Tuesday, May 27, 2014

wand vs sword

I was lucky enough to have my seven year old 
twin grandchildren for a few hours the other day.
 (girl and boy) 
They spent most of their time playing in the garden while they 
were here because that's where I was.
I was pruning a few trees and shrubs, and as I cut I would drop the 
little limbs on the ground as I went along.
Brooke came along to see what I was doing and picked up one of the limbs 
and then two more, deciding that one can never have too many wands and flitted off
among the flower beds. 
In a few minutes her brother Matthew came by and seeing the limbs on the grass, 
said "Oh boy" and grabbed one up and off he went sword fighting with 
some invisible (to me) enemy.
This little incident had me smiling all day and pondering on the difference
between the sexes once again.

Sharing a little pretty from the garden today.
my favorite lilac in the garden

The tree below is the same tree as in my last post but a few days 
later after every bud has opened. 
I love it in this stage. 
Reminds me of cotton candy.

The trees in the front are now in bloom so there is an abundance of 
scent all over the garden with the lilacs and the trees blooming.

The tree below is the weeping Red Jade.
I love, love, love this tree's habit. It's covered with snow 
white blooms from limbs that cascade down to the ground.


Wishing you all a wonderful week!


Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your blooms all look so beautiful! I have a niece and a nephew that are close in age (different sides of the family) and it is so fun to see the different ways a boy reacts compared to a girl. Kids makes life fun!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Beautiful post June, the blooms are gorgeous, I can smell them way over here.
Have a wonderful week!


Mari Mora said...

¡Qué bonita es la primavera en tu casa!
Un saludo.

Cindy Coghill said...

So beautiful June. Your lilacs are so lovely I can almost smell them. We didn't get any blooms this year, most likely a result of the harsh winter. My wisteria which usually blooms at the same time, had not a single bloom either. But the honeysuckle trees has blossoms to make up for the other two and left the yard smelling like heaven. There is nothing like spring to thaw the soul from winter's grip.
Your yard is always a delight to behold.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW. You must have the most impressive home and garden in what looks to me an open range. June, the lilacs here are splendid, and ours are finally open too! The last several days have been heavenly for all of us here in Minneapolis; everyone has been out biking, walking their dogs, playing on the lakes and gardening. My husband an I enjoyed the long weekend just cleaning up winter's rage in our garden, but there wasn't too much damage, just a few boxwood that got burnt. Wands and swords...now that's a great title for a book!

Hugs dearest June! You bring us such beauty! Anita

Olive said...

Joyful blooms abound here June. The twins sound interesting-how special and what a gift they are. Have a terrific week. Olive

Jane Jazz said...

Such stunning photographs; you always manage to infuse them with light and delight! Our lilacs are finished here in England, but the roses are more than making up for this loss.

My parents always used to say that girls and boys react differently with potential playthings, no matter how much you try to make them 'unisex'. I wonder how they'd react if you told your grandson the branch was a magician's wand, and your granddaughter that she was defending the fairies with her jewelled sword ;O)

Junebug said...

Wands and swords, I so agree. With many grand kids it is so fun to watch the battles and the blessings of fairies! My lilac is done blooming and I am into full peony blooms. I've picked many bouquets for the house and hope to dry several. Love, love my peonies!! Enjoy working in the garden, I so love this time of the year. Hugs, dear June!!!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Oh the trees are so beautiful, and the scent must be exquisite. We have lilacs but nothing like yours. Enjoy!

Geli said...

Dear June!
Your garden is a little hideaway with all the dreamy flowers.
Here it is already summer.
We had already 30 degrees and the roses are now starting to bloom.
I think you enjoy your life with your family and you are so right!!!!
I wish you a very happy time June!
With love,

Jenny said...

Your lilac is beautiful! I loved your sweet story about your grandchildren as well.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

It must be wonderful to breathe in all that beauty, June!!!

Our aspen are just now beginning to leaf out.

I have a twin brother ~ your grandtwins sound a lot like us when we were small. There was a catalpa tree in the backyard. I used the bean-thingys as green beans when playing house, and my twin brother played swords. :)

Have a lovely one, June!

deb said...

Such a cute story with Brooke and Matthew & so true! While walking along the lake with our grandson, we had our pockets filled with sticks and twigs and stones (treasures) and passed grandparents with their grand daughter ... they had swan feathers and leaves and flower petals ... "she collects things" the grand dad said. "so does ours" we replied as we showed our dirt filled hands :-)
Your garden looks like an absolute haven for the senses ♥

Junkchiccottage said...

June so beautiful. I can almost smell the lovely fragrance from the lilacs through the computer. Mine are just starting to bud too. Love the pretty soft color and the lovely fragrance they give.

De Witte Lanteern said...

I read this story with a smile on my face...
Your Lilacs are so beautiful. I almost smell the scent...
Hugs, Peetje

Victorian1885 said...

