Every spring my hubby plants a backyard flower garden for me to enjoy (and of course photograph!)
This year was no exception. In early April, he buried several bulbs. Throughout the spring, I watched green stalks rise from the soil.
Then in late May, flowers began showing their colorful faces.
First were the lilies, in many different shades of pink, orange, and yellow.
Then came the dahlias, with their neat rows of multi-hued petals radiating out from a central core.
The gladiolus opened next, their tiers sporting gorgeous ruffled petals.
Many early mornings found me grabbing my camera to capture perfect light on the flowers.
I filled many a memory card with gorgeous images.
There were other bloomers - deep purple flowers, whose names I didn't know.
We even coaxed a half dozen coneflowers to rise from the dirt. With their slender pink petals and large fuzzy center, these became my favorites.
Sadly, by late July our flower garden began to dry up, a casualty of this year's unseasonable hot and dry weather.
Now nothing but a patch of brown, dried-up stems, I'm sad every time I look at it. But I'm very thankful for the hundreds of photos I've taken throughout the summer. At least I have a photographic record of the lovely garden that was. Seeing these colorful images always cheers me up.
I've posted some of my favorite flower pics here today hoping they will bring cheer to your lives too!
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