Friday, April 26, 2013

Golden Poppies and Lavender and reading about Tudor England

Thank you to all my blog sweeties for your birthday wishes. You are each one a treasured friend in my garden of friends.
For today's blog post I saw these Golden Poppies and Lavender on my walk along the bay today.
They are growing two blocks from our house.
The red brick wall gets very hot and holds the heat which California poppies and lavender both appreciate. I think orange and purple / blue flowers on a red wall are an odd combination, but it works and they look right purty.
I had time to read a bit today, and before that I exercised in a pool for an hour and did a wee spot of gardening.
With my reading I get to time travel, in a way, and today I am in the Tudor Court, reading a not yet released book about Henry VIII's sixth wife, Catherine Parr. The book is "Queen's Gambit" and it is the first novel by Elizabeth Fremantle. When I saw the author's name I thought she was born to write fiction about England's royalty.
Do you like to time travel with a book too?

30 comments:

Denise said...

Such beautiful flowers.

Tete said...

Love the wall and all the blooms flowing over it. Lavender and poppies look great together there. I don't think I would have put that combination together either, but it does work. Wanted to wish you a belated birthday! Seems like forever since I have had time or felt like getting around much in blogland. Hope you have a grand time in England. I love to travel that way, too. ;)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Totally--and I'm nuts about those Tudors!

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Happy belated birthday Terra! I hope you had a nice one:)
I love the combination you've created with the lavender and poppies. Quite a designer's eye!

Jennifer

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The California Poppies and Lavender are a beautiful combination.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

What a beautiful walk!!! Happy Belated Birthday!!!!
Warmly,
deb

Michelle said...

Those are some beautiful blooms!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I do not like orange flowers in my garden, but I admire them in others. The garden you show is a very pretty combination.

My daughter does a lot of poppies in California and I love the way they look. Some people do them here, but they only have a 3 week life.

Stephanie said...

What beautiful flowers! The snow just melted here so hopefully soon we will begin to see some flowers :)

Hugs,
Stephanie

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The poppies and lavender go well together. Would not have come up with that on my own.

Grammy Staffy said...

The flowers look beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
I always have a good book taking me away to somewhere or other. It is about my favorite way to travel anymore.
Have a great weekend.

Lynda said...

So glad you had a wonderful birthday. I love reading - - mainly biographies - - - but fiction, too, if it is really, really good.

Ann said...

Oh my poppies are such a brilliant flower, I don't have much luck with them though. I like the color combo. And I Love Period books--this one sounds perfect.
Ann

DawnTreader said...

What a lovely display of colour! And yes, I quite like a bit of time-travelling...

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Happy Birthday, and the photo is inspiring. A touch of color like those poppies might liven up my garden nicely.

Crystal Mary said...

Your flowers are beautiful!! So perfect and so special.They make you feel happy just to look...I could sit and do that all day.. I will look for your book. xx

Breathtaking said...

Hi Terra
A belated Happy Birthday to you:=)I love Californian poppies,and used to have some many years ago in my garden. As I'm a gardener I share your love of flowers.

Have a nice day!

Linda R said...

What beautiful flowers. And yes.. I love to go places when I read a good book. I do hope you are having a happy weekend.

Strawberry Lane said...

Such lovely flowers!

MandaBurms said...

Happy belated birthday! The books sounds interesting when will it be released? Looking forward to reading your review of it.

Simone Moland said...

Terra, those poppies made me long, just a little, for California. They are gorgeous. I like to immerse myself in a book but I'm not sure if it's really time traveling.

Red Rose Alley said...

Terra,
You know what, I have these same poppies along the side of my front yard. I wasn't sure about them at first when we moved here, but now everytime I see them, I smile. The orange color just makes you happy, doesn't it?

I hope you're enjoying your spring so far.

Love,
~Sheri

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Terra I love these poppies and would love to have some growing out here.
I too love to time travel while reading or even mowing the lawn. lol
Would love for you to be a Blogazine Guest and tell us about your book. I am off to Amazon now to see if I can buy it.
Love ya
Maggie

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I love purple and orange together. Beautiful!

Inger said...

What a beautiful color combination. Thanks for stopping by and deciding to follow my blog and also for the book recommendation. I enjoy reading about the Tudors and I hadn't heard of this book before. I agree, with a name like that.....

I will sign up to follow you as well.

Pamela said...

Love those cascading flowers. I like to time travel backwards but not forwards. The book sounds interesting.

Morning's Minion said...

I am envious of the luxuriant lavender--mine does well here in KY and winters over, but it doesn't become exuberant!

Denise said...

Thank you for visiting Me and your kind words on My post.You sound just like Me in describing your day.We must have a lot in common.Denise

Decadent Housewife said...

Those flowers are wonderful together. A perfect pairing.

Love to time travel. Every book is a ship, IMHO.

Annesphamily said...

Goodness your garden is lovely! I am not sure we will ever have a garden! But I have a glimmer of hope. I was at a blog yesterday and the blogger said she plants zinnias from seeds and they are so glorious and colorful. Not to mention very reasonable. Giving you a very belated birthday wish! I feel so badly that it takes so long to catch up! I need to find my blog book at I created so I can update it and get better organized! I love your nice comments and I always love visiting here with all your pretty garden candy!