outside my window

There’s always a camera on the arm of the chair in my living room so when I see something outside my window, I’m ready to go.  These are some of the the images I’ve captured in the last couple of weeks…

October 14

October 14

October 21 clouds

October 21 – love that my balcony faces West.

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October 21

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October 22

October 22 sunset

October 22

October 27 snow

October 27 – and yes it’s snowing in the background. I’m still enjoying the novelty of flowers blooming in late October!

October 27

flowers still in bloom

Back to my favourite subject… close-up flower photography. Really enjoying that my flowers are still blooming (especially when the leaves have fallen off the trees – it’s nice to still have some colour to look at).

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petunias and blue sky

This has been a pretty perfect weekend weather-wise – hello summer!  Went grocery shopping yesterday before supper and everyone looked sun-kissed (or burnt!) and mellow and just content.  We had what seemed like six months of winter (the sad part is that’s not a big exaggeration), we needed this summer weather. Now I have to go back outside to enjoy the rest of the day!

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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?!

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the lowly petunia

I used to think petunias were boring.  When I first started planting flowers on my balcony,  I would choose plants at the greenhouse that were more interesting and prettier – gerbera daisies, garden mums, fuchsias and a host of flowers that bloomed once and never again. I was attracted to the flash of colour and the image of summer long blooms, so I eagerly added those to my cart. And, yes they were pretty when they flowered, but I began to appreciate those flowers with more staying power – petunias and pansies and marigolds bloom forever. After such a long winter and a chilly, grey, blah blah blah spring, I want something solid and dependable that will deliver colour all summer long.  Petunias fit the bill.  Sure, I’ll likely be unable to resist a gerbera daisy or two, but the lowly petunia will be front and centre this year.

(I really want to to get my hands in some dirt, instead of frivolously musing about the merits of the lowly petunia!!!)  🙂

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