I know what you’re thinking, but we’re talking about flowers, people! “My Pretty Bloomers” was the name of a swap I participated in for the “Color and Light Photo Swappers” group on swap-bot. Swappers were to share a photo postcard of flowers from their gardens or, in my case, a photo from someone else’s garden.
Here’s the pretty bold bloomer “Ladydy5,” my partner, sent. She writes, “This flowers every year” and what makes it a “joy to see” is that it was a gift for a special occasion.
“Ladydy5’s Bold Bloomer”
I also received a bloomer via email from my photog-penfriend Dee, who happened to be my send-to partner.
“Dee’s Sunny Bloomer”
Simply because the sunflower is my favorite flower, I played around with Dee’s photo a bit. Here are two of my favorite edits.
Dee’s Bloom Edit 1
Dee’s Bloom Edit 2
And from my photog friend Patty (aka Cakers)–
Don’t you just love the deep, rich colors of this pansy?
Like me, Patty doesn’t have a garden, but she has the most beautiful purple clematis plant. It’s 22-years-old! The longest I’ve ever kept a plant alive is three years. I’m tempted to share her clematis photos here, but I’ll save that for her. She needs to update her blog anyway. Hint! Hint! 😉
The flowers I photographed are from my friend Colleen’s garden. She has a very pretty garden, full of variety and color. She has some staples, such as red, pink, and white roses, but she also mixes things up a bit from one year to the next–based on what I’ve seen the last two years. She even has an awesome vegetable garden in the back of her yard. I nabbed a few pics of grapes yesterday!
I used a few of the photos of Colleen’s garden to create a collage for my partner.
This garden deserves a closer look. Don’t you think? Here’s a sampling of some of the beauties from last year’s garden. (Click an image to view larger)
Purple is my favorite color, so when I see purple in a garden (okay, anywhere), I’m going to snap a photo of it. Colleen had purple in abundance in last year’s garden and I’m fighting not to include all of them here. I just learned from her that the tiny pink flowers are some type of rose, something I would have never guessed.
And this year’s garden:
2014 was dominated by pink in varying shades and lots of different roses. That yellow flower is a knockout rose–another flower I’d never guess is a type of rose.
My mom has the greenest thumb I’ve ever seen. You’d think she’d pass some of her skill and knowledge on to me. Really, she tried. Other things vied for my attention. But I’m really connected with my mom and I can’t look at flowers without thinking of her, so I’ll share with you a photo of one of hers.
My Mother’s Zinnia, 2011
And lastly, because “life” made me a blog slacker in the spring, I’m sharing with you the “yellow flowers” I received for International Women’s Day 2014. If you’re interested, you can see the ones I sent out here.
That’s it for now! Enjoy!