Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My Garden Journal - It's a Lavender Spring

I'm glad you could stop by this week to see what's blooming in my garden. It just so happens that a number of plants flowering right now are in shades of purple.
I have Centaura commonly called perennial bachelor buttons in the blue variety (montana) and  amethyst dream. (top right)
Iris pallida smells like grape crush soda and has fabulous foliage without the flowers.
Tradescantia or spider lily in a purple and blue is one of those plants that travels around by itself. Easy to pull out if it ends up in an unwanted place.
My husband brought me in a big bucket of wild lilacs that I've put on the kitchen windowsill.
A new cake recipe I tried from Mennonite Girls Can Cook called Queen Elizabeth Cake was so delicious and moist from dates in the batter, it was gone before I could remember to take a photo of a sliced piece. I'll definitely be making it again. 
Thanks to everyone who came around to link to Mosaic Monday!
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea

29 comments:

  1. The lilacs on the kitchen windowsill look so gorgeous, beautiful! So many flowering in the garden by now, Irises, especially the blues and lavenders are favorites!

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  2. What a pretty post, Judith - from the blooms to the cake. Queen Elizabeth Cake is one of my favourites. I miss the wild lilacs of Ontario. There are old white lilacs in our garden, and I have planted two purple lilacs as we re-build the garden at the new-old cottage. There is no perfume like lilac in spring.

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  3. I'm amazed at your photos more and more, my dearest Judith, your garden is truly a corner of paradise, enjoy it !

    Hope you're having a lovely week I'm sending my dearest love to you, thinking of you with so much sweetness

    xox - Dany

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  4. Lovely purple blooms. Today my yellow iris opened along with some Stell d'oro daylilies.

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  5. Hello, I love all the purple blooms. Your garden must look lovely in person. The cake looks delicious. Enjoy your day!

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  6. Beautiful purple blossoms, so lovely pictures!! Greetings!

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  7. Judith ... I just love all your purple blooms, I would love to walk around your garden for real! But I always enjoy looking at your photo's, thank you

    All the best Jan

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  8. Perfect color for your garden! LOVE those lilacs. They look beautiful in the colored jars.

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  9. Purple reigns in your world!

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  10. I love that shade of purple. Your flowers are so lovely. I was happy to see some purple irises browning in our garden this spring. ♥

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  11. Your garden looks to be thriving. I love the colored jars you've placed the lilacs in. Lovely display!

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  12. It certainly is a lavender Spring, Judith! I wish I could smell the iris that smells like grape crush soda, and also, of course, those luscious lilacs. Now about that cake...wish we were neighbors, as I love anything with dates. I will need to check out the recipe! Happy gardening and baking, my friend!

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  13. Judith, what glorious things are growing in your garden...such beauty! The cake looks absolutely delicious!

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  14. What a lovely collection of lavender and blue flowers - those perennial cornflowers grow here, too.
    That cake is on my list of things to make soon, too.

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  15. There is something entirely restful, uplifting and gorgeous about purple flowers! Your garden is stunning. Now tell us did your husband cut the wild lilacs without your prompting? If so, what a top Hubby!
    Enjoy your gardening this week Judith.
    Wren x

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  16. What a gorgeous post! Your kitchen must be so colorful with those wild lilacs. The glass vases are also lovely in different colors. Have a wonderful week,Judith.

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  17. Loving all the purples. My first iris opened today! But the old-fashioned lilacs are turning brown already. But there will be another period of lilac blooms with the hybrids. They're don't have the same strong fragrance, but they are just as beautiful! Great to see you enjoying your garden.

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  18. Wonderful flowers in wonderful colours! :)
    But now I'm puzzled: what are wild lilacs? Do you have lilacs growing wild?! That does sound like a paradise!
    Have a lovely weekend with much happy gardening! xx

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  19. Love those top three shots. Really stunning.

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  20. All your flowers and that cake are just glorious!!

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  21. Gorgeous purple blooms in your gardens already! I love the bachelors buttons. My neighbour has them but they aren't blooming yet. Have a good weekend!

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  22. All of your images are just beautiful, Judith! Love the bachelor buttons, and the iris are so pretty. The photo of all the lilacs is breathtaking!
    Have a great weekend!
    Debbie
    xo

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  23. My sidebar has Mennonites can cook and one called "bread for the journey". What is the flower that resembles a thistle on the upper left?????

    When we moved here, everyone has the usual gardens full of white or red. I wanted BLUE. Blue is so uncommon. Oh, and ornamental kale. Must have that royal purple color mixed in with my blue and each plant has its own plans.

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  24. My sidebar has Mennonites can cook and one called "bread for the journey". What is the flower that resembles a thistle on the upper left?????

    When we moved here, everyone has the usual gardens full of white or red. I wanted BLUE. Blue is so uncommon. Oh, and ornamental kale. Must have that royal purple color mixed in with my blue and each plant has its own plans.

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  25. Your purple blooms are gorgeous, Judith! I love the Iris and the lilacs too. That cake looks scrumptious. I printed off the recipe but haven't gotten around to making it yet. Sounds like it could pass for a Christmas cake too because of the dates in it. Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  26. Beautiful blooms all around you Judith! What a lovely gesture from your husband to bring home an armful of wild lilacs ... they look amazing on the window sill. I hope you enjoyed some time outdoors yesterday, such a change to cold & wet today (but my windows are still open with a brisk breeze airing out the house!).
    Wendy

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  27. Oh, how I love those Iris, Judith and that cake I imagine too! Bachelor's Buttons and Spider Lily (although Wort also comes to mind...is it ever called that?). I want to get some rich purple Iris' for next year especially after seeing yours!!...:)JP

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  28. The photos of your flowers are so beautiful. The cake recipe is something I'm going to research, sounds like something I'd like! It's always nice visiting your blog.

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  29. Oh, how I love your stunning flower photographs! That first one especially looks like fine art photography!

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