Dear June
Aren't twins wonderful... we have a fifteen year old identical grandson's. They used to take great pleasure in playing along if I had their names incorrect.
Your lilacs are heavenly and their perfume is one of my favourites.
I have our little balcony planted with as many pots as I could this year so our Netherlands visitors enjoy them while they are here.
Have a great day my friend.

Diane said...

Thanks for the smiles and the lovely blooms, June. Have a beautiful day. Diane

bobbie said...

I can smell those lilacs from here!!
So much pretty ~

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your blossoms are spectacular! I can only imagine the scent. Love your wonderful photos! It would be such a delight to walk through your garden.

Carolyn said...

Amazing! Love the beauty you captured and I can imagine how lovely it is to work and play among such beauty. The fragrance would be an added bonus along with the sound of children at play.
We are still in the daffodil and tulip stage here.
Take care,

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Your sweet grandchildren recognize a perfect fairy wonderland when they're in it. And your garden IS a fairy land! Oh, just to stroll among those pretty trees and lilac bushes...heavenly!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Your photos are beautiful and you are blessed to have this beauty surrounding you.


flowersandhome said...

Beautiful blooms in your garden June! The Lilac has all faded here by now and since it's been raining for days, it suddenly went fast, the snowballtree lost all of its 'snow' at once as well ;)
Sword fighting against imaginary enemies, ah, it brings back sweet memories of my own children who did exactly the same, with the necessary noises as well ;)

Barbara said...

Oh my gosh, so much lovelyness in one post. Gorgeous images as always and I love your story about your twin grandchildren, so sweet.

Hugs from Holland,

Burlap Luxe said...

Sooooo beautiful June,
Your lilacs can be smelled way over here with their garden scent.
Indeed so very much alike yet so different....
(Boys and Girls)
I have one of each, a son and daughter and growing up was the best to collect every word of funny they would say or how they argued :)

Beauty here is at reach and what a beautiful visit I have had.


Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

The flowers are all so beautiful June.
Perhaps if we instilled different images on our young girls they would be more apt to find amusement with things we consider male. I'm sure she would make a delightful swords woman just like the one in Zorro. Ha!
Hope you are well and enjoying the season...
Susan x

Things and Thoughts said...

Those fragrant blooming bushes are dreaming! My brother has twins, boy and girl and being with them is a such a particular experience !

Bente said...

Oh my, the lilacs are gorgeous. You should see mine,June. Planted one two years ago, and it will NOT grow.It`s standing there crying for help, but I don`t know what to do. At least I can look at your beautiful photos.

Hugs from here

Art @ Home said...

Vive la différence entre les garçons et les filles !

Your lilacs are stunning. They've made me smile today!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful setting to watch your grandkids play in...love their imagination!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a joy to look at. Your lilacs are stunning. Mine have already faded away. So sad to have them for such a short period. Your garden is so serene and beautiful June. I am sure it is one of your favorite spaces. How wonderful that you got to share such tender moments with your grandchildren.

Have a happy week,


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I just love blooming trees and yours are so beautiful, dear June. It must be such a joy for you to spend time in your wonderful garden and it's such a great place for your grandchildren to play.
Have a happy day, my friend!

HWIT BLOGG said...

What a lovely post and I just love your beautiful pictures!
Have a great week, take care...

Victoria said...

Your garden is so beautiful June! I bet your grandchildren have so much fun playing there and will have wonderful memories of it when they're grown!

Boys and girls are so different, aren't they! I remember buying my eldest son a doll stroller which he proceeded to race around and bash into the baseboard so the doll would fall out:) Good times!

sophie said...

ton jardin est magnifique !

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Your photos of your garden are always so beautiful! You should consider selling prints. Love the the story of the grand kids, so darling.


Denise Masyga said...

So so gorgeous. That first photo would be fabulous on a canvas. Have a wonderful week!

Jody and Stan said...

June, Your garden looks so beautiful. I have tried to grow lilacs here in Southern California and have had no luck. Yours are gorgeous! All the trees in bloom must smell like Heaven. Your grandchildren are so cute. I know what you mean about a "wand vs sword". I have 2 daughters and 1 son. When they were little they played just like that. So funny! Thanks so much for all your inspirational photos....love them!

Dorthe said...

Oh June, what a fairytale of a garden you must have, dear.
So filled with an amazing beauty of flowers in all shades of pink to lilac and blended with the beauty of white tones, too.
My lilacs are all now in full bloom, and filles the air with the most gorgeous franrance.
Yes girls and boys OH my,-- wonda and swords , and it does not stop there , lol !!!
I wish you a lovely start of your summer.

Nely said...

Dear June,
Always to me your pictures leave you breathless,so much beauty convey them.
Lilac is really great,it seems to me that I smelled!

Cindy said...

