Sunday, June 12, 2011

Recent Flowers

I'm back,after a week away from posting.
I have survived a difficult week,but that is now in the past,and I want to focus on the present and the future.
Today I share with you a few flowers from my garden and one other one.


This pretty Columbine grows right outside my door.
I had forgotten that I had one in this color,so I am really enjoying it now.



Also just beside the Columbine is one of my Fern-leaf Peonies.
These plants were a gift from a friend,so they are extra special.
Last year they never bloomed.but I have been enjoying their pretty flowers this year.



This little fountain stands at the end of my new flower bed.This is where we used to have a small pond,but I have turned the area into a flower bed and just added this fountain.



Finally,this pretty little bouquet greeted me at the restaurant where my friends took me for breakfast,for my birthday.
My good friend had taken the flowers there before she picked me up.Also greeting me there was a brightly colored Happy Birthday balloon.

I am so thankful for friends,who care enough to go the extra mile to make my day special.Many of you have done just that over the past months and I am very grateful for your friendships.

Though for today:
Tender little memories
Of some word or deed
Give us strength and courage
When we are in need.

41 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely poem and post, Ruth! I hope you had a great birthday with your friends. Your flowers are gorgeous. The first one is my favorite and I just love the cute fountain. Great photos and I hope you have a wonderful week!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, God has blessed you with some wonderful friends... :) happy birthday to you...

and those blooms are spectacular! LOVE that vibrant columbine!!!

Susan said...

great pictures of flowers..I especially like the one of the fountain..it looks so peaceful

Dorothy said...

Love your flowers & fountain!
Love,
Dorothy

Rita said...

Your fern leaf peonies are absolutely gorgeous! And the little vase with flowers just precious. Thank you for sharing them.

The Retired One said...

Love these crystal clear photos of your gorgeous flowers!

Janice K said...

What a lovely post, and you have such a beautiful yard. The Colubine and Peony brought back memories of the farm where I grew up. Everything seemed to grow so well there. Living in the woods definitely provides a few challenges in getting flowers to bloom; however, in the Spring I have lots of wildflowers to enjoy. My poenies did not even bloom this year. I have never seen any with leaves like yours either. All so pretty!

Ginny Hartzler said...

So that is what a columbine looks like! How beautiful. Of course they will always remind me of that school shooting, one of the first ones I think. The fern leaved peony, wow!!! I have never seen one before!! The leaves are like ferns. And also I have never seen a red peony. Do the fern leaved come in other colors, or just red?

john bord said...

Belated Happy Birthday

Love the flowers
Columbine is one of my favs

Debbie said...

wow ruth your gardens and flowers are gorgeous.....

i love the the fountain, the glorious sound of trickling water.

happy birthday...beautiful little bouquet of flowers!!!

Anita Johnson said...

The fern leaf peonies are beautiful,Ruth.
Do you realize you are a role model for many of us? Your faith in the Lord, kindness and honesty in your loss have been a blessing to all of us that read your blog. I will continue to pray for you.

Unknown said...

Ruth, gorgeous shots, all of them!
And many happy returns!

A Garden of Threads said...

Happy Birthday. I hope you have a better week. Take care:)

Michelle said...

That fountain is beautiful...so are those blooms. I'm glad you had a good birthday with friends. :)

S. Etole said...

what a peaceful, lovely garden ...

Karin said...

Oh Ruth, I love those fern leaf peony - the colors remind me of Christmas! Your new fountain is so pretty - good choice! So thankful that you had a special birthday celebration with your friends - sweet little vase of flowers! Such a pretty little Columbine! Have a great week!

jeanlivingsimple said...

Lovely post, Ruth!
I have that Columbine in one of my beds. Of course it's blooming days are long gone for this year. The Hummingbirds loved it. I really like your fountain. Bet the birds will also!
You have great friends. Listen to them.

Diane said...

With a 3 year old around for four days last week I completely missed your birthday Ruth. I'm so sorry. A belated Happy Birthday to you from the bottom of my heart. I hope it was a good day for you. Hugs, Diane

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Diane said...

I almost forgot to tell you how beautiful these flowers are. The columbine is an incredible color, the birthday flowers are so pretty shining in the sunshine. Beautiful. Diane

Misty said...

Gorgeous colors especially in that first shot.

Montanagirl said...

Happy Birthday! Your photos are beautiful - that first one is superb.

Susan said...

Hi Ruth,
I came across your blog via Rocky Mountain Retreat Blog by Michelle.
Your name looked familiar, then I remembered there used to be a blog I read by Terry Heibert in the maritimes.
I read through a couple of your recent posts and was very moved by your writing and your beautiful photos. Although you have had some difficult anniversaries this month, they are still reasons to celebrate and remember. Your faith shows in your writing. I pray that God continues to hold you up by His grace.
Susan

Dawning Inspiration said...

THOSE are beautiful flowers!
Glad you had a good birthday and that the painful week is in your past. Been thinking lots about you and praying for you...hugs!

Arija said...

I am so glad that something nice happened on your birthday after all. Your garden looks splendid with it's new fountain and pretty flowers all about. Aren't plants from friends just so very special? You think of them whenever you see the plant and thinking of them with gratitude is such a blessing

Lovely columbine with it's cheerful colours.

Elaine said...

What a blessing to have such thoughtful friends! I know they helped make your birthday much happier. Your flowers are gorgeous and your photos excellent.

Betty Manousos said...

what a spectacular!

beautiful banner, too!

have a great week ahead!
(from start to finish!)

betty xx

Sandra said...

the birthday flowers are really beautiful, so happy you had friends to take you out for your BD and what a sweet way to do it. the first 2 flowers are gorgeous and are both flowers I have never seen.
your fountain is beautiful with all those flowers.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Friends are truly gifts from God. Where would we be without them? The flowers are lovely, especially that columbine.

Kerri Farley said...

Beautiful images Ruth! I'm sorry you had a rough week but very happy that your friends have been there for you!

My name is Riet said...

What beautiful pictures Ruth. Sorry to hear you hd a rough week. Hopefully everything will be fine from now .

Unknown said...

Your pictures are lovely. I love columbine-they are so fragile looking. And I love the color of the peonies along with your new fountain. You have a gift for beauty. I am thankful you made it through your difficult week.

Lisa said...

Just so very stunning. I love the Columbine .

Christine said...

Happy Birthday Ruth! And many blessings too! The columbine is awesome.

Leontien said...

Ruth Van Harte Gefeliciteerd!!!
and yes this means Happy Birthday!!!

I'm happy you feel a bit better then last week!

Beautiful flowers!
Thanks
Leontien
www.fourleafcloverdairy.blogspot.com

Shug said...

Ruth...How lovely are your words written and how lovely are the flowers that are growing all around you...Happy Birthday to you lovely lady and many Blessings for this week to come...
hugs,
shug

Unknown said...

Hi Ruth,

*hugs* I am glad that you're feeling a bit better this week. I hope that you were able to have some Happy for your Birthday, and I am VERY glad that your friends there are taking such good care of you.

Your flowers are beautiful! I see your hard work in the yard is definitely paying off!

Betty Manousos said...

aww, happy belated birthday!!

(sorry... didn't notice that yesterday.)

betty xx
hugs!

kim23 said...

Happy Birthday, Ruth! nice shots! Your garden and birthday flowers are very gorgeous! I hope you had a wonderful birthday with your friends!

Leah said...

Isn't it awesome to have such great friends! Love your flower pics!

Pat said...

You have an absolutely lovely flower bed, Ruth. I love the fountain! The columbine and peonies are both gorgeous.

What a wonderful friends you have who reach out to you and make sure you have a pleasant time on your birthday.