Today’s flowers brought to you by Linda!

Somebody always bails me out when I’m going out of town or super busy, by sending me pictures of something I can use for a post… This time Linda sent me some pictures of the lilies in her yard and they were just too pretty not to show… She has the typical lilies and two VERY pretty hybrids…

So let’s discuss the flowers you have in YOUR yard today…

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne


  1. Marilyn says:

    I have had beautiful clouds of feverfew, but it lasts only half the summer. It’s time for it to go and me to get some substitutes. That will be interesting. The lavender is blooming. I’ve seen a cake that uses lavender. I wonder how that would taste. Has anyone tried baking with lavender?

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Marilyn,
      I haven’t ever tried baking with lavender but it sounds wonderful to me!
      Blessings, Jeanne

    • Hi Marilyn,
      I have added lavender to iced tea and put in in roll out sugar cookies before. It is a fascinating flavor (widely used in French cooking and baking). I love the flavor and smell of lavender. I dry bunches each year and keep them over the winter. Lavender essential oil on your pillow will make you sleep very well. God gave us so many wonderful things and flowers can be used so many ways. I actually like some flower flavors. I used to buy Anis de Flavigny candy drops at a store and I will say the violet is really good and the rose is positively addictive. 😉 Plus the tins were beautiful. There are many flowers that can be added to foods both sweet and savory. Nasturtiums are good in salads as well as borage ( oh, I have borage in the yard also). Many old issues of Victoria had flower recipes and one a couple issues back had honeysuckle ones. I thought that make be fun to try as the honeysuckles run rampant down at the bottom of the yard.

      • Jeanne W says:

        Hi Laura,
        Thanks for all the insights on the flowers! Something for all of us to learn from…
        You mentioned Victoria magazines…I could get lost in them….Such pretty and simple things….
        Blessings, Jeanne

        • Victoria began publishing when I would have been 19, but I wouldn’t find it until almost 10 years later. I just loved it and eventually did something crazy and bought ALL the back issues I was missing from eBay. I’ve subscribed since it returned under Hoffman publishing. A few years ago someone had a their collector’s set of all the Nancy Lindemyer ones in really super shape, read once or twice, Premier through October 2000 for $100 and free shipping. I did something really bad and bought them thinking this way if a had one in the kitchen for a recipe, took one to the garden store to look for a plant, or wanted to lend one out to someone I wouldn’t be concerned that it would get damaged and my set would be messed up. The first two are pricey alone.
          Do you have them as well or subscribe? I’ve never found a more beautiful magazine.

          • Jeanne W says:

            Hi Laura,
            I did subscribe to them for a while and then everytime I saw one at a yard sale or thrift shop, I’d pick it up… they were so much fun to look at…
            Thanks, Jeanne

      • Marilyn says:

        Lavender in sugar cookies sounds even better than cake. I really need to try that. I finally tried caraway cake — I don’t like caraway in bread — and the cake was wonderful. I’m sure I’ve seen recipes for rosemary shortbread and I definitely want to try it.
        I think buying a whole set of Victoria magazine makes complete sense, even if most were duplicates. If I had more room — or made more room — that would be high on my list of things to consider.

  2. Linda D. says:

    Oh my goodness, what a surprise to see my flowers in today’s blog, Jeanne! Well, I must say that is not what they look like now, since most of them last a day or two, and we had terribly hot weather this past week, over 100 degrees for 3 days straight, so if you get my drift, things aren’t looking too good now! It certainly is nice to see how pretty everything WAS!
    I hope you are enjoying your visit with Deb and your mom. It’s always good to make new memories with family and to share each other’s company. Enjoy!!

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Linda,
      We have had breakfast on her patio and then walked Charlie through her neighborhood and now we are ready to head out and “explore” Springfield. Who knows what kind of trouble we’ll find! :o)
      Thanks again for your pictures!!!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Lovely flowers, Linda. It sounds like it’s been pretty dry in your neck of the woods right now. I hope you get some sort of moisture soon.
    We have mostly plants in our yard, some of which I have no idea what they’re called as my husband likes the unusual. However, around our patio, we have beautiful rose bushes and most of the time they are a luscious pinkish red. Almost too brilliant to look at.

