The life of B‘s Bright Squares Challenge runs through the month of April. Fun!

Today, self is back to photographing flowers. She had so many things she could have posted today, but she decided to leave some pictures for a future post.


  • clematis montana rubens (one very long strand trailing down, almost completely covered by delicate pink flowers)
  • clematis montana “white surprise” (self’s newest clematis)
  • cistus (rock rose)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Thursday Trios (Even Though It’s Friday)

The host of this challenge is Mama Cormier.

Self had great fun browsing through her archives to come up with these trios. All were taken in her garden except for the arches (obv). Self took that picture somewhere near Prague Castle, May 2019.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.


Today’s Bright Squares are two pictures self took from her porch a few minutes ago: both of her clematis montana (“white surprise” and “rubens”) are profusely blooming!

Join the Bright Squares challenge hosted by The Life of B here.

Spring is truly the season for clematis montana!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: clematis montana rubens

Flowering spectacularly over the trellis now. This flower and the wisteria are mighty climbers. Most of the clematis’s blooms are on the top of the trellis, but there was one strand — this one — hanging down.

Love Cee Neuner’s FOTD.

Flower of the Day (FOTD), 2 April: clematis montana “white surprise”

Check out Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) photo challenge.

Below is self’s newest clematis, clematis montana “white surprise,” which she found in local nursery Wegman’s a few weeks ago. The one she ordered last year, from a mail-order catalogue on the east coast, died. And it’s not that common in local nurseries. This one was a find!

Just started blooming!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios

Self is discovering so many new challenges!

Her latest find: Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios: people, animals, or things grouped in threes.

From self’s porch this afternoon:

And from last year, April:

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Flower of the Day: Iberis

Posting this for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge.

Took the picture this morning in the backyard.

Spring is their season. Not as profuse this year as they were last year. And my cistus and abutilon aren’t blooming at all. Hmmm.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: Euphorbia

Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day today are tulips! Gorgeous red tulips.

Self spends hours at plant nurseries every week, and one of her favorite purchases this year has been this wee euphorbia. Not technically a flower, but oh so pretty. So far, it’s the star of her porch.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: Oxalis

To learn more about the Flower of the Day Challenge, go here.

To see Cee’s latest FOTD post, go here.

Self’s backyard is a sea of oxalis. They grow right through her garden furniture. She took these pictures just before dark.

Flower of the Day Challenge: Orchid

Saw this in Wegman’s and couldn’t resist. It was a little parched, so this afternoon, self gave it a good dousing in the kitchen sink. She was just coming in from the backyard when her eyes fell on the way the flower seemed to bask in late afternoon window light.

To follow along, here is Cee Neuner’s FOTD challenge: my gratitude to her, for running these challenges and for keeping self’s day bright with her pictures!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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