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Hosta Flower Bud

Hosta Flower Bud
Hosta flower bud

Today to hopefully bring a smile I am sharing a piece of summer. The hosta flower is often overlooked as everyone grows hostas for their wonderful foliage. (You get a sense of the pillowy texture of the leaf behind the bud here.) But even the buds themselves have a gentle beauty in their own right. As does this one with its soft tones of purple and green reaching as if hopefully toward the light. I hope today has (or has had) moments of peace, creativity and positivity for all my friends.

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Pink Hydrangea

Pink Hydrangea
Pink Hydrangea

Today’s daily happiness flower post features a pink hydrangea photographed around this time last year when we were in Maine. Steven was teaching a week’s course in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and we stayed in a small apartment whose gardens featured a line of hydrangeas down the drive. I took my camera with my helios lens and started photographing the flowers that I saw. They were so lovely though starting to show the signs of fading. And then I saw this one with the sun highlighting it and here it is for you. I hope this spot of sun on the flowers warms and cheers everyone on this day. Stay warm, dry, safe and well everyone.

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Aquilegia Seedpods

Aquilegia Seedpod
Aquilegia Seedpod

Today’s flower is not so much a flower as it is a seedpod grouping from the Aquilegia or Columbine flower. I love these flowers, but there were none left when I began this project and this seed pod appealed to me with its colour and textures. And don’t worry. I won’t deprive you of a flower after all….

Deadly Nightshade flower
Deadly Nightshade flower

Because everyone wants a flower too, here are the flowers for you today. They are from the nightshade plant, and were hiding in the blackberries I was picking a couple of weeks ago. Deadly nightshade they may be, but the flowers are lovely and unusual, almost like little jester hats and they deserve a place in my flower a day postings. Wishing everyone a good week ahead.

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Tony’s Daylily

Tony's Daylily
Tony’s Daylily

Today’s flower is one with special memories for me. It is a rich dark purple, a lovely colour and was given to us by my dear stepfather, Tony. He was visiting us in the spring years ago and bought it for us as a gift. During the visit he remarked that actually he should have visited us that fall, but he had got the various visits he made to family mixed up. I was really glad he had, as he had a bicycle accident in the late summer and died shortly after that. We had that special time with him and now we have this beautiful daylily. Every time it blooms I have fond memories of our times with him. So this flower is one that brings happiness to me in my memories. I hope it brings you the same moment of happiness in your day today.

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New Dahlia

New Dahlia
Dahlia not quite open

We are back home with this flower photograph, a dahlia which is not quite open. I loved the patterns in it and the slightly curled unfurling petals edged with pink. Steven loves to grow dahlias and we have quite a few now. There was a risk of the first frost last night when I was preparing this post and I knew that by the morning we might well have lost them for this year, so I wanted to share this, a memory of the warmth of summer which is fast fading. I hope it cheers all who see it today!

Update: As I post this this morning, I see that the dahlias, all close to the house are safe, though the frost did come. So we have more beauty from them to enjoy for a short while at least.

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Bluebird

Hydrangea Serrata “Bluebird”

This was one of those times when I was so happy to have had my camera with me! We had stopped in to a hardware store and I decided to wander around outside at first. It was terribly windy, very overcast and I didn’t hold out much hope that I would find anything of interest. There seemed to be just a line of green leafy bushes against the bricks. Then I saw these, nestled against the building and almost hidden among the leaves. The plant is a hydrangea Serrata “Bluebird”. The flowers were so light and airy and seemed to be flying around in the breeze. I hope they make you as happy today as I was to see them. Have a lovely Saturday or whatever day you see this on. I send my love out to all my friends with this Bluebird!

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Pink Radish Flowers and Friday Bonus

Pink Radish Flowers
Pink Radish Flowers

Today’s happiness flower is a spray of pink radish blooms which makes me think of a Japanese painting for some reason. Their airy delicacy really appeals to me and I hope it gives a little lift today to any who feel in need of a bit of bright pink along slender green stems.

And today there is a bonus image as it is Friday and I feel like treating everyone to a photograph I took early on in my project. I have not gone far for this one, as it also is in the vegetable garden.

Dill flower
Dill flower

I have planted dill wherever it would be a good companion plant and this spray is just beside the tomatoes. I wish everyone a lovely day or evening!

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Grass-leaved Goldenrod

Grass leaved goldenrod
Grass leaved goldenrod

Good day everyone! Today’s flower to help cheer your morning (or evening) is a wild one, a member of the Aster family. At first glance it doesn’t seem to be very interesting, but when you look closely it has an intricate tiny beauty in each little flower. It is known as Grass leaved Goldenrod or Goldentops, grows around us profusely and its nectar is a favourite of monarch butterflies. I love the tiny golden florettes that sit above those spiky leaves. This was photographed along the edge of the path that runs beside a wood next to us. The Flower a Day Gallery as it is up to now is below. Each day a new photo will be added.

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Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon

Today’s flower to bring a smile is a Rose of Sharon I found in a store. I was so glad that I had my camera with me as these blooms were so beautiful nestled in the dark leaves with their soft blue colour. They seemed almost out of place in that bustling masked distanced environment. I wish now that I had bought the plant, but maybe another time. Have a lovely day or evening wherever you are in the world.

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