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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer



Summer is warm sand beneath my toes, sunshine and beaches. It’s family vacations or stay-cations. It’s sitting on the patio chatting with friends on a warm afternoon, hoping for a cool breeze. It’s long walks thru the park with the kids and the doggie in search of the closest playground. Summer is camping trips, fishing on the lake, spending time bicycling outdoors enjoying nature.  Tank tops, shorts, sun dresses and flip-flops, sun glasses and cannonballs in the pool……..bring on those endless summer days.




Summer Blooms

Summer’s almost here and everything’s in bloom.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m all about gardening. I love growing plants and flowers with a passion for English Roses, Ornamental grasses and Bonsai. Whenever I travel, I put flower markets, botanical gardens and Japanese gardens high on the list. Here are a few favorites.

**Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Florida has six gardens inspired by  different historical periods and styles of Japanese gardening.


**Plants are in bloom year round in the New York Botanical Gardens & Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.


Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden | Plants and imaginations grow in the Family Garden, where you’re encouraged! to play in the dirt.

 **Located on the Singel Canal, the Bloemenmarkt floating market is one of the most colorful locations in Amsterdam. The unique floating stalls are filled with fresh flowers which are delivered daily. This is the only floating market in the world. The market can be accessed from the adjacent street or along the canal by canal boats. Dutch souvenirs are available in the market as well as pre packaged plant bulbs for export.


Canal access by boat


Floating flower stalls


Wooden Dutch Clogs – They’re not just souvenirs they’re actually wearable.

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