Favourite Day of the Year

Yesterday, when the guy at the greenhouse asked me if I was happy with my purchases as I was leaving, I told him choosing my flowers was one of my favourite days of the year. I planted my flowers today, and enjoyed every minute of digging my hands in the soil, so it’s one of my favourite weekends of the year! I kept to the plan and bought a lot of petunias, along with pansies, geraniums, dahlias, and a few others. (For anyone in Regina, I bought most of my flowers at Cedar Creek Gardens near the old Drive-In. It’s a family run greenhouse in their first operation. They were really friendly and helpful, and have big plans to expand so I hope everything goes well for them this year. They also have a booth at the Farmer’s Market.)

It’s debatable whether it it’s too early to plant, as it’s been a very chilly Spring (maybe by the end of the week there will actually be leaves on the trees!) but what the heck, what’s the worst that can happen?!

gerbera daisy 2014 more pansies 2014 pansy 2014 pink geraniums 2014 pink petunia 2014 striped pansy 2014

anxiously awaiting the colours of spring and summer

The sky is a brilliant blue today, and it’s a balmy -28 degrees (-38 with the windchill) and these Blue Rodeo lyrics (song is “Get Through To You”) are going through my head:

Looks like winter’s never gonna leave this grey town
I think it’s going to snow all summer

Okay, I know winter will end at some point, but once again, it’s a Sunday that is too cold to go out and take pictures, so I’m thinking about the colours of spring and summer today. I went looking through my photo library for pictures with bright, brilliant colours…

North Saskatchewan River sunset - iphone pic

sunset over the North Saskatchewan River

Cypress Hills trees

sun streaming through the trees – looking up from lawn chair in the campsite at Cypress Hills

flower in mom's garden

flower in Mom’s garden

flowers in Prince Rupert

flowers in Prince Rupert, BC

mom and dad's backyard

Robin’s nest in Mom and Dad’s backyard

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spring walk in Wascana Park

sunfower in farmer's field

sunflower in farmer’s field in Southern Saskatchewan

flowers for a Monday in January

Just some flower pictures for a wintery Monday…

Vivid colour in Victoria Park, late July

Vivid colour in Victoria Park, late July

Rose in the Legistlative Garden on Labour Day

Rose in the Legistlative Garden on Labour Day

Look-out Point at Cypress Hills

Look-out Point at Cypress Hills

Geraniums on my balcony

Geraniums on my balcony

Taking pictures of flowers in Vancouver...

Taking pictures of flowers in Vancouver…

a walk around Wascana Lake

For a flat prairie city, plunked in the middle of nowhere, Regina is actually a very pretty city. When I moved here many years ago I certainly didn’t think it was, and didn’t plan to stay very long, but this is my home now. Wascana Park is one of my favourite places in Regina.  I took most of these towards the end of a walk around the lake (I was walking for exercise, too, not just picture taking opportunities, so I had to keep the momentum going!)…well and the sun was setting, too, so the walk was timed perfectly…

These were all taken in about a half hour time span. I love how the colours changed in that short period of time (they are posted in the order that I took them).

Wascana Lake 1

Wascana Lake 2

Wascana Lake 3

Wascana Lake 4

Wascana Lake 5

Wascana Lake 6

Wascana Lake 7

gold

This is the time of year when everything starts to turn to gold.  Spring and summer are my favourite seasons, but I have to admit this is a pretty time of the year (although not here today as it’s windy, grey, and wet).  November and March are my least favourite months of the year – November is usually windy, cold, and snowy (although the Roughriders usually make the playoffs so they are a good distraction). I’m just waiting for the multi-coloured lights of December that start appearing in living room windows, on trees and houses and yards that reflect so beautifully in the snow.  March is just blah, blah, blah.  I think winter should be over and I start looking forward to spring, but March is just such a long month!

Anyway…I will enjoy the golden hues of the season, and hope for a very short and mild winter.

I'm pretty sure I have pictures of these columns in every season!

I’m pretty sure I have pictures of these columns in every season!

one of my favourite colours

one of my favourite colours

Wascana Creek looks pretty in the fall light....

Wascana Creek looks pretty in the fall light….

another of my favourite places in Regina to photograph

another of my favourite places in Regina to photograph