Flowers

August’s universe

August offers up a universe of lovely bouquets:

A dazzling pink galaxy of flowers;

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Yellow suns floating in the wind;

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Or a floral star in the sky;

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And, finally, an orange planet

Of gorgeous, sunlit petals.

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With a cherry on top

Last week, I passed the park with the Japanese sakura trees very early in the morning.

It was minus degrees, frosty and very cold —

But that didn’t stop this photo shoot (the model had bare feet)!

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Later on that week, I returned on a sunnier day

Just in time for a wedding photo shoot under the blossoms.

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You can’t help but smile

Underneath that candy floss canopy of flowers!

(I’m only posting once this week as I’m away filming at the end of the week.)

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Say it with flowers

Small villages around England compete

In the ‘Best Flowers’ competition every summer.

And Bramber is no exception.

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The facades of pubs and inns

Are decked out in glorious technicoloured blooms.

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Watering the flowers is quite a challenge —

You start from the top and let the water run down.

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Even the windows of the building housing

The public toilets are decked out in petalled finery.

(And yes – Bramber has won the competition several times.)

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Flower power

We’ve had a lot of rain this summer —

And it’s been wonderful discovering the different flowers in the garden.

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Raindrops are beautiful kisses

On the petalled lips of tulips,

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While bringing out the fragrance

Of the lilacs.

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(This post is scent with love

From me to you.)

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The art of wilting gracefully

I think there is much to be said

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For flowers (and people) that have blossomed out, lived life

And then begin to wilt gracefully.

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There is elegance in silken petals

(And lined faces).

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Drooping flowers — and ageing people for that matter —

Have their own beauty and wisdom.

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Pink petal profusion

One of the highlights of spring is enjoying the sakura

Or Japanese cherry blossoms in the centre of Stockholm.

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The sakura speak to us of

What is possible

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And of petalled beauty

That lasts only a short time,

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Blooming without holding back

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And reminding us that life is like the sakura:

Fleeting, fragile, fabulous.

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And don’t forget: Skywatch.


Frozen beauty

Saturday morning was well below freezing.

Passing by the local church, I saw

A riot of colours on the grass.

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Bouquets of flowers for the departed:

From iced-over pastel pink

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And bright, frosted

Folds of orange

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To the quieter tones

Of white beauty.

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Photobombing fun

It’s tulip season again — and it’s always

Lovely to bring spring inside when it’s still winter outside.

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Ruby wanted to get in on the action

And provided a warm, fuzzy background for the tulips.

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Now it was time to photograph Ruby,

But the tulips had other ideas and decided

To photobomb her! 😉

(Or maybe it was just me having fun with different focus points.)

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Then Simmie decided it was unfair

That he wasn’t in the pictures,

So he muscled in on the action,

Photobombing Ruby.

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Amazonian beauty

The botanical gardens in Stockholm

Have a round greenhouse, and every year,

If you’re lucky – you can see the world’s largest water lily,

Victoria Amazonica, in bloom.

Upside down

The large domed roof of the greenhouse

Filters the light so that the room

Is filled with a magical green.

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Some of the lilies were

Just peeking out of their pods

Budding

While others had already unfurled

Into petalled perfection.

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Summer rain

It’s been one of the wettest summers on record

Here in Sweden.

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The flowers aren’t complaining.

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In fact, they seem to unfurl

To drink in the rain

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While unopened buds

Are happy just to be.

My parents need some help this week, so I’m away in England again. I might not be able to visit you or reply to your comments. But please know they are much appreciated.

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