Flowers… Again !

Hello my friends !

As you have seen in the post title, I’m sharing some photos of flowers again ūüôā ¬† ¬†I hope you love flowers because I have posted a lot of them lately ! ¬†And here I come today with more of them ! ¬†I know some of you have already seen these photos on my Facebook page, but I wanted to post them here too so my followers and visitors could see them as well.

In summer, flowers hold an important place in my life as I care for my flowerbeds, annuals, herbs and tomatoes in pots.  Flowers brighten my days and everyday I tour my garden, sometimes bringing my camera along.  Here is a series of photos all taken in my garden this summer.

Beautiful dahlia

Day lily. ¬†I love these so much ūüôā

Delicate diascia

Wonderful Morden roses.  Very floriferous

Hostas flowers.  Bumblebees love them !

Hostas flowers

Lovely wild asters.  They are so romantic !

Grass.  I adore how they glow under the sun.

My lovely rudbeckias.  So simple, yet so beautiful.

Lobelia and begonia.  I must have them each summer.

I haven’t taken photos of all of my flowers but I am not done with them. ¬† I have taken some more photos today and asters will bloom in a couple of weeks and I know I will want to show them to you.

Fall is coming our way, there will be so much to photograph. ¬†Apples, pumpkins, squashes, chrysanthemums, acorns and all the splendor of the autumn trees…. So much to photograph ¬†ūüôā

Happy Fall to all of you !

Jocelyne

I’m joining Tootsie Time¬†for Fertilizer Friday/Flaunt Your Flowers

 

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Dear lavender

Hello dear friends !

Lavender is very high on my list of favourite flowers. ¬†How I would love to travel to Provence to see its magnificent lavender fields ! ¬†Much closer to where I live are the beautiful lavender fields of¬†Bleu Lavande¬†located in the eastern townships in Fitch Bay. ¬†After two and a half hours drive from home I can walk in Bleu Lavande’s fields and admire their 110,000 beautiful lavender plants. ¬†On some days they have open air concerts, and walking or sitting in the fields with the lingering sounds of a violin floating in the air and enveloping the fields is a most calming experience. It’s a marvelous way of leaving all worries behind and spend a few hours relaxing and wandering around the fields. ¬†They also have the most gorgeous boutique filled with exquisite products made with essential oil coming from their plants. ¬†This is where I bought my lavender plants. ¬†It was out of question that I was going to buy them from my local green house, they had to come from Bleu Lavande ! ¬†I bought three plants and a few weeks ago, when they were blooming, I sacrificed a whole plant just to make photos. ¬†One must really love photography to sacrifice a whole plant of lavender, I’m telling you ! ¬†But now I have a beautiful bouquet of dried lavender.

A portion of Bleu Lavande’s fields

My lavender

I’m heading towards the first year anniversary of this blog. ¬†When I started last September, the orientation and main focus of my blog was to be about decoration, crafts, painting projects and antique and vintage finds, all of which I am passionate about, and I never intended it to be a photography blog. ¬†So what happened ? ¬†I had always been interested in photography but I had put it aside for the past six years. ¬† Starting this blog re-ignited my interest in photography and now it has grown to become a great passion. ¬†You cannot imagine all I have learned in the past ten months. ¬†From my new camera to photography basics and more, to photo editing with Corel then Photoshop. ¬†It has been an amazing ten months of creativity and learning. ¬†I hope you will follow me along in my photographic journey. ¬†And I would like to say a big thank you to all my followers and subscribers, and to all who take the time to leave me comments, without you it wouldn’t be the same. ¬†All your comments and visits are greatly appreciated and mean a lot to me.

I’m wishing you all a great end of summer !

Jocelyne

Dear peonies…

Hello !

For me, peonies are among the most gorgeous flowers and even though the time they are in bloom is so short, they certainly deserve a place of choice in our gardens.  Each year I make wonderful bouquets and place them on my kitchen island and dining table.  Mother nature always helps to prompt me to make bouquets as she pours lots of rain, causing the peonies to bend to the ground.  Even though I tie them to prevent the stems to bend too much and break, many flowers fall to the ground.  Each year I await this moment when the clouds, heavy with loads of rain arrive and threatens to break into a storm.  I then know it is time to prepare and take the vases, teapots and creamers out of the cupboard.

Last Saturday I woke up at six a.m. and noticed the beautiful soft light of the morning sun. ¬†I couldn’t resist and went outside to photograph some of my flowers.

Petunias, lilies and heliopsis

Morden Centennial rose bush

Crimson lilies

I hope you are all enjoying summer so far, I went kayaking last Sunday and will soon share some photos of this beautiful day on Chaudière river.

