any plant memory triggers?

In peace,
Dana

Wordless Wednesday: Betty’s quilt

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Betty's quilt

Betty’s quilt

Last week’s Wordless Wednesday featured a picture in my friend Susan’s kitchen. This week I am featuring a picture from my friend Betty’s kitchen.  I wonder if this is going to be a new trend?  :-)

I’m really failing on this “Wordless” part because I must tell you about how wonderful Betty, and her husband Harold, are!  I took this picture in their kitchen last summer when I had the pleasure of visiting them. They were our next door neighbors for ten years when we lived in Central New York.   Their house is filled with so many neat antiques.  They are both 87 years young and still doing the things they love to do, like gardening, quilting and painting!

Simply amazing

Simply amazing

Betty made this quilt and I think it is so beautiful!  Just looking at it makes me smile and think of how much we enjoyed being their neighbors and having an “extra set” of grandparents right next door.

Capture the moment, share the love, and cherish the memories.

In peace,
Dana

Doing what makes you happy

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bouquet of daffodils (no flash)

bouquet of daffodils (no flash)

Oh my goodness gracious me!  I am in need of slowing down and taking some nice deep breaths!  Phew! Life is going way too fast for me. Anyone else feel that way?

Narcissi Blazing Starlet

Narcissi Blazing Starlet

I returned to the outside workforce about 18 months ago after being a stay-at-home mom for 16 years.  I absolutely love working, but boy it can be tough trying to do it all!

Ice King (carnation like daffodils)

Ice King (carnation like daffodils). You can see the raindrops on the flowers!

There are times I find myself completely out of breath just *thinking* about all that my husband and I do for our family.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change a thing!  It sure does make time all the more precious though.

six different varieties

six different varieties

My garden is my place of peace and where I “catch my breath”.  I love working in the garden and seeing how it changes from season to season and year to year.   Mostly, though, I love flowers.  :-)

nameless daffodil

nameless daffodil (read: I can’t find the name of it!) with tiny white specs on the tips of each petal.

There was a lot of rain today. It takes more than just rain to stop me from gardening, so out into the garden I went to weed …   until my fingers were too wet and too cold to do anymore.  THEN I cut some flowers to bring inside, cause that just makes me smile.

a rather gray day...

a rather gray day…

I went around the yard and cut five stems here, five there, and a few stragglers more there.  That is all it takes.

using the flash

using the flash

It’s the first time I have used my new pottery vase. Dunbeacon Pottery is made in West Cork, and I bought this vase at the RDS in Dublin this past December at a Craft fair. You can checkout  Dunbeacon Pottery here:  http://irishdesignshop.com/collections/dunbeacon-pottery  I love supporting crafters!  I really like the colors that this artist used.  I have a much larger vase and a wee vase that match this one. (’cause why buy one when you can get three?)

full view

full view (no flash)

I was really trying to use natural light which was hard to do with it being so gray outside.  So I put the flowers on a step stool near a window.  This intrigued my cat to come and investigate what I was doing.

Kitty smells the flowers

Kitty smells the flowers

I have to say that most of these daffodils are fragrant, but it was funny to see the cat go over to them to have a smell!

I think I'll sit here in front of these pretty flowers that mom is taking pictures of...

I think I’ll sit here in front of these pretty flowers that mom is taking pictures of…

She is a very good cat and a well loved member of our family.  She, I think, also enjoys being in the garden with me while I work!  Here’s a look at some of the daffodils out in the yard.

Ice King daffodils in April sunset

Ice King daffodils in April sunset

Narcissi blazing starlet in the ditch-wall garden

Narcissi blazing starlet in the ditch-wall garden

But sometimes, I’d just prefer to have them inside with me.

just another angle

just another angle

I hope that you are able to slow down, breathe deeply, and enjoy what makes you smile in life…  at least for a little bit, every now and again.

In peace,
Dana

Family time in the garden

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The ditch wall garden full of color

The ditch-wall garden full of color

Working in the garden is not something that my kids would consider a “fun” past time, (or even my husband, ahem…) despite my best efforts to convince them it is!  But yesterday, Easter Monday, we were all outside and at one point we were all working in one garden bed when my older daughter laughed and said “isn’t this nice?”!

The Center Garden ever so slowly being transformed

The Center Garden ever so slowly being transformed

YES, yes it was!  What I call the “Center Garden” is where we were all working.  Over the past few years I’d had a wild-flower garden here, but it went terribly wrong with more grass this year than garden.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time turning the soil/grass/sod.  Yesterday we were able to shake the sod and get rid of the grass while leaving the soil.  What a painstaking process!  It was so wonderful to get the family’s help!

dark pink Hellebores

dark pink Hellebores

A bit of a side note from our working in the garden, but I’ve taken a real liking to Hellebores in the garden.  They can add color all through the winter.  These (above) are a dark pink color, and although they love to get black spot, after I cut off their leaves they look really pretty.  They look like pink bells to me!

Another section of the ditch wall uncovered.

Another section of the ditch-wall uncovered

Another big job the family helped me with is clearing a second section of the ditch-wall.  It was all brambles, ivy and nettles!

close-up of the new section of the ditch wall

close-up of the new section of the ditch-wall

What a job that has been! The wall is in very poor shape.  I’m trying to be careful to keep it as much in tact as possible.  I’m focusing on the bottom section now that the stones are cleared. Believe it or not,  I am hopeful that I’ll be able to plant here this summer.  That is my motivation!  I still have a lot to do to pull up those ivy roots.  If only my good plants were so strong!

full view of "original" ditch wall

full view of “original” ditch wall

Just a few yards up from the new clearing my “original” ditch-wall garden is showing lots of color!  I planted some aubretia last year and it is just starting to bloom.  The daffodils are also just starting to add their color.

sunlight makes everything beautiful

sunlight makes everything beautiful

The key expression around here is … all in good time!

