I have to admit that my garden doesn’t have many flowers to show you! Yes, it’s that time of year. It’s also looking particularly scraggly today after the hard rains last night. So what’s a girl to do?

Swing by Trader Joe’s!!

Love these dark red gerbera daisies and I knew they would photograph so well against neutral backgrounds. I went to a program last week featuring Margaret Pender of
Victoria Park Florist
here in Chapel Hill. Margaret is the most creative, artistic, soft spoken and lovely woman who has flower arranging in her blood. You can read more about Margaret in the interview I did with her two years ago.

Be sure to click this post where I had given you a very helpful tip on how to keep gerbera daisies as cut flowers.

Anyway..that was part of my inspiration here. The other part was from
Kim Klassen. Kim has the very best “recipes” for Photoshop filters for your photographs. She is a master at creating background filters, showing how to use them and finding so many helpful tips. More than that, Kim is a still life photographer par excellence! Please do go over to her site and spend some time there.




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Here is used Kim’s filter “gratefully” at 45% opacity. Nice….




And more of my camelia sasanqua. It just keeps going and going….!



I’m sure you’re dying to know (!!) how my dwarf Meyer lemon tree is coming along: well I am happy to say, it’s doing just fine. The flowers have the most wonderful scent. We’ve been bringing it inside at night and then back out into the sunshine during the day. So far our weather has been mild, but of course, that will change in a few weeks…



I have a fun post for you on Monday and it’s related to Paris. Hope you will check back in!