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After the Rain

pink ruffled flowers with raindrops on them

We’ve had such a hot, dry summer with heat wave after heat wave. I don’t love hot weather, so I was very happy when we had a nice cloudy day recently with a good rain. Unfortunately, it’s been so dry that the rain didn’t make much of a difference to the water table, and we really could do with several days in a row of a steady, soaking rain…but at least we had that small reprieve. And when it had finished raining and the clouds had passed, there were millions of diamonds left behind frosting each and every petal.

dark purple blue pansy covered in rain drops

astilbe and a burgundy daylily

Astilbe and a Burgundy Daylily

rose mallow with rain drops on the petals

Pink Mallow or Lavatera

rose mallow and german statice flowers in the garden

Mallow and German Statice

pale periwinkle blue delphinium flower

Delphinium

sedum and daylily covered in rain droplets

Sedum and Orange and Yellow Daylily

pink climbing rose

John Cabot climbing rose

Some New Old Artwork

starry sky painting in a mat

Well, I vanished there for a little bit…but I have been busy while I’ve been gone! I rediscovered some of my watercolour pieces from a couple of years ago that I never completed or developed and decided that now was a good time to finish them up.

I’ve also been taking new product photos for my shop and have slowly been adding and updating the pieces in both my Poshmark and Artyologist Shops.

straw hat and mountains original paintings

These two originals are now available here or here. They come with an 8×10 white mat, so they are ready to pop into a frame. I think that the straw hat illustration would be perfect for a dressing room/area or a little girls’ room!

I’ve also got four new card designs in my Society 6 shop.

hello and many thanks cards

A simple “Hello” card for any occasion. And I liked the hearts from my Valentine collection, and thought that a thank-you card would be another nice option.

hat and sunglasses cards

The straw hat also makes a cute little “thinking of you” card. And finally these retro white sunglasses! I painted this for a “summer” prompt on Instagram a few years ago, and thought it would be a perfect “congratulations” card. I can see this one being good for a graduation or maybe even a wedding.

That’s all for today. I hope to be back with some more new posts, but we’ve had such a heat wave lately, and now smoke from the forest fires, so it makes taking photos rather difficult, unfortunately. I hope you have been enjoying your summer and that you have a great weekend!

Blossom Time

plum tree bloom

I hope you will forgive this blog turning into a diary of all of the photos of flowers I’ve seen lately. I haven’t been feeling well the past week so wasn’t able to finish a different post I had planned, so here are some Spring blossoms to cheer you on this Wednesday!

cluster of plum tree blooms

plum tree in spring

I wish you could smell them, they are so delightful, and this is such a lovely time of year, isn’t it?

Do you have blooming trees where you live? What are your favourite Spring flowers?

single plum tree blossom

cherry blossoms

blossom ring

pink spring blossoms

single light pink blossom

apple blossoms

Tiny Leaves and Growing Flowers

tiny bright green leaves unfurling on a branch

It’s finally starting to green up out there. Every day new little plants are pushing their way up out of the soil and leaves are unfurling from the trees. Tiny little flowers are blooming in the sunshine, and of course once the greenhouses opened we were treated to the lush full flowers of the bedding plants!

tiny spiky flowered yellow woodland tulips

woodland tulips

tiny green leaves and irises coming up out of the ground

tiny yellow and white woodland tulipwoodland tulip

peony bush leaves coming up out of the ground and a red sedum cluster

L: peony coming up out of the soil. R: sedums and hens and chicks

tiny purple johnny jump up flower only an inch tall

johnny jump up, only 1 inch tall!

tiny aspen leaves

red and green coleus leaves and a yellow million bells flower

coleus and million bells

purple bedding plant flowers

purple and yellow violas and a yellow begonia

violas and begonias

Afternoon Tea, With Peonies, for the Arrival of Spring

bouquet of white and pink peonies beside a cup of tea

Spring arrives this weekend, and with it the hope of sunny days, warm weather and flowers…well eventually. We’ve still got quite a wait before anything green starts to grow, and it’s all looking a bit cardboard brown out there now while the snowdrifts recede, but that doesn’t even matter because deep down inside, we still know that it’s Spring!

This photo set is one that I took a few years ago but then never ended up posting…but that’s OK, because they are the perfect cheerful photos to post now for the arrival of spring!

a bouquet of pink and white flowers, and a teacup atop a stack of books

a cup of tea and a bouquet of peonies, an antique book cover

a table set for tea with a bouquet and floral teacup

I have been thinking lately about having a proper tea party. Even though I drink tea all the time, there is something different about “afternoon tea”, isn’t there? It’s just nice to sometimes go about setting the table, pulling out your favourite floral teacup, brewing up a pot, and serving it with a special treat. I think that this weekend is the perfect time to have one in celebration of the arrival of Spring!

Do you have any special plans to welcome the arrival of Spring? Do you like to have afternoon tea parties?

top view of a cup of tea in a floral teacup

closeup of a peony bouquet, and a floral teacup on top of antique books

a china teacup with a bouquet of pink and white peonies

a cup of afternoon tea

a bouquet, stack of books and a teacup atop a table

a cup of tea

a closeup of a peony bouquet and a teacup on top of books

a bouquet of pink and white peonies