    Have a good time Jeanne with family!

    • Jeanne W says:

      My mom and I got caught in the worst rain storm ever on the way here…1 and 1/2 hours of downpour…I thought the windshield wipers would surely fly off as fast as they were going…but thankfully they didnt!
      Your yard sounds lovely!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Susette says:

    Lovely pictures of the daylilies, one of my favorites. My small garden out front really blossomed this year, I presume due to the rain this winter. It’s never looked like this before. The patio flowers all did better too. Hope you are enjoying your time with family. Also hope more people send in flower pictures for when you take a break.

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Susette,
      We are just getting ready to head out…so who knows what we’ll end up doing today….
      Thanks for your email!!!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. Nary a weed in sight. Just lovely flowers. The colors just pop in your great photos, Linda. And so much green. Our lawn has a sort of yellow/brownish cast with slight undertones of green. Not getting enough water. But, it’s a CA lawn. So glad Jeanne shared your pictures.
    Hope Jeanne is taking some photos too and enjoying the trip.

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Joy,
      No pics yet but the day has just begun..
      Oops. I’m being summoned it’s time to go…
      Bye. Jeanne

  6. Just beautiful lilies, Linda. I also have the typical tiger lilies and I have that hybrid in your last picture and well. Well, some of these have already put on their show for the year and some are currently blooming and still some are yet to come, but here goes. In the shaded area under the pussy willows by the swing I have woodland poppies, pulmonaria, Virginia bluebells, bleeding hearts, lily of the valley and my lovely ferns. In another bed are the violets, cowslips, sweet woodruff, coral bells and a mock orange on the one edge and on the other by the fishpond is my zephirine drouhin rose. If you’ve never seen one they are a true rose pink color and thornless and smell heavenly, like an old-fashioned rose, because it is. Then there is the cottage garden with hollyhocks, fewerfew, lavender, delphinium, larkspur, foxglove, columbine, evening primrose, and Solomon’s seal, purple lythrum and one of my favorite finds, gooseneck loosestrife (they look like swan heads when they bloom. Then also flowering bushes/tress such as lilac and redbud and Baptisia. In the later summer will come the asters and bluebeard ( a really beautiful plant) Yes, I love flowers! I am especially drawn to cottage or rarer varieties and blues.

    • Just remembered one more blue flower, my blue Rose of Sharon which is currently in full bloom.

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Laura,
      Our house is a cottage style, but we sure could have used help from you in picking our flowers…we ended up liking holly bushes around the house because they stay green all year long.
      We have rose of sharon, Lily of the valley, wegalia,hostas, ferns, yuccas, and probably a few others I have forgotten…
      A picture of your yard would be welcomed by all, I’m sure…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. Love your pics Linda ! I like the good old standard orange ones and your newer ones are pretty too! The dual colors make them even better.
    Right now we.have roses, petunias, marigolds, begonias,and a new daisy a friend shared and I absolutely love it. Some variety of a Shasta daisy…it’s huge and blooms as long as you keep the old ones cut off. I see several of you mentioned Feverfew….my very favorite…and I found a double one one day at the yard of an estate sale. I almost fell off the sidewalk. It was a bit later in the summer so I picked a few seeds and planted them the next year. I’m so happy with them..if anyone wants some seeds email me.
    Hope you have a great time at Debs house!

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Kathie,
      My goodness…it must be beautiful in your yard like Laura’s and so many others….
      Are the feverfew annuals or perennials?
      I might like to give a few a try…
      Blessings, Jeanne

      • Feverfew can be quite invasive especially after the third year. Makes itself quite comfortable. Guess if you don’t mind picking out all of the new ones it would be showy.

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