Links I Love • May 2019

“Lilacs are May in essence.” - Jean Hersey

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Here are the links that caught my eye this month:

Violets

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

― St. Therese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower”

"When you talk to me, I smell violets.” - L.M. Montgomery,  Anne of Windy Poplars

"When you talk to me, I smell violets.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

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Color of the Month

“Be different. Be original. Nobody will remember a specific flower in a garden filled with thousands of the same yellow flower, BUT they will remember the one that managed to change its color to purple.” - Suzy Kassem

You may have noticed that each month this year, I have featured hues of a particular color — blue in January, red in February, green in March, yellow in April, and now purple in May. It seems the logical choice as violets are popping up in the back yard, lilacs will soon be blooming, and sunsets become more and more vibrant. I spied these purple hepatica on a hike with Piper in Lapham Peak on Sunday.

You may have noticed that each month this year, I have featured hues of a particular color — blue in January, red in February, green in March, yellow in April, and now purple in May. It seems the logical choice as violets are popping up in the back yard, lilacs will soon be blooming, and sunsets become more and more vibrant. I spied these purple hepatica on a hike with Piper in Lapham Peak on Sunday.

A Pound of Lavender

“It was our favorite part of the day, this in-between time, and it always seemed to last longer than it should--a magic and lavender space unpinned from the hours around it, between worlds.” - Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

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Have I mentioned that I received a pound of lavender for Christmas? I do love the color, fragrance, and taste of lavender, but I’m wondering what I will do with all of it. So far, I’ve filled decorative dishes with the dried buds to perfume the air in the living room and bedroom. I was thinking of filling some sachets for my drawers and closets. I already of lavender simple syrup for tea, lemonade, and cocktails. Any suggestions? Merci en avance!

Snakeroot

September 15, 2018 (258/365)

"You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more." - Oprah Winfrey

French Friday: La Lavande

le 7 septembre 2018 (250/365) « La lavande est l'âme de la Haute-Provence. » - Jean Giono

En vacances

July 17, 2018 (198/365)

"Find what brings you joy and go there." - Jan Phillips. It's not the South of France or California Wine Country. It's much closer to home and one of my favorite places in the world. 

Patterns

July 11, 2018 (192/365)

"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way."

- Edward de Bono

Week 28 - Composition: Left to Right Rule

July 8, 2018 (189/365) • Week 28 - Composition: Left to Right Rule 

[Compose an image in the way we read; most countries read from left to right. Compose your shot to follow this direction.]  #dogwoodweek28, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018

Advice from a Honey Bee: “Create a buzz. Sip life's sweet moments. Work together, but mind your own beeswax. Stick close to your honey, but bee yourself."

Wisteria

June 11, 2018 (162/365)

"Under a canopy of dangling wisteria, the gentle waves echo the beat of your heart."

- Lisa Fantino, Amalfi Blue