Isn’t inspiration and beauty everywhere? As I take these pictures of the beautiful flowers around my house I always have plans of painting or drawing them. I’m building quite a reference file. Ironically, keeping all these beauties going is time consuming thus taking away from some creative time…. Ah well, I need to have these around me. Literally, my soul needs to have green growing things around me that require my attention, touch and love.
I came by it naturally, maybe even genetically. The nut didn’t fall too far from the tree. My mom was a gardener and I have the fondest memories of her digging in the dirt. Even when the dirt came by the way of just being pots on our apartment balcony. She always had gobs of plants inside and out and had the greenest thumb of anyone I’ve ever known. That woman could put a stick in the ground and it would grow. I miss talking plants with her as I walk my paths that I always walk, looking at my summertime beauties. When I would visit her she would always take my arm and we’d stroll through her garden together even though we had just done the same thing a couple days before. There is always something new and exciting popping up somewhere, you just have to slow down and look. Whenever I’d ask her “where did you get that?” She’d reply “A little bird brought it to me”. I’m fairly certain she stole that line from my grandpa, her dad, cause I remember him saying that too. Her nut didn’t fall far from his tree either, he was a great gardener and had the most beautiful and bountiful sweet peas. They still remind me of him.
Well I have no idea where I’m getting the energy for this. I did corn all day today then it was trash day, plus I cleaned out the freezers (had to cause there was no room for more corn!). While doing that, I didn’t have room to put a pie crust back in without assaulting it, so I made an apple pie! Last night I didn’t go to bed until 3:30 and now here it is 2:20 and I’m still awake. Granted, I’m sitting in my most comfy chair and not doing much but letting my mind wander and fingers do the walking. I should be upstairs in my art studio creating something in my journals for the Sitsterhood and PPF but that would require the stairs and I’m far too lazy for that. In fact, I think I’ll go to sleep now.
Oh, but first take my arm and stroll around my gardens with me…. won’t you?
be still my beating heart ~ a glorious Zinnia
The boys follow me as I give you the tour for this year but I think we’re getting the cold shoulder at the moment
Sunflowers make me happy
inside plant getting a summer vacation outside
huba huba ~ doesn’t this Mandevilla look like the sexpot of the flower world?
I love to have color all around even if there aren’t many flowers and these coleus are tried and true
Ditch lilies ~ love ’em
see my little toad house in the background? Vacancy…
sweet little guy ~ look at his little antennas, precious!
never mind the Johnson grass…
look at me! the bouganvilla screams
Alright tour’s over… good night!
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Artist, dreamer, gardener and nature nut. I love iced tea, music, scary ghost movies, growing all kinds of plants especially tomatoes and houseplants and enjoying my life in the country with my husband, son and our 3 cats and my ever faithful studio dog, Zoey.
I spend my summers weeding in the gardens and the fall and winter doing art shows and painting in my studio. Spring is a busy gardening time for me as well.
I blog about my life, gardens and paintings I'm working on. I also have my work for sale on my site.
Find me in my art studio attached to my greenhouse painting all the beauty that surrounds me.