I woke up to find these in the garden. I planted them about 5 years ago and each year the poppies get a little bigger and have more blooms. Something about them is just so beautiful, with their papery petals and the dark black stamens. I just think they are magical! They just appeared one morning as if to say, "Hello! Spring is really here!"
These beautiful iris are mixed in with some mint that has gone rather wild. They always remind me of Claude Monet and his French garden. My neighbor across the road has yellow and burgundy ones which are gorgeous, too.
This last one is a rose that I got as a gift from my daughter when our sweet cocker spaniel, Max, went over the rainbow bridge several years ago. I planted it in his memory and it looks more beautiful than ever this year. I really adore the striated petals. I feel particularly blessed with these perennials since I seem to have nearly no ability to make plants grow and thrive. That they keep coming back better than ever is really a gift to me!
Each day as I drive to my job, I take the most scenic route I can. I watch for landmarks that I have noticed and suddenly everything is in bloom. (Especially the pollen!) It's such a miracle that the world just comes alive every spring and nearly explodes with color and freshness. What a blessing it is just having the unfolding of a new season day by day.
I've been sewing and creating all my life! There's nothing like a pile of beautiful fabrics in bright colors to get my imagination churning.
I live in Upstate New York with my husband, our dog Henry, and 2 spoiled cats. I have 3 adult children and 2 adorable granddaughters. During the day I'm a Social Worker, assisting parents and kids with mental illness. It lets me use my Coaching skills that I earned through CoachU, always valuable. I love to read, sew, paint and collect books and vintage linens. I've got a special place in my heart for Anthropologie (shoes and sweaters, in particular) and Country Living British Edition, Mollie Makes, and Selvedge magazines. I'd describe my personal style as eclectic/romantic.