Thursday, May 7, 2009

Our Town Shoot Out - Gardens

A scrappy little group of tulips that I see on my way into the office each morning...
a garden and garden mural at Kitchen Emporium (about 5 minutes walk from our house)

a neighbour's garden and wonderful Ontario Cottage style home
a magnolia tree around the corner
and from my own garden last summer - butterflies on the Butterfly Bush, how appropriate!
and a bee, thank heaven for bees. Lets hope they start to recover from the mysteries of colony collapse - we can't do it without them.
And more recently, shots from my garden taken this week - a white Bleeding Heart,
a Hosta unfurling,
and lots of sprightly little violets. My love of gardens was fostered at an early age. Here I am in front of one of my Nan's flower beds when I was about 2.This photo of my brother and Rob and me was taken in front of the same flower bed when he was around 5, and I was about 7. My Dad was the photographer in the family at the time. Thanks go out to the family archives of my cousin Sara for these photos.
Hope everyone in the Friday Our Town Shoot Out gang has a great weekend!


  1. I really like the photo of you and Robert. His face has not changed over the years - so cute.

  2. Well, I really love that fence and flower photo. You composed that really well.

    The bee is great (we used to keep honey bees as a hobby) and so is the butterfly. The colors are just beautiful.

    But the last two are my favorites. I love black and white photos. The magic is easily seen in color photos. It jumps out and slaps you in the face. But in black and white photos, you are drawn in, looking for the magic is you know is there.

    Call me a romantic, but that is my story and I am sticking to it!

    Thanks for sharing everything with us! Great job.

  3. very nice series of pics of your garden. murals are fun and the pics of you as a youngster are great!

  4. I love the historical touch...the everlasting nature of a flower bed through the ages.

  5. Thanks for the kind comments. My Nan (Grandmother)was a consummate gardener and instilled the love of flowers in many of her children and grandchildren. Some of my earliest and fondest memories take place in her garden.

  6. Beautiful shots! You've caught the best of spring!

  7. I love nature at its best, buzzzz. I home schooled my children and we studied good insects in the garden.

    How cute the photos of you and I guess your brothers?

    If I get to choose one day, I vote murals! Yeah for murals!

  8. Love the old photos of you. :) And I have never seen a white bleeding heart - I like it!

    Great photos!

  9. Love the old photos of you! Gorgeous spring colors all around your yard. Very nice.

  10. Thanks so much for visiting so that I could find your blog. What a lovely group of photos. I love your childhood pictures; what treasured memories! Wishing you a great weekend!

  11. You have featured one of my favorite plants. The butterfly bush! I have the same color in my yard.

    I love the Monarchs that come grace our yard each year because of this.

    Thanks for sharing your great shots!

  12. Ahhh........I LOVE the snap of the bee!!!! You're right we can't live without them. 1 in 3 bites of food depend on bee's spreading pollen.
    Those butterflys are gorgeous as well Elain Dale........
    Those shots in front of your Nan's amazing flower's are priceless. Just priceless..........
    Have an EXTREME weekend and......

    Steady On
    Reggie Girl

  13. Wow wonderful pictures and love the older black and white ones also. Thank you for sharing them.

  14. Thanks for sharing your photos of different flowers, they're awesome. I don't think I can remember them all hahaha but I like the white bleeding heart, it's really bleeding, and the bee is cute. I wish I could take a photo of a bee on a flower. Love your black and white photos too, you're so cute.

  15. Thanks for the memory lane photos of you and your brother. They were the best.

  16. What great photos! Especially like the hosta pic! Your town looks charming.

  17. I love that you included pictures of yourself as a child in the garden! I also liked the shot of the Hosta.

  18. I just love the picture of the butterflies on the Butterfly Bush! Just perfect. What a cute picture of you and your brother. Nice post. Happy Monday!

  19. what perfect gardens you have there!! they are fabulous and uplifting!!!

    and the B&W pics of you and your brother are beautiful too!