Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Flowers from home

I haven't been able to work on any of my furniture projects the last couple of days, because I am in Montana! I came home for a few days to spoil my parents as much as they will let me. They still live in the home of my childhood--they have been here for over 40 years now. It is still one of the most beautiful places in the world to me.

Today I stepped outside to take a few pictures. Spring came late this year, so many of the flowers are just in full bloom now.

My parents' home has planters that run the full length of the front of the house. For as long as I can remember, my mother has planted petunias in them. In the last couple of years, my sisters and I have tried to keep that tradition alive for her Mother's Day gift. I love this striped variety.

I have mentioned before that lilacs remind me of my mother. The funny thing is that there are no lilacs growing in our yard, but the neighbors all have them! But my mother loves them, and loves lilac perfume. So do I!

I have heard this bush given many similar names: bridal wreath, bridal veil, etc. I always liked the name "bridal veil" because the branches droop down (like a veil), all covered in white flowers.

There are iris growing on the south side of our house. Many years ago, there were all different colors, but apparently the purple are dominant, because that is all that blooms now! I love iris, and have them growing in my front yard because they are one of my dad's favorite flowers. They smell wonderful, too.

There are two large maple trees that grow on the property line of our house. When I was little, there was a tire swing in one, and it was so fun to climb! The branches are too high for anyone to climb anymore! That is...unless they let this little sprig grow! Maybe it could be ready in 20 years or so!

Hope you enjoyed a little Montana springtime!


The Painted Parlor said...

Sounds like you have many great childhood memories! I love flowers too, i need to get planting my petunias- those are my favorite. :)


Charlotte said...

Beautiful flowers....I'm a big flower person but I live in the south and we've had no rain and we also have many hungry deer that frequent our yard on a nightly basis....so my yard is very sparse at this writing.....My husband and I are planning a trip to Montana in August.I don't have a clue what we should try to see or do while we are there.....this is my husband's trip as he has always wanted to visit your state.....I know you are very busy but if you have suggestions I would appreciate them....my email address is charlotteabrewer@gmail.com. Thank you so much.

SImple and Serene Living said...

this is such a sweet post and the flowers are gorgeous.

Michael said...

This sound so amazing. I like all flower, this all give an attractive look to house. This post is so beautiful for me.
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KimMalk said...

I've enjoyed your Montana spring. Your parents home sounds like a lovely retreat. Have fun!

bj said...

Such a sweet post full of love here. Beautiful flowers.
I featured you on my blog...come by and pick the cute FEATURED button. :)) We all love to show our featured buttons. :))
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wisp said...

I do enjoy it! ^_^ I love the flowers so much! =)

Brandi said...

beautiful flowers. thanks for sharing a few of your childhood memories. i would love to have a tire swing for my kids.

Crafty Sisters said...

I love lilacs too, your flower pictures are very pretty! Stopping by from Tracey's photo party.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

How great to be able to visit your childhood home. My childhood home had a lilac bush and the neighbor had the bush with the white flowers (bridal veil). I use to not like Irises, but I have grown to love them. That is weird how the purple is predominant. Thanks for joining. Great photos.

HeatherLovesClay said...

I am loving the stripes on the petunias! One of these days, we will have more than just the apartment patio and I will be able to plant a lovely garden. Pretty pictures!

*Reading Between the Lines* said...

I just "found" your blog today...
thru http://betterafter.blogspot.com/
Just read this post & had to comment...
since I live in Montana.
The spring in my area has been very wet(flooding in some areas).
The lilacs were a little later blooming and are mostly gone now.
The irises in my backyard have just bloomed this week.
Thanks for the nice blog.
Take care,
Nancy aka Mommy 2