Last Days of Summer…

BUTTERFLY DANCE

In the Garden Passing the window at the landing of the stairs, I noticed this butterfly happily doing its dance on the Butterfly bush. I am easily distracted by butterflies. Forgetting what I was about to do, I picked up my camera to get as close as possible to this butterfly to capture its beauty. This butterfly was so enraptured by … [Read more...]

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Summer’s Surprise and…

closeup Surprise Lily copy

Dearest's New/Old Love As if  by magic, stalks appear mid-summer in my garden. These stalks are topped with deep pink buds that begin to separate and as they open, their color changes to a lovely, translucent pink. The dramatic appearance of these lovely ladies, I think have leant reason to some of its names: Resurrection Lily, Naked … [Read more...]

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Sweet Pink and White Roses

serene pink rose quote watermarked

I have enjoyed my sweet pink and white roses. I thought it might be lovely to take a few pictures of them with pink and white teacups. I set within some of these images quotes. I have made the above picture my desktop image. the soft white roses next to the creamy white teacups to me seem so gentle. the pink roses are enhanced by the pink … [Read more...]

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Geranium and Red Chintz Tea

Toile Tea with Geraniums

 Geraniums - Summer's Happy Faces In the spring, Pansies, to me, are the garden's happy face. In the summer, the glory of Roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas reign, but the happy, genial face belongs to the Geranium. Our patio in the back gets morning and afternoon shade, it is a perfect place to rest and to reflect on the beauty and gifts of life. A … [Read more...]

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To Be Loved,..

Teacup on Book

Be loveable.  Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love) by Ovid  After days and days of raindrops we had a glorious day filled with sundrops. Dearest and I worked ourselves silly outdoors - he at the church and I at the front walk of our house. To take a few moments in the afternoon for tea and to enjoy a lovely book of poems was a treat. I am reading, … [Read more...]

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Saturated Garden

Rain Saturated Translucent David Austen Roses

Heavy rain nearly day after day in Georgia has caused our garden to become saturated. Here's a story in photos. We're expecting more rain today and in the next few days. Late last night I heard cats fighting and went outside to see who might be bothering my kitties. As I walked out I looked to my right and … [Read more...]

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Lavender and Tea

Lavender Tea

Early in the morning, I spent some time in my garden harvesting lavender stems. This is one of the most singularly satisfying gardening exercises I know, it is pleasing to the senses in every way. Lavender is such a beautiful, soothing fragrance. I love that as you carefully cut the stems, the aroma of the lavender wafts up to you with all its … [Read more...]

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Picnic Tea

Summer Picnic Tea basket closeup

On the First Day of Summer We had a perfect first day of summer this weekend. The sky was clear, the temperatures moderate, for the south! I took advantage of this and set a picnic tea neath the dappled shade of the Cypress tree. I set out a rose covered comforter and brought out the pink picnic basket -actually it was green and I painted it a … [Read more...]

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Romance in the Garden

Beeswax Candles in Birdbath with Gardenias

Birdbath Decorated with Candles and Gardenias I was inspired by a photo I saw on Pinterest to create this decor vignette in my garden. I think it is so romantic to combine the beeswax candles with the fragrant Gardenias. In this corner of the garden the summer blooms are lush, I just cut back the flowers off the snapdragons - else this would … [Read more...]

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A Return to Loveliness

The Tea Party

Welcome to A Return to Loveliness  Where we celebrate all things LOVELY in our lives I appreciate all who shared that they like the new format to A Return to Loveliness. Thank you. I hope you all had a blessed Father's Day - I was thinking of my Dad, who had been called to Heaven many years ago - I have appreciated him more and more over the … [Read more...]

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