In Memorium
Spring Flowers Miss You

Happy Birthday.....

Hi Everyone.  Happy Wednesday.

I have a birthday card to share with you tonight and I'm dedicating this card to my mother.   Mom would have been 95 today.  Mom loved flowers, especially pink and yellow ones and I thought that she would enjoy these watercolor ranunculus.  They are so bright and fresh and I had fun coloring them for this card.

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I think the light must have been lower than I thought when I took these photos - they are all slightly out of focus and it's too dark to go and retake the photos.  So, I hope you will forgive me.   Want a closeup of the flowers - they really are pretty with their shine:-)  and...again.. they are out of focus grrrrr :-)   but you get the idea :-)

Birthday ranunculus closeup (1 of 1)

Mom would have really appreciated the efforts that we are making in our garden.  I remember having a conversation with her when I was very young - before the age of 10!  She was talking about what we were doing to the environment and how we were destroying the habitats for flora and fauna and how wrong it was that we were allowing this to happen.  I clearly remember her saying that you can not call it progress or civilization if it was at the cost of our future.  What I didn't know then was how right she was.   I think it must have been that conversation that has lived with me all these years and been the silent driver for all the things that I do.

So, as color is - slowly - starting to appear, I thought I would share some of the native plantings - and I know Mom would have loved them:-)

I am obsessed with these Prairie Smoke.  The flowers are quite pretty.... but their seed heads are stunning and are the reason they get their name:

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Aren't they just the most amazing seed heads?  Stunning.

I love these Lupine, too.

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Lastly - how about these amazing geranium:

Geranium (1 of 1)

Aren't they the softest shade of lilac?   This is the color that my mother felt suited me best and I remember my first real party dress was this color and she loved me in it.   Transparency:    I don't like myself in pastels :-)  But this color still reminds me of that day when I wore my first lilac dress and how mom loved it.  It was a pretty dress though :-)

I thought I'd share a final photo.   I have only 5 photos of Mom and I and this came to light almost 25 years after she passed.    I was so surprised to find it - and is the only photo I have of the two of us when I was a little girl.  We were at the stock car racing track when I was just a liiiiiiiitle thing :-)  It must have been warm as Mom was wearing a summer dress and a cardigan.

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The fact that I have so few photos made the discovery of this one even more precious. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another card.   In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight




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I love your card today with the brightly colored flowers. It is such a sweet tribute to your mother. I love the pictures of your garden flowers and especially the photo of you and your mother. It was very sweet and I know very meaningful to you. So glad you found it. Take care. You are always inspiring me with your talent.


Beautiful card in memory of your mother and thanks for sharing that lovely photo as well.
Love that photo of your prairie smoke plant. It's such a pretty color.
I went and done some research on it in hopes to find a place that sells the seeds or the plant itself.
The seed heads are absolutely Stunning


Hi Jaydee,

I love your posting today. Your swirly flowers are very pretty and they don't look blurred to me. My eyesight probably as good as yours. I really enjoyed the pretty pastel flowers that your Mother loved. My Mother was the same and loved all flowers and our lupine here in CA is a pretty lavender shade that goes from light to dark purple. We don't have as many fields of it like we used to.

Your remarks on your Mother reminded me of mine. She'll turn 94 this year and she's always in my thoughts too.

Thanks for the lovely comments and all your gorgeous nature pictures.

Always, Marsha in Apple Valley, CA.

Jeanne H

Oh Jaydee...great picture of you and your mother. I miss mine too even after fifty years. What? I am only 49, heehee. Hugs to you.

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