Happy Easter! 2016

 

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Nothing like a sea of posies – these are for an Easter brunch party, ready to go out the door.

  

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This was last year, and I was happy I had a few roses, they'd  just began to bloom.

 

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Ready to get busy along with . . .

 

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charmers from the market.

 

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 Ranunculas always seem to be the favorite at market – freesias come in second for me.

 

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For easy transport I put the posy pots in orchid crates.

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 I always seem to have small pots leftover from orchid plants. I sprayed them white and added a plastic cup for water. 

 

I share your songs, through charmed hours,

With my sworn friends, the leaves and flowers.

~ Mary Webb, To a Poet in April 

 

Happy Easter! I'd love to hear from you.

 


An Unexpected Flower Gift

 

This little 5-inch bucket of blooms was left at my house after our last flowernotes photo shoot.

 

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We needed an interesting combination of garden snippets for our Blushing Copper story on page 86, before we could send flowernotes off to the publisher.

 

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Susan contributed a Cafe au Lait dahlia, some of her  prize 'Zinderella Lilac' zinnias, 

 

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and heavenly strands of love-in-a-puff vine.

 

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Perle d'Or and a couple other roses, along with my favorite pink dahlia, came from my garden.

 

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 And here's Lady Roberts, the beautiful Tea.

 

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The light had changed from the cool morning shot shown in flowernotes and I was captivated not only by the warmer light but also moved by the collaboration that Susan and I experienced creating flowernotes. This little bucket held gratitude and an otherworldly beauty to me. Photographing these images was such a joy.

 

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 The sweet single rose with the pink stamens is Poulsen's Pearl

 

Atmosphere, that whimsical artist, transforms the already brilliant world by clothing in tints other than their own.

~Mary Webb in The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

 


Pink Rose Memories

 

Imagine an adventurous and hot day in the glorious Sacramento Old City Cemetery Rose Garden shooting hundreds of pictures (this was in April 2015), and then a seventy mile drive home with two best flower friends. It must have been about 5:00 pm when Susan and I dropped Mary at her doorstep. Mary cheerily invited us to hop out of the car and take a tour of  her garden. 

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Weary me was less than enthusiastic, though I did pause long enough to shoot Mary's pretty side yard on our way to the rosebeds in the back garden.

 

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But then I perked right up when I saw this powder pink rambler by the back gate.

 

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And when the perfect blooms of Sparrieshoop, in the same color palette, presented herself I was at full attention with my camera. The opportunity to frame these blooms on a patch of lime feverfew was good too.

 

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Then the joy of zooming in on the button center of Christopher Marlowe . . .

 

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only to find Color Magic was waiting for me, a few yards away.

 

 

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Mary has a number of (hard to grow where we live) peonies. Don't you love the blush on this one?

 

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And how about this graceful farewell? I relish catching shots like this.

Thanks so much for the tour Mary and the fabulous photo op!

 

BACK AT HOME 


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The pretty pinks followed me . . .

 

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even into the house.

 

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I just loved all these pictures when I first saw them and looked forward to making a post here. It was amazing to get so many good shots in such a short time (especially after a day of intensive shooting in Sacramento). It's almost been a year and hopefully its never too late. Let me know what you think. That is my daughter Anna's knitting with yarn she purchased at the amazing Webster's in Ashland, Oregon.

 

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