Summer has arrived in Minnesota! Well, at least in my book. Today is the last day of school and the kids will be off for three whole months. Vivid memories of summer fun during my childhood captivate my soul as do the gorgeous, vivid colors of summer flowers.
Walking barefoot across the silky green grass. Eating popsicles on a balmy hot and humid day. Watching the sunset well past nine o’clock over one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. Barbecuing bratwursts, burgers and corn for friends and family. Enjoying a gooey s’more surrounded by a mosquito-infested campfire on a cloudless night. All these delightful things I get too look forward! The adventure and feeling of being a child again all come back to me at the onset of summer.
Just in time for school break, the weather has suddenly improved and has finally stopped raining, leaving behind sensational, vividly-colored early summer flowers. The peonies, day lilies and irises are all in brilliant bloom, making my heart sing. It is a lovely time of year! A time of adventure, fun, and being alive. Let’s embrace it!
Here is to a summer filled with love, laughter, adventure and fun!
Wow! You’ve certainly captured some bright, vibrant, vivid blooms here! Happy Summer!
Thanks! Happy Summer to you too!
Happy summer to you as well! 😀
These are fantastic.
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed!
I thought I had a lot of flowers… 😉
I do tend to go overboard with flowers. I love them so much!
I have peonies exactly like your first and last photos. The plant had 21 buds and they are all opening and are gorgeous. Spring is wonderful.
Wow, I bet that is gorgeous. My peonies don’t smell but I wish I had the ones with the lovely fragrance!
One of my favourite times of the year is when our city’s Botanical Gardens is in its full bloom. The colours are gorgeous. Love your photos. Enjoy your summer. In the depths of winter here.
I bet! I remember the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch. Beautiful!
Our peonies close to the lake are still tightly budded … always love peony time!
Mine are already in full bloom Kat! Almost done!
Summer has arrived in Vancouver too. We’v just come back from a long walk around a big park near where we are staying and the flowers are just like your photos 🙂
I bet it is beautiful Alison! I have yet to visit Vancouver but have heard so much about it. On the list as I like to say!
Nice colourful contribution. Very vivid. 🙂
I too am looking forward to summer! Its such a lovely season, so freeing and fun!
Enjoy your summer 😉
Thank you! me too! I love summer!
Wow your pictures are amazing! Looking through them really brought up summer feeling!
I hope you’ll have an amazing summer full of joy!
Wish you all the best 😀
Thank you! 🙂
I’ll toast to that! Nothing lovelier than summer flowers after the rain. Nicely done Nicole.
I love your posts! These flowers are so pretty!
Thank you so much!
BBQ’s, gardening, swimming, long evenings… Count me in.
Yes all the wonderful, freeing things about summer, right!
whoa…that is all very vivid…
Such a glory of colour, Nicole! Happy Summer to you 🙂
Thanks Jo! you too! 🙂
Yes flowery indeed!
🙂 Super !