"A flower's appeal is in its contradictions--so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect." --Adabella RadiciMom's birthday was Tuesday and we took her out to eat grilled scallops and shrimp at one of our favorite restaurants. When we returned, these gorgeous flowers were sitting at the door.... a beautiful bouquet from her son. Roses, lily, daisy, carnation, Queen Anne's lace, a large mum and alstroemeria; shades of peachy orange, lilac, gold, burgundy, white and deep purple bring a feeling of fall into the house. She is so thrilled!
Wednesday, it was a visit to the botanical gardens. The roses are still blooming and will be hitting another high point in October. Mom had not seen the butterfly garden there. She always thought we had so many butterflies, especially this summer, but compared to the botanical garden we have none. Hundreds of "flutterbyes" flitting everywhere. Inside the house even more. One poor tulip poplar was host to many eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillars and looked like it was quite ready for a break. Today, the 20th, is the start of the monarch migration to Mexico.
Anyway, this was the birthday week for MOM.... Happy 82nd and many more!
PS to my brother: You did a really good job on the flowers, Stephen!
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