I hope that you and your family get to enjoy time together in the garden, even if not for pulling weeds!

In peace,
Dana

Running Late… Whimsical clock in Glasgow, Scotland

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Running out of time, running late, running on time, which is it for you?

Running out of time, Running late, Time is running out, or Running on time: Which is it for you?

We are at the World Championships for Irish dancing in Glasgow, Scotland and this picture is the first I took in Scotland.  I LOVE this clock!  I instantly thought it depicted “running late” perfectly!  Only afterwards did I think about other options that didn’t involve being late.  Just goes to show that I am always running a teeny, tiny bit behind schedule!

I hope everything is “running on time” for you!

In peace,
Dana

Wordless Wednesday: Pulmonaria

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Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

It has been a busy week.  Hence, another Wordless Wednesday post instead of a meaty post.  Ah well, I’ll keep at it!   I have, thankfully, at least been able to do bits and pieces in the garden so all is not lost.  But for now, just some pretty pictures of the Pulmonaria which is just coming into bloom.  They will look even nicer when the daffodils around them bloom!

In Peace,
Dana

Pulmonaria with daffodils in the background

Pulmonaria with daffodils in the background

a lone daffodil

daffodil with pulmonaria in the background

Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

Do you see what I see?

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stay tuned for this view in bloom...

stay tuned for this view in bloom…

My husband and I work for two different entities that are both located at Dublin City University.  We walk around the same grounds and, technically, we see the same things.  It turns out though, that we see completely differently what is right in front of both of us.  Funny how that is.  :-)

Looking at the back of the DCU front entrance

Looking at the back of the DCU front entrance

lovely rows of plants

lovely rows of plants

I tend to look at the trees, shrubs, flowers, and whether the environment feels inviting.  It’s no secret that those things bring me joy, so I seek them out.  My husband, not so much.

I guess I like to see things neat and orderly

I guess I like to see things neat and orderly

This whole conversation came about when I asked my husband if he liked how the crocus were planted among the daffodils, as we walked past them.  Maybe you can guess his response:  “What crocus?”  followed by “and what daffodils?”.  These flowers are in front of the Nurses building where we often meet for lunch.  I love the combination!  How did he not *see* them?

Crocus among the daffodils

Crocus among the daffodils

A non-close-up view of the crocus/daffodil combination

A non-close-up view of the crocus/daffodil combination in front of the nurses building.

I love the tall structure of the evergreens along the pathway.

the other side of the pathway near the Nurses building

the other side of the pathway near the Nurses building while the picture below is from the other side of the other side!

Looking out towards the tall structured evergreens

A boxwood oval formation with rocks and shaped boxwood inside the figure.  Hmmm, interesting look?

I really like the grounds at DCU.   I love seeing flowers.  I think they create an inviting atmosphere no matter where they are.

Near the front reception of DCU

Near the front reception of DCU

If there is “sun” in the weather forecast I throw my camera in my bag, because you just never know what you might see on your lunch-time walk.

ornamental cabbage in the park

ornamental cabbage in the park

Take this ornamental cabbage, for example!  What a pleasant surprise to see this in the park.  I must try growing these at some stage because it is wonderful to have some color in the garden at this time of year.

color in the garden with ornamental cabbage and primrose

color in the garden with ornamental cabbage and primrose

purple ornamental cabbage

purple ornamental cabbage

The loop around the park is a wonderful walk during lunch break.  It is peaceful and beautiful.

I see structure

I see structure among the trees…

But if you look closely underneath the trees, you will see these lovely crocus:

crocus under the trees

crocus under the trees

a bit of a curved yellow formation

a bit of a curved yellow formation

deep purple are my favorite

the deep purple colored crocus are my favorite

white crocus

white crocus

wild life ;-)

wild life😉

an Irish robin in the park

an Irish robin in the park

The tete-a-tete were just starting to bloom when I took these pictures last week.

tete-a-tete (dwarf daffodil) with one anemone

tete-a-tete (dwarf daffodil) with one anemone

tete-a-tete and hyacinth

tete-a-tete and a hyacinth whose leaves have seen better days…

DCU woodlands ... sort of

DCU woodlands … sort of

I call the above picture “anticipation”!  So much bloomin’ potential!

crocus in the park at DCU

crocus in the park at DCU … I love the play of sunlight.

I hope you enjoyed “seeing what I see” while walking around DCU.

In peace,
Dana

There is so much more to this picture than just a building. Do you see the hedges, trees, monument, paving???

There is so much more to this picture than just a building. Do you see the two layers of hedges, tree lines, monument, paving?  ;-)

Wordless Wednesday: The grass (or feed) is always greener…

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the next section of the field to eat...

the next section of the field to eat…

The contrast of the two sides of the field is what first caught my attention.  Then I saw the cows lined up along the fence and just felt the need to take their picture.  The farmer has been moving the fence little by little each day to allow the cows their fresh food.  It seems that along the fence line is where they then tend to “hang out”! (perhaps waiting for the next meal?)   I think it is sugar beet in the field.

This Wordless Wednesday business is not my idea of full fledged blogging, but when time is short it will have to do until I can get my “real” post finished!

I hope you enjoyed my Cow Picture!

In peace,
Dana

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