Last fall, my mom and I split a huge order of tulips, and now we're reaping the benefits of digging all of those holes. They're a multicolored variety, which brings so much cheery color to the garden. I cut a bunch for a bouquet, but since our allergies are so bad I haven't been able to bring them inside. So, they're sitting on our screened-in porch for us to enjoy. Aren't the colors beautiful?
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
It's one of my favorite times of year - the time when lilacs bloom! It's hard for me to pick a favorite flower, but if I absolutely had to chose, lilacs would win out. I took a nice stroll through the UW-Aboretum yesterday, and I snapped some of these early lilacs. The Arboretum looked gorgeous; with late blooming magnolias still going strong, crabapples & redbuds in bloom, and lilacs entering the mix. I think the full lilac grove with be in peak bloom in a few days. If you're in Madison, it's a must see. And, the fragrance is divine. Allergies be damned, lilacs are too beautiful to miss!
|a lavender colored lilac with a |
teeny white rim around the petals
|four petaled, pink - classic!|
|a pinkish lavender with some opened|
and some closed blossoms
|this one will be a beauty in a couple of days!|
|double petaled and more saturated - I love this one!|
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The springtime garden is such a happy place for all of us who love to garden. Every which way we look we can see new growth and new buds and blooms. I'm slow to get my garden going this year, but this morning I was able to spend a good hour or so doing what I love - pulling weeds, tidying up the space, and planting a few new items. Here's a little glimpse into my springtime garden.
I planted these bulbs last fall, so I'm
excited to see them bloom for the 1st time!
|another shot of allium|
|cherry blossoms from our fruit tree|
|tiny grape hyacinths with lavender, |
mint, and chives scattered here and there
|one of my favorites - the lilac in our front yard garden|
the scent is divine and the petals are beautiful!
|not the showiest of flowers, but these lungworts |
add so much to my little shade garden
on the north side of our house
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A year ago my husband and I had just returned from a fabulous vacation in Italy. We spent time in Tuscany, Umbria, and Rome, and what a wonderful time it was! Isn't part of the fun of vacations thinking back and reminiscing about all of the adventures that were had? There's nothing like looking through the photos we took to remember all of the fun and the laughter - happy memories all around! It's also something else to think about everything that's happened in the time since this trip. What a year we've had!
Here's a photo that sums up the lovely bucolic feel of where we stayed in Chiusi, Tuscany...truly, a small slice of heaven!
|walking through an olive grove|
Monday, May 13, 2013
Without a doubt, Ludovico Einaudi's creations are some of the most transportive music out there. Here's his "Oltremarre" set to beautiful scenery of San Luis Obispo, California. Enjoy!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
The bulbs in my garden are continuing to bloom, adding lots of little bursts of color here and there. I picked these four - checkered lily, daffodil, leucojum (aka spring snowflake), and grape hyacinth - to cluster together for a cute, informal arrangement.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I can't seem to get enough of the beautiful magnolias in bloom at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, just a mile or so away from my home. Yesterday I was back at the lovely grounds, and here are a few photos I took.
While the star magnolias were in full bloom last week, many of the stunning saucer magnolias are now at their peak. It's wonderful to be able to enjoy springtime!
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Check out Scottish classical violinist, Nicola Benedetti's performance at NPR's Tiny Desk Series. Here she performs music by John Williams and Bach on her 1717 Strad. Enjoy!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Perhaps it's because our feline friends are so incredibly photogenic, but they seem to be the subject of so many wonderful photographs. I know my own ginger tom does actually pose for photos. He seems to enjoy having his photo snapped! Here are some beautiful black and white photographs that capture the movement and stillness of their cat subjects.
|by Edouard Boubat, 1972|
~unless noted, photo credits unknown~
Saturday, May 4, 2013
A little red goes a long way for a bright punch of color. And a lot of red - when done right - can go even further. All of these images are so different in style and substance, but the presence of a little or a lot of red always creates a pop.
|by the Japanese master,|
Uemura Shoen (1875-1949)
Aren't these colors beautiful?
|what's better than a field of |
red poppies blooming in Tuscany?
|I love this contrast|