Grandpa and grandson fishing

Today was Memorial Day and it was a perfect day. My dad came over and fished with Asher and I worked outside in Studio Gardens planting almost the last of my flowers. It was just a perfect lazy day. Later in the afternoon, I made hamburgers and we all laughed and had a fun time together.

Dad caught a bass and Asher was happy to be the captain of the Jon boat. Zoey was the only one not happy, as she wasn’t welcome on the boat after acting like an idiot. She whined and carried on all along the banks and dock. She even jumped in and swam to them.

I’m glad I got this photo, because I didn’t think to get any more of the family. Oh well, that’s life right? See Zoey longingly watching them fish?

I am always taking photos of my flowers though. I use them as painting reference. I think I have about a million paintings waiting to be painted! Hah.

I spend more time deciding where I want to plant flowers than I do actually planting them. My husband makes fun of me saying I walk back and forth looking for the right spot. He’s right, I do a lot of walking around trying to figure out where to plant what. I sure love it though.

This is my favorite time of year. The woods is packed full of lush green leaves and flowers are blooming around everywhere. Hummingbirds are dive bombing each other around all the feeders I have out and butterflies and bees are buzzing around. Heaven.

Here a few favorite photos of my flowers I took from this evening while my dad and Asher were fishing.

This is “Forever Susan”, an asiatic lily. I have it planted just below very dark flowered hollyhocks. They are striking against all the green.

Burgundy blooms of Forever Susan Asiatic Lily

Asiatic lily called “Forever Susan” – gorgeous, huh?!

This next one is the Mexican Sunflower or tithonia Goldfinger. A butterfly and bee magnet. Monarchs like this – but they’re few and far between nowadays. I’ve seen one so far this year.

orange flower of tithonia Mexican Sunflower

Just waiting for a butterfly or bee!

Last but not least my happy place… my koi pond. So relaxing and pretty… just perfect for sitting back watching the fish on this lazy day. The waterlilies are just starting to bloom. They close for the evening. I love the shadows on the pond of the papyrus plant (left side) and the clouds gently floating in the sky reflected on the water.

waterlilies on koi pond

My happy place

Lastly, I wanted to mention my gratitude for all the service men and women who gave their lives for this great country. Happy Memorial Day. We are forever indebted. They are the reason we’re able to enjoy each lazy day we have!

paintings by Jaime Haney

Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page in the menu at the top. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery.

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