Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Saturday, May 25, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

White Dutch iris

Bulbs are great. When you find some that are happy where you put them, their return each year is such a gift. These white Dutch irises are such a pretty sight in my May garden.

Simple yellow and white Dutch iris with moisture from a recent shower on its petals

Simple yellow and white Dutch iris with moisture from a recent shower on its petals

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Published Friday, May 24, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Row of trees

There’s a Winco supermarket not too far away, and their parking lot is quite scenic, as they are on a bit of a hill so the sky shows through the trees. Makes shopping an art experience, if you look up.

A row of trees at sunset in a supermarket parking lot

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Published Thursday, May 23, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Puffy clouds

This spot near my house is the most amazingly scenic overlook, at least when it is sunny. Did you know that the Seattle area gets more overcast days (220 per year) than any other US city? It just makes us giddy when the sun is out.

Big puffy clouds reflect on the water in Normandy Park, WA

Big puffy clouds reflect on the water in Normandy Park, WA

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Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Purple lupines

I love lupines. [Where I used to live in Northern California, the blue ones grew wild on hillsides and they bloomed at the same time as orange California poppies. Unfortunately, if you have CA poppies in your garden, you will never get rid of them, and might be sorry you ever planted them and their resulting millions of offspring. However, in the right spot, it’s a winning combo. But I digress.] These purple ones in my garden make me so happy in the springtime, and return every year. Removing spent flowers really does extend the bloom time for them.

Lavender and purple lupines bloom in Seattle in May

Lavender and purple lupines bloom in Seattle in May

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Published Monday, May 20, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Blooming garden

This year my garden is looking good. We didn’t have any hard frosts or unusual amount of rain and the plants are relieved. Purple and red is a fine color combination, in my opinion. The red is geum, a perennial, and the mauvy-purple ball is a kind of allium, a bulb. In the back are white Dutch irises, and in the upper right, the peas are climbing.

Red geum flowers plus purple allium light up this flowerbed in Seattle

Red geum flowers plus purple allium light up this flowerbed in Seattle

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Published Sunday, May 19, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Perennial bachelor button

The bees were out and buzzing today. They love some of the flowers, and don’t care so much about others. This perennial blue bachelor button, also called Centaurea montana or Mountain bluet, is almost too vigorous, but what a fabulous, almost-purple color, and on such nice long stems for bouquets.

A bee busily working a  perennial blue bachelor button flower

A bee busily working a perennial blue bachelor button flower

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Published Friday, May 17, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Backyard playhouse

Our next door neighbors have a little baby, a girl nine months old. Do you believe that they got this playhouse for her? It is the cutest thing I ever saw, and she was quite happy sitting on the floor inside, chewing on the toy spatula that comes with it.

Playhouse with a picket fence nestles among the rhododendrons

Playhouse with a picket fence nestles among the rhododendrons

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Published Thursday, May 16, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Backyard garden

Well, the pasture behind my yard (the between the two fences) has been sold, and a house will be built on it this summer, we are told. Sigh. The horses are gone. Things change. Here is what it looked like from my patio, today.

Backyard garden in Normandy Park, WA, with red flowers

Backyard garden in Normandy Park, WA, with red and pink flowers

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Published Thursday, May 16, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

House and rainbow

OK, it’s not the best photo in the world, and there are all those wires, but who doesn’t love a spring rainbow? Hope you have good luck all day long today.

A spring rainbow in Burien, Washington

A spring rainbow in Burien, Washington

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Published Tuesday, May 14, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink rhododendrons

Rhododendrons, or rhodies as we call them affectionately, bloom extremely well here in the Pacific Northwest. They reach their peak about now. If you live in the Seattle area, you can probably see ones as tall as houses, here and there. This old one is blooming right in front of my house. Lucky me!

rhody, rhodie, azalea

Many shades of pink in this rhododendron blooming in the spring sunshine

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Published Monday, May 13, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Lily of the Valley

These sweet, tiny, white bells are some of my very top-favorite flowers. Luckily, they thrive on the front (north) side of my house. A handful of them in a vase is a heady experience. The fragrance is sublime, and like a sweet dream. Can you tell I love these flowers? I really love this image of them and I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Convallaria majalis, or lily of the valley, blooming in the garden

Convallaria majalis, or lily of the valley, blooming in the garden

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Published Sunday, May 12, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Yellow moth orchid

This exquisite yellow and magenta pink phalaenopsis orchid was blooming in the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle last time I was there. I love the warm colors and the exciting dots in the center. Come here, little pollinating insect!

phalaenopsis orchid

Yellow and magenta moth orchid at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle

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