Picture Perfect Flowers – Anticipation

Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.
– A. A. Milne –

In a month or two, my flower beds should look like this…

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
– W. E. Johns –

Before that, though, there will be lots of non-gardening weather…

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
– John Ruskin –

which gives me sufficient time to put the photo through my filter factory.

A Digital Marble
Topaz Studio Fantasy Filter
Topaz Studio Impasto Filter
Topaz Studio Quad Tone filter

A Spanish magician prepares the audience for his final trick…
He yells “UNO!”
The crowd falls silent in anticipation.
Everyone’s eyes are wide, laser focused on the performer.
Then, the magician vanishes… without a tres.
– Author Unknown –

What are you looking forward to in the next few months?

13 thoughts on “Picture Perfect Flowers – Anticipation

  1. I think John Ruskin is in total denial about weather! The pictures are wonderful. I’m looking forward to the end of the pandemic which feels like a long way away right now.


    1. The pandemic will end, one way or another, but personally, I think this virus will eventually be considered a seasonal flu virus. I don’t see any way that the entire world will be vaccinated.

      A far more deadly flu, the H1N1 strain that caused the Spanish flu, receded into the background and stuck around as the regular seasonal flu. Every so often, direct descendants of the 1918 flu combined with bird flu or swine flu to create powerful new pandemic strains, which is exactly what happened in 1957, 1968 and 2009.

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  2. We’re enjoying a particularly warm (early) spring here in Southern Ontario; things are emerging from beneath the earth in the gardens and some are even blossoming a good 2 – 3 weeks early. I worry that it will turn on us (last year we had a snowstorm on Mother’s Day!) but I’m taking advantage of every warm day to get out to weed and trim and think about how quickly it all happens. Spring comes quickly and doesn’t last nearly long enough! Lovely photos!


    1. Our spring is early too, but like you, I know that snowstorms are always a distinct possibility! I have many photos of daffodils covered in a new blanket of snow.
      We’ve had a few days that were warm enough to clear out the dead stuff before the new stuff pops out of the ground!


  3. Loved reading about the Spanish magician LOL. And I love the pictures…your photos always amaze me. We are kind of excited as our asparagus is starting to poke it’s way above ground.


  4. What fun filters! Personally, I’m looking forward to a trip to Sanibel in a few weeks, it that pans out. But even if it doesn’t, Spring is here, Summer is on it’s way, and I got my second vaccine last week….so things are looking up!


    1. Good to hear that some places are returning to something more normal!

      Here in my Province in Canada, we are still in Step 1 lockdown. No in home social gatherings. Outdoor gatherings of 10 people or less, social distanced. Few people have had the second shot because of vaccine shortages. People are mandated to keep wearing masks even if they have had Covid or been immunized. People are not supposed to travel out of the province unless it is for essential business.


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