Summer flowers

Summer’s here!

We’ve had a lot of rain this summer (in fact, it’s raining right now) and it’s beautiful outside. I love summer rains. Everything is lush and flowers cover the bright green grass like jewels spilt over the earth.

So this is a relatively short post as we haven’t really had the chance to go out in the last month, but I decided to post a few photos of the flowers from our garden.

My grandfather planted clematis on the side of our house and the flowers bloomed in the last few days of May. They were so large and vivid.


It took me quite a few tries to capture the natural color of the flower. Because it had just rained, the lighting was messing around with me.

Our rhododendrons bloomed around the same time as the clematis. Again, they didn’t last long, but they were just as bright.


The colors of both flowers were so brilliant, especially in the rain. With raindrops on their petals, they looked as if they glowed in the returning sunlight.

And finally, our Saskatoon berry tree produced berries once again. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to make anything with them this year and the birds ate most of them, but the ones we managed to save tasted as good as ever. (You can see the pie my sister and I made last year here.)



That’s all from me for now.

Thank you reading and enjoy the last few days of June!

Springtime Flowers

I love springtime. The weather is just perfect, with cool breeze and sunshine and of course, the fresh colors springing up. (Pun intended)

Even though we’re now in summer, I never did a post on our spring flowers. First of all, spring came late in Chicago. We had flurries in April and the trees were only starting to bud when we left for the Smoky Mountains. So I decided to do a quick post on our flowers from this spring.

We begin by going back in time to the last week of April, when our magnolia tree bloomed.

Star magnolias, they’re called. The scent is heavenly.


And then, finally when we had given up hope for our daffodils, they bloomed. We headed over to the Morton Arboretum to see the famous daffodil glade. As usual, we were not disappointed.


Tried out a filter.


I have no idea what these are, but aren’t they sweet?

A few more pictures from our trip to the arboretum…

Turtle. 🙂
Fun fact: I have had an unhealthy obsession with pinecones since I was little.

While we were in Tennessee, it rained for two days and on Saturday evening when we pulled into our driveway, tired out from the long drive, we were greeted with these:


When my grandfather said he planted tulips, I thought they would be the plain red ones we’ve always had in our other gardens. What a lovely surprise these were.


And just a week later, our dining room was perfumed with the scent of azaleas from outside the window.


And to conclude, a random picture of a very beautiful dandelion.


Thanks for reading!