A happy week to all of you !

Jocelyne

I’m joining Mary at Dear Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

I used Kim Klassen’s textures on some of these photos. ¬†If you love working with textures go to her online shoppe¬†where¬†she has lots of beautiful textures you can buy.

He who plants a garden plants happiness

Hello everybody !

    A little garden in which to walk, an immensity in which to dream

The garden I’m showing you today is a garden dear to my heart. ¬†It’s a beautiful peaceful garden graced by many flowers, shrubs, trees, birds and other garden delights. ¬†It’s a garden I know well and which I’ve returned¬†to for the past eighteen years. ¬†This garden belongs to my in law’s and it’s always a pleasure to stroll down it’s paths toward its different areas. ¬†The basin, the patio with its swing and all the flowers pots and herbs, the rose garden, the rock garden, the beds of hostas, the rudbeckias and echinaceas just to name a few. ¬†All of that always accompanied by bird songs. ¬†Everything in this garden was designed and planted by my in law’s, even the trees. ¬†The arbour and the well were built by my father in law, as well as the rock garden and the Inukshuk.

When I took these photos, the forget-me-not were in full bloom, illuminating the garden with their delicate pale-blue flowers. ¬†It was lovely. ¬†I only photographed the basin and rock garden but I’m thinking of doing another post on other areas of the garden when more flowers will be in bloom.

Each year my mother in law makes a bouquet with lily of the valley

As of my garden, the peonies are about to bloom, then, in the next two weeks, it will be the rose hedge, irises and honeysuckles  which will beg to be photographed.

Do you have a special garden you hold dear in your heart and love to return to ?

Have a great week-end !

Jocelyne

I’m joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

Spring renewal

Hello everybody !

The month of May is a very busy month with all the gardening chores, but I found time to take a few photos around the yard.

Each spring I am always amazed to see the rapid growth of plants. ¬†Young and tender soft green leaves, white, pink or red flower buds, bright yellow ¬†and strong dandelions, all seem to stretch toward the long-awaited warmth of the sun rays. ¬†I like to stroll in my yard to check if all plants, trees, shrubs and buds made it through winter and are growing well. ¬†During these strolls, if I bring my camera with me it quickly transforms into a photography session where I try to capture the beauty of nature’s vibrant awakening.

These photos were taken ten days ago, the buds are now fully open. ¬†It’s so good to see greenery¬†everywhere, hear the many bird songs and the sound of leaves dancing in the wind ! ¬†It’s spring my friends, it’s time to open all the windows and smile at the sun with our heart and arms wide-open !

Happy spring to all of you !

Jocelyne

A change of heart

Hello everyone !

It seems orchids wanted me to appreciate their stunning and amazing beauty. ¬†They somehow managed to find a way to reach me, as if they wanted me to reconsider my opinions about¬†their beauty and show me how wrong I was. ¬†I have always ignore orchids, I was just not into them. ¬†The main reason I didn’t like them that much was their lack of foliage. ¬†I prefer plants with lots of foliage and orchids, to my liking, don’t have enough of them. ¬†But then, while visiting my family last December, my stepmother had received an orchid and didn’t want it so she gave it to me. ¬†I thought I’d get rid of the plant when the flowers would fade, I was more interested in the pot it was planted in than in the plant, but after a few days of looking closely at the flowers and taking pictures, I decided to keep it. ¬†The flowers had won, I was beginning to find them prettier than never before.

Then, two weeks ago, I went to the florist to buy roses, I wanted to take pictures of them. ¬†The employee said she wanted to show me flowers she had just received and who were not displayed in the shop yet. ¬†When she dropped the flowers on the counter I ¬†was mesmerized. ¬†Here were the most beautiful flowers I ever laid my eyes on : ¬†Some beautiful, amazing orchids in the most sumptuous colours of deep purple and azure blue. ¬†From that very moment I had a complete change of heart. ¬†Orchids had finally found their way to me and from now on they would be among my very favourite flowers. ¬† Isn’t it strange how life has its own way to make things happen sometimes…

I hope I didn’t do too much spelling and conjugation mistakes, usually my boyfriend revise my post before I publish (he’s perfectly bilingual but I’m not !) but he’s on a trip to Halifax, so he can’t.

Now I have to go prune my rose bushes while it’s not raining and I’m so excited, saturday afternoon we’re going to pick up our new kayaks and I just can’t wait !

Jocelyne

Texture on the last photo from El Vigilante’s Flickr account