My mother not only grows all her own food, she also grows the most gorgeous flowers.
From spring until late fall, she always has something beautiful blooming all around her house and grounds. I sneak over sometimes and cut here and there hoping she won't notice I've snitched something:-) She always knows, though, because somehow, she is acquainted with each beautiful bloom.
As much as I love lilies, I think zinnias are taking first place amongst my favorites these days. I *love* the beautiful vibrant colors so much...
...and I think it is obvious they have influenced my interior colors this spring and summer. Combined with the vintage silk sarees I ordered from India, they make a combination that you cannot help but smile at.
Mother's cone flowers have been magnificent and range from light pink to deep, velvety purple.
Of course, I have to sneak some kind of lily in, and this tiger lily, which belonged to my maternal grandmother, now resides in my mother's garden -- its vibrant blooms reminding us of a most beautiful and graceful woman.
And speaking of Tiger -- Mother's cat certainly enjoys overseeing the garden in these lazy, hazy days of summer.
How amazing it is that something as simple as a flower, or a beautiful cat, can inspire such a needed and healthy response as a smile.
It's the little things:-)
I'll be joining: