Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Slice of Summer For Winter Weary Eyes

Need a break from Winter? Why not take a little vacation? Huh? What? You can't?  It's not in your budget. You can't get off from work.  Your kids are home from school with bad colds .... and ... and ... and ....

You know what? If you're a gardener, I bet you probably have tons of pictures of  flowers from your garden! I sure do. And if you're anything like me, you have them stored right on your PC!  When I get the winter blues, I just sit down at my computer, click the mouse, and begin taking a long, leisurely stroll through my gardens. I think I'll start with Marigolds. I just love Marigolds. They have always been a long time favorite of mine. They are just so darn easy to grow.

And what would summer be without Shasta Daisies?  One summer these bright white, cheery flowers were absolutely striking as they bloomed alongside some Rose Campion

And Morning Glories? They greet you in the morning and say good-bye in the afternoon. They come in a variety of colors, but I'm partial to Heavenly Blue. These were happily growing in a window box.

What do you think of this one? I love Gaillardia, also called Blanket Flower. The orange and yellow petals are so vibrant. I think they are one of the most beautiful flowers.  

Poppies ... the flower with petals as soft as silk. I happen to adore poppies. This one is a Double Shirley Poppy. With its layers of pretty pink ruffled petals, it reminds me of a little girl's frilly party dress.

Have you ever grown snapdragons? If you haven't, you should give them a try.  Do you see the dragon's face? If you pinch the side petals between your fingers you can make the dragon's mouth open and close.

There is such a variety of summer flowers you can grow in your garden. Don't forget to make some pretty bouquets throughout the summer to enjoy indoors. And  don't forget to take lots of pictures.  Looking at them will lift your spirits on a cold, snowy winter days. 

                    Spring Is Coming!

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