As you may have noticed from my work, I love flowers, gardening, and all things vintage. Peonies, poppies, and bleeding hearts have been in bloom recently and at the heart of my photos. These timeless flowers hold a fresh beauty of today while also reminding us of Grandma's gardens, wild fields, and the heartiness it takes to come back year after year, winter after winter to bloom once again.
All of the blossoms in my peony, poppy, and bleeding heart still life photographs are from my own garden. While it pains me a bit to cut them, knowing it will cut their time short, I so appreciate that their beauty will live on through these images.
While I don't have the greenest thumb, I enjoy gardening immensely. My first fascination with gardening and flowers came when I was around 5 years old and was introduced to my grandfather's garden with it's raised beds overflowing with snapdragons, delphiniums, and so many more of which I didn't know the name but knew their sweet smell and brilliant beauty. There were rows of raspberry bushes we would go out and pick in the quiet of dawn, followed by bowls of fresh berries and cream with a little sugar - makes my mouth water just thinking of it. A lifelong love was born that year, though I doubt my grandparents had a clue what it all meant to me, nor did I appreciate the lasting impact it would yield. They had given me a quiet, unsuspecting gift of the love of nature, of being outdoors, and enjoying one of the purest pleasures of life.
My other grandmother's garden left it's mark on me, as well. Every time I see peonies and yellow roses, memories of her arise and warm my heart. Funny, isn't it? We spend so much time buying gifts for our children and grandchildren, planning things to awe them with the intent of making memories, but it is often the everyday things that leave the indelible mark on their hearts and minds, things that are honest, simple, natural.
Flowers fade so quickly, we need to appreciate them while they are here. My hope is that these images stir a sense of sweet memories, peace, and joy within you and allow you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty nature provides each time you lose yourself in them.