Life is all about choices and attitude. Make the right choices, keep a positive attitude-- and you will find JOY through all of your ups and downs. Hope you enjoy my thoughts!
Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to DECEMBER!!!! My header picture this month is a beautiful photo from our trip last year to "Christmas at Biltmore"... Being there to see that beauty just makes Christmas more special for us! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.
Every week is a little different in our yard... It has been a fabulous spring here in Fairfield Glade. Some of the 'colors' I have showed you so far are: Crocuses, Hyacinths, Periwinkle, Daffodils, Tulips, Phlox, Candy Tuft, Red Bud, Forsythia and Dogwood. Today, I will share five more 'colors': Pansies, Irises, Azaleas, Dianthus and our first ROSE of the season. Hope you enjoy more of the Spring COLORS in our yard. Above is a group of the many PANSIES we have in our yard. We plant them in the late Fall each year and they will last until it gets horribly hot in July. Be sure and click on the photos in order to see them larger.
I love this little blue PANSY. She is different from most of the others --and for that reason, I think she is special.
We have 7 AZALEA bushes in our yard, most of which are a little different, one from the other. The blooms are different from one bush to the next. Today I will share with you three of our Azalea blossoms. This bloom is from our Dwarf Azalea --which was a gift several years ago from a friend.
Another PINK AZALEA (different from the one above the purple one)
This little 'cutie' is a DIANTHUS (Pinks)... The same friend that gave me the Dwarf Azalea gave us these pretty little 'Pinks' several years ago... This little flower is just so pretty ---so I got George to get her picture at close range.
This IRISES are blooming in our yard this week. We have five different varieties/colors blooming now --with more to come. Today, I'll show you a couple of groups blooming in two different flowerbeds... This picture is in our upper side flowerbed (the one which had alot of Daffodils and Tulips not long ago)... Aren't they pretty???? (Soon there will be lots of lilies and daylilies blooming in this long bed.)
These pretty yellow IRISES (Honey Glazed) are in the road flowerbed out front... This bed has more irises, some daylilies, lilies and ROSES in it. Bearded Irises are just gorgeous.
Finally, we have our FIRST ROSE BLOOM of the season. This is SONIA ---and she has 3 blooms on her already... (Things are so early this year ---blooming at least 2-3 weeks earlier than usual.) And here's the good news: My Gorgeous Groom brought one of Sonia's blooms INSIDE for me on Tuesday. Most of you know that he spoils me by bringing in a new rose bud/bloom almost everyday once the roses all start blooming. I love it-love it-love it... (If you are new to my blog, I need to tell you that we have about 55 different rose bushes/varieties in our yard. George grows hybrid tea and grandiflora roses---and they are INCREDIBLE.)
Have a fabulous weekend. We're going to visit our son and daughter-in-law-to-be (October wedding) ----AND we're visiting some old friends whom I haven't seen since the '60's.... Should be a terrific weekend. I'll see you on Monday.