A Good Home, Blessings, Flowers, Garden, Peonies

Flowers for Jean

Blog Photo - Spring flowers in VancouverHow typical of Jean,” I thought when she sent me cheery photos (including the one above) of spring flowers in Vancouver. “To do something nice for me when it’s her birth-week.”

Jean does this kind of thing.

But it’s Jean’s birthday, so these flowers are dedicated to her.

Blog Photo - Red Peony

If asked to name something that comes to mind when we think of Jean, her friends would probably say:

Family.

Faith.

Friendship.

Good Food.

Flowers.

(We might also add Athletics, Books and Music but those words don’t begin with an ‘F’, so they don’t make the cut here.)

Blog Photo - Peonies and Solomon's Seal

These flowers are in honour of a special birthday.

Blog Photo - Peony deep pink singleJean loves flowers. She’s actually studied gardening. Recently, she created a whole new garden from scratch.

Peonies are among her favorites.

So are Bleeding Hearts. These below are grandchildren of a plant she gave me years ago.

Above photos by Hamlin Grange
4 Photos above by Hamlin Grange

A few of Jean’s gardener friends have contributed flowers and garden scenes to this birthday greeting.

Ornamental grasses from Linda’s garden:

Blog Photo - Book Club Iron Heron

And a lovely white peony:

Blog Photo - Flowers  for Jean Linda's Peony

Jan sends this yellow beauty and the pink lady’s slippers by the lakeside: 

Blog Photo - Jan's Yellow flowers for Jean

Blog Photo - Jan's Lady Slipper for Jean

And from Val’s garden come these peonies and scene of the lush countryside northwest of Toronto:

Blog Photo - Val Peonies on hillside

Thank you, Jean.

For your friendship.

And for being you.

A blessed birthday and birth-week to you.