It was a sunshine, lollipops and rainbows kind of day here in Seattle today! The garden is looking sparkly and smart as we spent much of the day tidying, weeding and sprucing.

These are tulips D brought from one of his trips to The Netherlands last fall that I planted in the woodland garden.
They even look kind of like lollipops!

Plus bluebells, apple blossoms, azaleas, rhododendrons, trillium and still lots and lots of narcissus. Oh, and today I saw the first columbines about to bloom. :)

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my last post – I did get them all via email even though Blogger lost half of them here.

(And now I see Blogger has published THIS post before I was finished with it. Oh, dear.)
So, I’ll leave you with wishes for a weekend that’s brighter than a lucky penny and filled with everything that’s wonderful.
xoxo – g
p. s. These were all shot with my magnificent Nikon 105mm macro, very shallow depth of field and purposely a bit overexposed. No time for processing, just posting as shot. xoxo

Cheerful Colors

Hello and Happy May! I hope you are well. I’m still editing images from the Southern US trip so have to delay sharing South Carolina for a bit longer. Meanwhile, here are photos from recent shoots and a bit of what’s blooming in the garden right now. Lady Spring has been slow to grace us in the Pacific Northwest this year, but happily, I can with certainty say she has arrived.

(I love this basket! 99 cents at the thrift store.)

A spring nosegay picked straight from our sweet woodland garden including Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus), Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Periwinkle (Vinca minor), Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum), Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) and Nemesia (Nemesia ‘Sunsatia Mango’).

More from the garden with the addition of Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ and ‘Sweetness’, Rhododendron ‘Cheer’, Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles) , Azalea and Evergreen Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens). Kwanzan cherry blossoms from Mom’s enormous tree. I might add that this basket is very fragrant! I wait all year for these heavenly smells.

Thank you, each of you, for visiting. Welcome to new followers and may we all become old friends before long!
xo – g

Surprises and Serendipity

I’ve been away.

Hello, dear friends! Yes, I’ve been away again, not only from my blog here and your wonderful spaces but away from home, on two wonderful journeys in less than a week. From a celebration in an historic English castle to beach towns, sun and sea breezes, inspiring encounters with remarkable women and a giddy jaunt through fields of impossibly brilliant color.

So, if you don’t mind, I’m taking a brief detour from the Georgia and South Carolina trip to share some recent images with you. They seemed to fit this day of pageantry and celebration.

I mentioned some surprise plans for D’s birthday (he sends many thanks for your thoughtful wishes) which I’m pleased turned out beautifully and were indeed (thankfully) a surprise to him. On Saturday, I drove him out of town, having sent him an invitation a few days earlier with instructions to pack an overnight bag. And this is where I took him:

Thornewood Castle is an authentic, Tudor-era English manor that was purchased in the early 1900s by Chester Thorne, one of the founders of the Port of Tacoma, Washington. He had the house dismantled, brick by brick, and brought from England to America on three ships which sailed around the Horn. The house was rebuilt as a gift for his wife, Anna.

Stained glass fragments, a grand staircase of 500 year old oak and original panelling are among the astounding features of the house.

Luckily for us, it is now a classy bed and breakfast. And only 45 minutes from our house. I couldn’t resist it as a birthday surprise.

Looking out the windows of our room.

Then early, early, early Wednesday morning (perhaps too early for me anymore), I flew to San Diego and drove north up the California coast for two appointments with very remarkable and inspiring women who I was thrilled to finally meet in person. I am so grateful for this amazing community where meeting our online friends feels so much like a homecoming and connections click into place in an instant. Much more on these meetings in a future post.

In the evening, I drove south again, hugging the coast as the sparkling surf rolled in, and stayed in a town on the sea. The morning found me up early, invigorated by the sun and knee-deep in 50 acres of these:

Yes, a hillside farm covered with ranunculus, and me on my own with my camera gear. So eager to be there that I left the hotel without so much as brushing my hair. After all, I had the day ahead of me, all alone, and no one but D knew I would be there.

But it was my turn to be surprised when, after some hours among the flowers, I heard a voice say “Are you Georgianna?” Umm, excuse me? I was alone, on a breezy hillside, in a town I’d never visited before, confident and comfortable in my anonymity. I looked around, suddenly conscious of my disheveled appearance. A lovely lady standing in front of me said “I’m Lauren.” Lauren! Blogging friend, fellow passionate traveler and avid photographer. I stared, incredulous. So did she. Both of us amazed she recognized me and dared to ask. We laughed, we hugged, we had lunch and rambled through the blooms. She had, somewhat on a whim, driven down from LA to photograph the fields.
Who would ever have thought. I’m still stunned. And, once again, these incredible connections, meant to be, I’m convinced.
I arrived home late last night, too tired to stay up for the live coverage of the Royal Wedding but I did indulge in watching it this morning over coffee. And so, another week ahead of catching up but oh, well, well worth it!
I hope your weekend is filled with lovely surprises. I truly do.
love and hugs,
xo – g
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