The Month of June

Even though the month of June has arrived, I still have some spring flowers
that I meant to share here in the month of May,
but I never found the right moment to do a new blog entry,
for that, you need the time and the right mood,
especially the latter!

The above scene is taken from the big tulip park in the town of Morges.
The aptly named Tulip Trees were coming into leaf.
I just love the fresh green of spring, don't you?

The fresh green leaves of the Tulip Trees against the blue of the sky.

We got to the park nice and early to enjoy the park with a minimum of visitors.
It had rained in the night, leaving big puddles behind.
In the heat of the summer, these big overhanging trees create very welcome shade.

The late blooming tulips were still on show and was sheer joy to walk among them
and see all of their beautiful colour combinations.

A walk along the lake in the same town of Morges shows the lovely plantations, 
like this beautifully shaped yellow tulip.

Pretty in pink with pink Forget-me-nots

A closer shot without the lake in view to see the opening petals even better.

Elegant red and white stand tall and proud.

Deep pink against the dark water.

A sailing boat with the Mont Blanc Mountain in the background.

Sunshine yellow flowers growing against the railings of a lakeside home.

The beautiful Irises were just coming into bloom.

Something a little different!
After a beautiful and long morning walk, we stopped for lunch on an outside terrace.
I just loved the reflection of my glass of red wine shining on the white tablecloth.
In the base of the actual glass, you can see the reflection of the blue sky!

This was my first trip of the year out into the country to walk alongside the fields
and in the woods above the town.
I can get there by taking a bus, the metro and another bus.
It sounds like a lot of travel, but when connections are good, 
this lovely area can be reached in about thirty minutes.
I love visiting when the dandelions are in bloom.

Here is a wider angled view showing the blue of the sky mixed with soft clouds.
I chose this photo as my header today.
I just love being in the country, the peace of it all and being so close to nature.

Aren't Dogwood flowers beautiful, both in shape, style and colour?
These grow in front of a school in the neighbourhood above mine. 
I love to visit them each year when they're in bloom.

Another point of view against a dappled background of sky and trees.

Walking through the small park to go back home through the quiet streets.
I used to take my grandson here often when he was younger,
there are such good climbing frames at the other end.

These are the pansies from my balcony-garden this year. They have been doing so well.

Now I'm back into the swing of doing a new blog entry,
I've decided to do them regularly during the month of June.
I have so many photos to share taken during the sunnier days.
We have had such mixed weather during May and now in June too!

I hope that you are enjoying sunny days
 and doing all the things you love to do at this time of the year!

My latest crochet work:
Four crocheted coasters for a friend's June birthday.

I love making coasters and mandalas in the form of doilies.
When they're for gifts, I choose the colours I think will suit the person who will receive them.

These chosen colours make me think of sunshine and blue skies.

Here is a link to the site where I found the lovely pattern:

Tulip Festival 2021

Every year, in the lakeside town of Morges, there is a wonderful tulip festival.
We went very early in the morning to avoid the crowds
and some of the flower beds were still in the shade.
I love the fresh green leaves just starting to open on the trees.

Remember to click on each photo to see it full screen!

It's a short walk to get to the park from the train station
and I really like to pass by the medieval style defense castle built in the 13th century.
There are several museums inside, covering police and military history.

I like this view taken from the other side a bit later in the morning 
with the sun giving a warm hue to the brickwork.

The building in the background is part of the castle complex.

The park is very vast and runs alongside the lake on one side with wide alleyways
all around and smaller paths winding in the central part.

There's a metal sculpture at one end of the park with a view on the mountains
on the other side of the lake in neighbouring France.

There are hundreds of tulip beds in all different colours.
It would be impossibe to put them all up here, so I've chosen my favourite ones.

These double yellow blooms were full of interesting details.

These orange ones were catching the backlight so beautifully.

A bright and cheerful mixture of yellow and orange.

Just look at the delicate shades of pink and the play of sunlight and shadows.
I do rather love the more subtle colours like this one.

The muted yellow and soft orange quite take my breath away.

These are similar, but too lovely not to include!
The faint edging of orange on each petal is very lovely to observe.

This group of pinks were catching the indirect sun very nicely.

These are very elegant in the classic tulip shape.

Now a little drama with a bright, luminous orange and fringed yellow edges.

Rather unusual colouring and it looks as if the pink parts have been painted on
as an afterthought!

I do believe that this one is one of my favourites with the beautiful markings.

Bright pink with an intricate centre.

Luminous pinks for the last photo of the tulip festival.

I hope you've enjoyed waking in this lakeside park with me
and that you'll tell me your favourite tulip!

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I wanted to end this blog entry with a photo of some Lily-of-the-Valley
which are sold in Switzerland every first day of May to bring good luck.
I have arranged them on an open page of the lovely Flower Fairies book
by Cecily Mary Barker.
Her art is beautiful and her poems quite charming.

The words are not quite in focus because I wanted the flowers to be 
the most important feature.

I will write part of it here:

"Gentle fairies, hush your singing.
Can you hear my white bells ringing.
Ringing as from far away?
Who can tell me what they say.

Little snowy bells out-springing.
From the stem and softly ringing -
Tell they of a country where
Everything is good and fair?"

Wishing you a most beautiful month of May.
It's my favourite month of the year!


The Blustery Month of April

Daffodils are the darlings of the season.
Lots of walks in my neighbourhood lately to see what is happening
in all the local gardens.

These were captured on an early evening walk

I love this wild garden with all the blossoms, pink and yellow
blowing in the gusty winds we've been having  and showing a lovely mixture of colours. 
The pale grasses in the background were blowing in all directions.

The blackbird was singing so beautifully in the late afternoon
on one of the still bare branches of a tree.

Some trees are more advanced and are showing tiny green leaves
just starting to unfurl and hints of pink blossom here and there.
I do like the birdhouse perched up high waiting
for feathered visitors to choose to rear their young.

The Aubrietia is so dainty and hangs down in rock gardens.
I even planted some on my balcony this spring.

The cherry blossom has been eye-catchingly beautiful this year.
Some are finishing and others are just starting up.

We have been having deep blue skies, but always accompanied
by strong north easterly winds.

These contrast so nicely against the rustic tiled roof.

Young, fresh green leaves are growing on the hedges and bushes.

These last two images are of Hazel leaves.

These are Purple Hazel with matching catkins!

There was a very special event at the beginning of April!
My grandson celebrated his 18th birthday!
I made a collage to show him as an adorable baby with just two little teeth on the bottom,
and then as the young man he is today.

I wanted to give him something meaningful for this special 
coming of age birthday and chose a key
with a short text  concerning the symbolic meaning.

When I turned 21 in England, my father gave me a gold key
on a bracelet, representing 'the key of the house' to show that I had now become
a responsable adult!

It has been a privilege watching my grandson grow up
and to have had him stay with me ever since he was little.
We have many shared memories together which I shall never ever forget
and hopefully he will remember them too!

One of the most beautiful trees during this month of April
have been the Magnolia trees.
There is a whole row of them in front of lovely buildings when walking down to the lake.

The flowering has been amazingly abundant.

Beautiful in bud form

Gently opening up in filtered sunlight

Revealing their beautiful centres.
They have resisted remarkably well during these windy days and a brief return to night frosts.

It's the simple things 
which speak to our hearts the most
and give life meaning.

Here is the little crocheted square doily under the geranium pot.
I chose the colours which remind me of Apple Blossom.

I hope that your are enjoying the month of April too.