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I love lilacs.

Their delicate blossoms. Their fragrant scent. The beautiful shades of lavender.

I had a lilac bush up until the desolate septic project destroyed our back yard last year. It came from a start I got from my mom who got it from my grandpa. He enjoyed lilacs, too.

Spring without a lilac has not exactly seemed like spring.

So I’m making do today with some glorious substitutes for the real thing.

lilacs 1Light and lovely from Such Pretty Things

 

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Lilac and a book from A Good Thing Happened

 

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From Creative Country Mom Photography – can’t you almost smell the fragrance?

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And this beauty from A Little Junk in My Trunk

Happy Monday from She Who Loves Lilacs

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johnny jump ups

The other day I noticed a random pot bursting with colorful blooms in the wasteland of our backyard. I didn’t plant these sweet little violas here, they somehow, magically, grew without my help (which is probably why they look so good!).

These little flowers are pretty special to me. They remind me of my Grandpa, my dad’s father, who always had them growing in his flowerbeds. He called them Johnny Jump Ups, so that is what I’ve always referred to them by.

Apparently, viola tricolor is a European wildflower and also known as  heartsease, heart’s ease, heart’s delight, tickle-my-fancy, Jack-jump-up-and-kiss-me, come-and-cuddle-me, three faces in a hood, or love-in-idleness. Americans bestowed the Johnny Jump Up title and refer to it as a wild pansy.

Whatever you want to call it, I know that the sight of one of these darling little blooms always makes me smile. Not only because of the bold, bright colors, but because it reminds me so of my Grandpa.

She Who is Feeling Nostalgic Today

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I’ve blogged about these beauties before, but I love these tulips.

The deep magenta and the soft pink tones speak to my heart and make me smile.

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The original bulbs came from Captain Cavedwellers great-grandmother. We got our starts from CC’s grandma. Where we have them planted they are always the last tulips to bloom, usually after the threat of frost has gone and spring has truly arrived.

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I can see them from my kitchen window and all it takes is a glance at their vibrant blooms to make me smile.

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The other day the sun was shining just right to take a few fun shots of the tulips (and the bugs hiding on the petals).

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The blooms were absolutely gorgeous.

tulips 4Rich and colorful.

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And the sky was a fantastic shade of blue.

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That made me really glad I took a few minutes to stop and enjoy my tulips.

She Who Loves Spring Flowers

 

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I have come to the conclusion that sunflowers should be the official flower of September.

My self-declared proclamation stems from the fact that sunflowers, to me, are the transitional blossom between the true end of summer and the inevitable beginning of fall.

They are like some visible rite of passage for the season with their beautiful little heads, weighted down by seeds, standing in brilliant contrast against the soon-to-be autumn sky.

I do realize I’ve posted more than my share of sunflowers in the past few weeks, but I can’t seem to help myself.

They are cheery and bright.

Nodding their little heads in farewell to summer as they welcome fall.

She Who Needs to Come to Terms with the End of Summer

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Sometimes, when the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the weather is that perfect degree between pleasantly warm and scorching…

You just have to grab your camera, go outside and capture everything you see!

She Who Loves Summer

 

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A couple weeks ago, Captain Cavedweller and I took a week of escape and ventured to a bigger city where there are all kinds of fabulous wonders like shopping malls, IMAX theaters, unlimited dining options, zoos, botanical gardens and did I mention shopping malls?

One day, we wandered through a lovely rose garden and, making CC pack my camera for me wherever we went, I snapped a few shots.

The garden welcomes visitors with this wonderful statue of the woman the rose garden is named after.

 

I don’t know why, but the fountain with the bright blue water fascinated me more than it probably should have.

 

It really is a lovely and well-kept rose garden with fun walkways and interesting landscape elements.

 

And the roses…

were absolutely…

gorgeous!

She Who Could Spend Hours Smelling Roses

 

 

 

 

 

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Cosmos…

So bright…

So cheery…

So perfectly summery against a brilliant blue sky.

She Who Loves Summer Flowers

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