If you’ve been out and about lately it’s hard to miss: Valentine’s Day. Safeway was all decked out and ready to go yesterday. Kristi, the floral manager, has outdone herself. She’s got your sweetie covered if you’re looking for a little something.
If flowers don’t do it, there are balloons and more balloons. And candy. And even little stuffed animals.
And if romance is not in the picture, head over to the produce department. Buy yourself an apple and congratulate yourself that you’re not overdoing it on chocolate.
There I was thinking the rose I found last month was the last of them. I found this one the other day. Need I mention we’ve had snow and countless nights of frost? I’m reevaluating my opinion of the frailty of roses.
This shot at Butchart Gardens took on an almost painterly mood. There are no editing effects here.
Fuschias are one of the magical flowers I remember from my childhood. They grow beautifully in California but are less abundant because of our colder winters in Washington state. They are massed in profusion at Butchart Gardens but this dainty pair caught my eye.
I’m taking a break from autumn. I’ve decided to revisit summer. And since I really like flowers I’ll be posting a few flower shots from my August visit to Butchart Gardens over the next several days. A brief visual vacation.
Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S.
There’s a lot I’d change in the world today but that doesn’t stop me from being deeply grateful for all I’m able to have and do, or from feeling blessed. I wish for equal blessings in your life and, most especially, in your heart, where it really counts.
This rose gets top billing today because I thought all the roses around here were long gone. “Au contraire!” said this one last Thursday.