Wednesday, July 23, 2008

All the flowers of summertime

"There is peace with a garden, a peace so deep and calm. That when the heart is troubled, it’s like a soothing balm. There’s life within a garden, a life that still goes on. Filling the empty places, when older plants have gone. There’s glory in the garden, at every time of year, spring, summer, autumn, winter, it fills the heart with cheer."

We live in a really great apartment. One bed, one bath, secure entry, only 4 units in our building, almost 1,000 square feet each, 3 walk-in closets, hardwood floors, huge windows facing west, garage, basement storage and a deck.

Our deck is our backyard. We live on the top floor of our building overlooking our neighborhood and we have a superb view of the west hills and the city. Portland hosts firework displays 5 times annually so we enjoy those shows for free--plus the bonus of fantastic sunsets in every season.
We've lived here going on five years and each summer we look forward to creating a new garden to enjoy. Our challenge is the hunt for a variety of plants that enjoy a full day in the sunshine. This summer we discovered a small rural nursery (in business since 1913!) on our weekly drive to attend church service. We decided to patronize their operation for our gardening needs instead of one of the big box stores. I am happy to report that the quality of the plants and the customer service is better than any retail outlet we've purchased from in the past.

We have more pots and more plants than in years past and we splurged on the flowers. I've been practicing with the macro settings on our cameras as the flowers put on their show...I hope you enjoy the results!

Visit my Etsy shop for photographs of flowers on sale now!

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Rachel said...

Love your flowers! I have to find plants that thrive in full sun, too!

Walk in the Woods said...


Pfeiffer Photos said...

Thanks much, rachel and walk in the woods!

Chris said...


It Really Adds Something! said...

Those photos are so beautiful!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Thank you...chris and it really adds...and thanks for visiting the pp blog!

Morrgan said...

Beautiful photos and flowers. :) We don't have a garden of our own at the moment, but I like to help out in my parents' garden now and then. It's very relaxing. :)

Pfeiffer Photos said...

morrgan: Thanks for your kind comment. It's all in pots for now but someday perhaps we'll have a small plot of earth to really dig in to. :0) ~tina

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