Heavenly, just heavenly. I could die for your lilacs, and i love trees that weep and flower.
It is funny about boys and girls. You can offer unisex toys all you want, but just about every time a boy will pick up a stick and it is automatically a weapon of some sort. Love thinking of you working in the garden with your grandkids...


sagra said...

Hey June,
Found your blog right now... Fantastic pictures!
I'm going to visit you now regularly. ;)
Kind regards,
Sabrina from sagra

Holly Loves Art said...

Just absolutely gorgeous! Makes me smile from ear to ear. We have been so fortunate in LA to have our lovely Jackaranda trees in full bloom right now. Such a pretty time of year with purple everywhere. I hope you're well. Always so nice to come here for a visit.

Shabby soul said...

Your place is always pure joy for the eyes, my darling friend! This flowering apple tree... a wonder!
When I see the first photo I felt better, can you believe? Yes beauty definitely is good for the soul =)
Hugs my friend!

Sterndal said...

I just found your blog and I am stunning.
So lovely pictures!!!
I am dreaming....
Hugs, Brigitte

Debbie said...

To see the world through a child's eyes....how much simpler would life be.
Bringing in lilacs must be on everyone's heart this time of year. I can't seem to get enough of their fragrance wafting through the house.
Lovely images, June. Lovely post.

David Petro said...

What a beautiful post. Isn't wonderful to sit back and look at the world thru the eyes of a child once again. Thank you

Cindy Geilmann said...

That lavender lilac reminds me of when I was young. Outside my window, two big bushes. They took me away to the journey that I was about to live. It's so wonderful to visit you my sweet friend.


toves sammensurium said...

Good heavens June,how does your pictures turn out so beautiful every time?????
I am sitting here with my mouth open,and admire every single one of them in both this post and the ones below!!! Pure beauty!!
And those apple threes….the blossoms are breathtaking.I just found out I need an apple three in our garden,- how lucky will my love be when he gets one for his birthday (smart women hihi)!!! ;)
You know June,my boy uses everything for swords,had to laugh when I read about your grandchild…kinda similar as my boy here!Aren´t hey just cute????
Hope you are well,thanks for spreading magic as always!!!
Tovehugs :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi June,

Your garden must be a delight and how pretty the lilacs are. Having the heavenly smell, you must never want to go inside.
Love the difference between your little grandies, wands and swords, how very sweet.
Wishing you a happy new week

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh I love lilacs, we can't grow them here in Orlando, but when I grew up in Minnesota we had a back yard full of them. When you were talking about the grandkids playing, I was thinking about when kids having fun with things that weren't computers and tvs and video games


Mimi Sue said...

Gorgeous blooms, June! Love this time of year for the sights, smells and sounds. Have a great week. Mimi

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning June! So happy to see your comment this June morning! Oh before you know it, this month will be over; I do NOT want to think of that yet!

How wonderful that your eldest grandson is graduating from high school now. May he continue his path of greatness in all that he does. I am now teaching high school French, so I sort of know the feeling of seeing these young folks blossom and move on...just thinking about it makes me cry!

Enjoy all the festivities of the season dear June! Anita

Barbara said...

Hello June!
Such a happy post...from grandkids to blooms. We lived in a very old house once that was surrounded by lilac bushes. The fragrance was wonderful.
Have you ever heard of viburnum carlesii? We always planted them around our patios or porches as the fragrance was divine in the spring.
I hope all is well with you and send a big hug your way...

Ivy and Elephants said...

Just gorgeous, June! What a double treat, to have the grands with you in that heavenly garden. Everything must give off the most delightful scent!

time worn interiors said...

I love the smell of lilacs.

Julie Marie said...

Hello dear June... I love all of your beautiful blossoms and blooms... it is like I get two Springs and two Summers, as you are about a month behind me in the gardens, so when some of my blooms are through, yours are just beginning... what a beautiful time of year at last after our cold, harsh winters... enjoy!... xoxo Julie Marie

Rostrose said...

Oh my god - soooooooooooo manymanymanny blossoms! And so beautiful!
The story about your grandchildren made me smile, too. Do you remember the time when education was forcing egalitarianism? Nice try, but I think in the most cases it didn't work ;o))
Sending lots of hugs to you, my deares June!
XOX Traude

Anne said...

Oh my your garden must smell heavenly....what gorgeous trees!

Diane said...

Oh, my, your shots of your lilacs and appleblossoms are breathtaking. Ours are gone now. I wish they would last longer. Thanks for sharing these, June. Diane

Diane said...

Oh, my, your shots of your lilacs and appleblossoms are breathtaking. Ours are gone now. I wish they would last longer. Thanks for sharing these, June. Diane

Diane said...

Oh, my, your shots of your lilacs and appleblossoms are breathtaking. Ours are gone now. I wish they would last longer. Thanks for sharing these, June. Diane