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“Blushed” (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Kinkaku’, Japanese Tree Peony), Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/80s, ISO 640, Built-in i-TTL-BL Flash, -1.0EV, Color Efex Pro ‘Duplex’ Filter

I’ve been saving this image for quite awhile, waiting for the perfect day to post it. Well today is my sister Lynn’s birthday and I can’t think of a more fitting time!

Unlike myself, Lynn decorates for the holidays in subtle hues reminiscent of a Victorian Christmas (think shades of pink, cream, gold and pale greens nestled amongst twinkling white lights…soooo pretty). You won’t find a stitch of Christmas red and forest green but trust me, you won’t miss it one bit.

Lynn is a master gardener and if it weren’t for her, I doubt I would have any sort of green thumb. She helped nurture that seed in me oh, so many years ago when I was a new homeowner completely overwhelmed by the large landscape I had acquired. She lives across the state so I don’t get to see her very often but, we do stay in touch via telephone and when I’m in the garden or doing anything with flowers, I can’t help but think of her.

So, today’s post is all for Lynn, sending warm wishes, hugs and kisses! ♥♥♥

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I cannot tell you what a pleasant surprise it was this morning to waken to find it had rained overnight! And not the ‘8-inches-in-an-hour-so-everything-floods’ kind of rain, but, finally, a steady, ‘thirst-quenching-right-down-to-the-roots’ soak.

Such a relief! 🙂

“Raindrops on Roses” (David Austin English Rose ‘Tamora’) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/14, 1/60s, ISO 640

The air smelled alive and every plant, shrub and tree seemed to revel in the most-needed moisture. Perhaps Mother Nature hasn’t forsaken us afterall? 

This is going to be a good day. 🙂

"Rosebud" (David Austin English Rose 'Tamora') Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/320s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

"Rosebud" (David Austin English Rose 'Tamora') Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/320s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

All season, I made sure the roses were properly pruned, watered and fertilized, that they were free of bugs and disease and sadly, received very little to show for it. I finally gave up on them and let them just be and wouldn’t you know, now I’m getting blossoms?

What is up with that?

So that does it.

Next year, I will let the roses just do what they want to and maybe, just maybe I’ll have the rose garden I envisioned!

I am  pleased to report that day 2 of the art show went much better! Beautiful weather combined with a steady stream of visitors was a needed relief after the tragedy that was day 1. Phew! 🙂 Let’s hope the weekend finishes strong!

Remember those rose buds from yesterday? Well, here is the largest one less than 24 hours later:

"My Sweet Rose" (English Rose, 'The Shepherdess') Nikon D300, 380mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/50s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

"My Sweet Rosie" (English Rose, 'The Shepherdess') Nikon D300, 380mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/50s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

Not quite yet fully open, the shape is bordering on peony-like in appearance (and you all know how I feel about peonies…). This girl’s soft, peachy-pink petals are a perfect complement to her delicate, fruity fragrance.

Mmmmmm, so sweet indeed!

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