A Year in Flowers, Week 23: Roses & Peonies

These flowers are not growing in my garden, but instead are a few of the roses and peonies I’ve been enjoying during afternoon and evening neighbourhood walks with Piper. These photographs are from the week of June 3rd through June 9th.


“You love the roses - so do I.  I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush.  Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on.  They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!”

~  George Eliot, Roses  


A Year in Flowers, Week 22: Roses & Peonies

‘Easy Elegance’ rose in Carol’s garden, May 27th, 2019.

‘Festiva Maxima’ peonies in Yumie’s garden, May 29th, 2019.

An apricot rose on the first day of June.


A deep pink peony, June 2nd, 2019.


“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”

~ Gertrude Jekyll

A Year in Flowers, Week 21: Yumie’s Irises & Peonies

Although I’ve been making photographs every week, if not every day, I’ve fallen behind in processing and uploading them because gardening activities have taken priority. Here are my favourite flowers from Yumie’s garden blooming during Week 21 (May 20th-26th).


Irises from Yumie’s garden. Photographed May 23rd.


Peonies in Yumie’s Garden. Photographed May 24th.


A Year in Flowers, Week 19: Gwynne Vaughn Park

Although many rhododendrons in the park are blooming, my favourite blossoms are the dogwood and the wisteria and these were my subjects during early morning and evening garden walks this past week:

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“There is much to be said for cherry blossoms, but they seem so flighty. They are quick to run off and leave you. And then just when your regrets are the strongest the wisteria comes into bloom, and it blooms on into the summer. There is nothing quite like it. Even the color is somehow companionable and inviting.”

~ Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji