This post is dedicated as a birthday gift to my sister from Jan and I. We are sending our best wishes and these flowers on your birthday Binnaz, many happy returns of the day.
A day in Boston and Watertown
As we move from spring to summer, my walks will become more frequent. Although not too long, they still allow me to stop and smell the roses, literally! This post is like a bouquet picked up from our garden, from our neighborhood, even from nearby Massachusetts. A few friends and I went to Boston to cast our votes at the Turkish Consulate General. Afterward, we went to Watertown to visit Russo’s Market and then stopped at Sevan Bakery, where my friends did some shopping. You will see a few flowers from Russo’s and a few melons showing off their smooth lines.
I also would like to highlight the public libraries in various locations in Rhode Island, offering great service to the public. The William H. Hall Public Library is located in Cranston, not too far from where we live in Warwick. I took Jan to visit a friend’s art show at the library, and I stayed out to take photographs. The building has a clean architectural style and character. This may grow into a project of public libraries in Rhode Island!
During one of my walks on a windy day, I stopped to enjoy a dogwood tree and photographed its bobbing flowers. As I photographed, several gusts of wind blew the flowers in front of my lens. I continued photographing to record the motion blur. I hope that when you view them one after the other in rapid sequence, you can also feel the gust of wind pushing them around.
Our house and garden
You will see a couple of photographs of our humble house. Contrary to the common practice, we have no lawn in the front or the back but many flower beds. There are several yucca plants in our gardens. When the flower stem starts to rise, the layers of panicles ready to open create an interesting pattern. You will see several photographs showing it in slightly different states. Along with yuccas, we have quite a few other flowering plants. Enjoy some Dutch irises, larkspur, coral bells, hosta, and others.
Although we have a bed of Rosa rugosa, the photographs of roses are from a neighbor’s front yard. I saw them as I walked by, stopped, smelled them, and captured their soft color and skin to share.
Wilderness next door
On more than one occasion, I mentioned the patches of wild growth in some empty properties. One of the benefits of this wild growth is the enjoyment of flowers we might not otherwise see. In one such crowded area, there are many rambling wild roses, mainly white. They put on quite a show in front of some dead trees, bittersweet, and other plants that grow in the wild. Wilderness next door!