I have inherited many qualities from my mother. We don't necessarily look alike, but there are times when I say or do something and I swear it's not me, but my mom whose voice I hear or actions I see. Dean claims he knows exactly who I'll be as I age by observing my mom (luckily, they get along well). Unfortunately, one of the qualities I have not gotten from my mom is her green thumb. She is a great gardener, I am proud when I keep a couple of potted herbs alive in my windowsill for more than a month.
Mom's garden has a pond with fish and lots of flowers and trees that span the front, side and back yard space. It's not too formal or contrived, but with much more of a wild, country garden feel, which suits both my mom and her yard's landscape. Here's just a bit of what is blooming now. A little orange flower, whose name escapes me right now. Purple lupins, scattered throughout the yard. Gorgeous pale pink peonies, with dark pink trim on some of the petals. Peonies are some of my very favorite flowers. Little vines of deadly nightshade, which is quite pretty despite it's name. The deadly nightshade and the metal bird archway (or perhaps it's called a trellis? You know, one of those things you walk through...not only am I not a gardener, I cannot even name common garden objects). A little clump of maltese cross flowers in a gorgeous deep orange. Purple iris around the fish pond, which is nestled in the front of the garden. Such bright, vibrant pink flowers, another name that escapes me right now (and also escaped my mom when we walked through the garden, as I recall). I love this snow in summer because of it's slivery colored leaves. This unusual flower is so much prettier when you slow down and take the time to look at it close-up, much like many other parts of life, I think. And look at these little forget-me-nots, so tiny yet so very perfect. Such a lovely garden, and mom really enjoys working it in. Many a summer evening, she gathers the two dogs and heads out with her tools, weeding and planting until the sun goes down.