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Revisiting England - thoughts from abroad

It's time to revisit England. Not literally, though a little while ago we had thought to return this month. No, this time I am thinking of England at my favourite time of the year, when I always wish I were back there. It was April, 1968 when I first visited. I had just left a Canada which was still wintry, slushy and tired of the cold and snow. England was having one of its balmy, even hot, sunny springs, with flowers blooming everywhere, birds singing and everyone friendly and happy, sitting on the grass in parks and by canals. I fell in love with the country then and I will always go back there in my mind every spring. There is nowhere like it for me. I have no photographs of the spring in England, I don't need them. My memory holds it all including the warmth of the sun on my back and on my pale winter face, and the wonderful scent of the spring flowers. Every year I think of the lines from Robert Browning's "Home Thoughts From Abroad" - "Oh, to be in England Now that April's there..."*

And then another line comes back to me from "A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Housman "Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough..."**

Many years later, the first real home I lived in in England had two ornamental cherry trees outside the front door.  To this day every time I see a cherry tree in bloom, I am transported back to that time and the joy they brought me then.

Read the whole blog post at the link http://elliekennard.ca/revisiting-england/
(or wait for the rest to be posted in a different collection).

Video reading of The Robert Browning poem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF5WQtt-Wy8
* Full poem of the A.E. Housman 'A Shropshire Lad': https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44411/a-shropshire-lad-2-loveliest-of-trees-the-cherry-now
#floral #flowers #springtime #England #hqspflowers #floralfriday

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When Friends

When friends think of you and they let you know in some way, it makes your world a happier, warm place.

Thank you to all friends everywhere who brighten our lives.

www.elliekennard.ca/when-friends
Ellie Kennard
Ellie Kennard
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What the Best Dressed Fuchsias are Wearing this Fall

Now fall is upon us and the colours are starting to develop and intensify. It's the most beautiful time of the year in some ways, though the chill is something I could do without. The warmth of the wood stove we use to heat our house and the faint smell of wood smoke in the cool, brisk autumn air have an appeal of their own and so I must simply shift my focus from the summer joys to those of this, one of my favourite seasons!

I looked out of my kitchen window yesterday morning to see these three jaunty looking fuchsias, protected so stylishly from the hard frost of the night before. I know their days are numbered, but as they are in glorious full bloom still, it's surely not too much to ask just a few more days of enjoying the beauty of these before they go away for the winter?

Read the whole post and see the gallery of floral images at the link below:
http://elliekennard.ca/naturally-curly/
Naturally Curly
Naturally Curly
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Naturally Curly

I have had many new subscribers sign up for my blog lately, to my surprise (and delight, thank you all!). In celebration of this and for all of you reading, I am sharing a favourite image of mine I took in the full bloom of summer. This was our first year of growing dahlias since we left France, 20 years ago (and we had some glorious ones there, raised in the heat and sun of that idyllic place). We didn't have much choice by the time we went dahlia tuber shopping, but we were generally pleased with the results, only losing a couple that didn't make it to the surface. And the earwigs! What a battle I had with them, but I won!

Though the fresh blooms of this particular dahlia are flamboyant and dramatic, my eye was caught by this one which was almost spent, finishing its flowering in an elegant, stylish fashion. Each of the petals had begun to twist and curl and they reminded me of the tousled head of a little girl with brightly coloured, naturally curly hair.

For the rest of the post and another image go to the post below, though I will share the rest on another post.

http://elliekennard.ca/naturally-curly/
Naturally Curly
Naturally Curly
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While waiting and in memory

Some of my friends have recently lost loved ones, so thinking of them and their sadness at this time, I wanted to give them, even if only virtually, some of the dahlias from our garden. If they had lived nearby I would have taken them the actual flowers. These are for Prue, for Cynthia and for Amaya and for everyone else who might be feeling the loss of a friend or family member.

I am planning to share a few posts on a different theme from my usual ones on my blog, in hopes that they will be of interest to my present readers. I have been giving some thought as to how to do this, but I felt that I wanted to share some of the beauty of our garden with special friends and all who visit. They come with my love and thoughts for you all.

This bloom is like a dahlia in waiting, teasing us, only partly unfurling, as if shy to show herself, the first to bloom on this new plant.

http://elliekennard.ca/while-waiting-and-in-memory/ for the full post with photos, and link to the Flora gallery: http://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/

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Because : Pretty in Pink

Just a post because…. because it’s pouring with rain and seeing these photos will brighten up my day (and maybe yours).; because flowers, (especially after rain) have a power to lift the spirit and lighten the sadness felt by so many it seems; because this fuchsia cheers me up every time I walk up my path to my front door; because it’s pretty in pink! (See the whole post along with a wider view of this gorgeous fuchsia at the post below.)

My floral gallery can be viewed here: http://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/

http://elliekennard.ca/pretty-in-pink/

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Wrong Dress

The rhododendron by the washing line is particularly lovely this year and I was admiring it late one afternoon when I suddenly noticed that there was someone at the party of frilly floral frocks who had not chosen the right dress for the occasion. What I particularly liked was how proud she appeared in spite of the ordinary yellow outfit. She was the one who stood out!
See the post and others on the blog: www.elliekennard.ca/wrong-dress

Visit my Flora gallery to see the rest of the floral themed images : http://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/
Wrong Dress
Wrong Dress
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Black-Eyed Susans Lighting up the Shadows

Life has become hectic as we prepare for the winter. Night is coming earlier and earlier and even during the day the clouds, whipped by the winds will darken the sky before releasing their chilly rains. The summer really has finished, but despite all of that, if you look into their secret hiding places behind bushes and in sheltered areas, you will find these bright splashes of light to cheer the gloomiest day. I hope you enjoy these sunny little wild flowers and that they brighten your day.

Original post here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/black-eyed-susans/

See more floral images on my Flora gallery. http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/ #helios44-2 #vintagelens #flowers

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Petals Like Butterflies
More hydrangea delight. Part 1 is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EllieKennard/posts/1dDA1N8oFvZ

When I look at these petals, they seem to me almost like delightful random butterflies, flitting about in the breeze and landing here and there on the stems. The blurred background bokeh effect from the vintage lens I used almost gives the appearance of a reflection under this branch.

The full post is here (but I will post the rest here, so watch this space): http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/

All my posts are on my phlog: www.elliekennard.ca
My Flora photo gallery can be see here: www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora

#flora #flowers #floral #helios44-2 #vintagelens

http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/#1

Fall Hydrangeas
Fall Hydrangeas
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Fall Hydrangeas

This particular type of hydrangea might seem rather subdued compared to the much more lush ones we usually see in blues and bright pinks, but for me it has an understated delicate appeal as the petals vary in colours even on the same branch, from cream to soft pink then tinged with pale brown in the autumn. They are one of my favourite subjects to photograph in the fall as they are such a contrast to the bright flamboyant golden and red display of leaves on the trees around them. Just looking at them lifts the spirits.
All my posts are on my phlog: www.elliekennard.ca
My Flora photo gallery can be see here: www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora

#flora #flowers #floral #helios44-2 #vintagelens

The full post is here (but I will post the rest here, so watch this space): http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/
Fall Hydrangeas
Fall Hydrangeas
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