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saturday morning in the garden

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I’ve just decided to fill this blog with flowers. To be honest, they are responsible for┬ákeeping me sane and happy right now. When I was walking around this morning I named at least two dozen different ways that I am lucky – defining lucky as the things that aligned in order for me to be in this place at this morning. From the big ideas – admission to a top graduate program here twenty years ago, to the smallest ones – not accidentally sleeping through my alarm despite being overly sleep deprived this week.

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I feel lucky when I catch a bee in action as I look through the camera lens.

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I feel lucky when the sun comes streaming through the trees at just the right moment.

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I feel lucky when I discover something new that I’ve never found there before.

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Lucky to have this camera, a good pair of walking shoes, a ten year old hat that hides my bed head, a warm cup of coffee in my hand, a partner at home to stay with the girls and start the laundry and work in the yard while I wander.

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Lucky to have a mom with a fierce love of gardens, and lucky that she’s celebrating another birthday, even if it’s four states away.

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Lucky to catch these fleeting moments with nature’s firecrackers, exquisite in their color and symmetry and design.

(last) saturday morning in the garden, peony edition

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I didn’t realize how many of these I had photographed, but I’m glad I did. There’s such a variety in the garden, and I love them all.

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Last Saturday I set my alarm pretty early so that I could make time for this visit. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to the garden by myself, and it was a good time to do it. I was knee deep in soiree work, and we had a busy weekend ahead of us. I knew if I didn’t make the time for it first thing, it wouldn’t happen. I plan to do the same tomorrow before heading into the office as I work towards a big deadline. I’m going to soak up as much sun and fresh air as I can to get me through the day.

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F and I have been watching the allium bloom – I took these shots for her, and then we visited them again in person on Wednesday. They look so cool as they open, these pods split in two and the purple balls emerge. You can track the pattern of the sun through the stages of allium blooms. They are one of my favorite spring flowers. (And peonies, of course!)

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wednesday morning in the garden

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I almost combined these with last Saturday’s garden photos but decided not to, and now it’s less than twelve hours before I head over there again. So I’m just going to turn over this blog to the flowers for a bit. I mentioned a few days ago that I got a new camera, and I’m using my garden walks to try it out. The results aren’t always perfect, but it’s fun to play.

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The sun is a lot higher now in the early morning, and so I find myself steering us towards the shade. It’s not that it’s hot necessarily, it’s just that I love the way mornings feel here when the sun is still partly hidden and the landscape feels like a lush painting.

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The peonies have been beautiful this spring. I love when we find them in places we weren’t expected, like spilling along the edges of a hidden path.

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She’s still rock hopping in the woodlands. One day we’ll probably be reprimanded for doing it, but she’s careful not to disturb anything as she wanders. Occasionally she gets a bit worried about how she’ll get back – on the way out, the rocks look closer together than they do on the way back!

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The lilies are coming – we saw the first signs of them on Wednesday. That seems too soon, but May keeps moving along and the garden is always good at keeping up.

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