The world is pink

The pink Phlox in all of its' glory.
The pink Phlox in all of its' glory.

        The world is pink out front and I love it! When the Phlox is displaying in its’ full splendor, the front yard becomes a sea of pink. On bright, sunny days, it actually casts a lovely, pinkish glow, in the living room, through the windows. The bees love the Phlox, as do the many species of butterflies. We’ve only seen a few stray butterflies so far, as they have yet to come in full force. We were given a load of different flowers from our dear friends, Tricia and Daisy Wilhoit. We spent a couple of hours at their beautiful home, this past Saturday, digging up all of the flowers and enjoying a great visit with Tricia. Most were planted by the time the sun set later that evening.

Two bees greatly enjoying the lush Phlox.
Two bees greatly enjoying the lush Phlox.

        We were most excited and happy to welcome back our dear neighbor friends, Paul and Norma Reynolds, this past week. They have been away for four months while Paul had a double lung transplant, and is now doing great! About a dozen of the neighbors worked in their yard one morning recently, cleaning it up and planting some new flowers to welcome them home. Some made casseroles and desserts, while others bought a few groceries to be there waiting for them. The evening they returned home, nine of us were there on their top deck waiting to surprise them. As they drove up balloons, the few that had survived the day, and pieces of brightly colored paper spaced out, that read “Welcome home” as they drove down their long, wooden bridge, welcomed them home. They were then greeted by our group cheering them on. It was a great memory for all involved.

Enjoying a meal at Lemon Grass, with Wes' family.
Enjoying a meal at Lemon Grass, with Wes' family.

       Wes’ parents, Jeanie and George, along with our sister-n-law, Karen, arrived yesterday afternoon and we enjoyed a wonderful meal at our favorite restaurant, Lemon Grass, being joined later by friends Tricia and Daisy. We all left quite full having enjoyed another delicious meal and much pleasant conversation. They will be visiting for the next week.

"Fishing the Wreck of the elizabeth Lee" by Wes, measures 2 x 4 inches, is shown with a transparent penny for scale.
"Fishing the Wreck of the Elizabeth Lee" by Wes, measures 2 x 4 inches, is shown with a transparent penny for scale.

      Wes finished his painting “Fishing the Wreck of the Elizabeth Lee” this past week. This piece was painted from a photo taken on a visit to Florida, a couple of years ago, at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. If you look really close you might be able to spot the three very tiny people in it fishing. We also did something new with this image, thanks to an idea from fellow miniaturist, Barbara Freeman. We’ve added a “vanishing penny” to the image to give the sense of scale. We think it’s an improvement from the regular version.

Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂


8 thoughts on “The world is pink

  1. Pink Phlox. I’d not seen a display like this ever before. How beautiful – and what a subject for a painting. You and Wes are certainly surrounded by a never ending nature notebook aren’t you. Here in England the spring seems to get better and better. Now the temperature is 20 degrees – I went for a row on my boat yesterday afternoon – nothing was moving on the river except for a couple of oarsmen. That is apart from dozens of swans and Canada geese. Hopefully some day I’ll be quick enough to film some of the swans as they skim across the water before they finally lift off. A bit like Concorde.

    1. Hi Bill,
      It is certainly a good year for the Creeping Phlox! We so enjoy being able to see it out the windows throughout the day. Every day brings something new in our surrounding flower gardens. 20 degrees. . . yikes. . . that’s cold! It’s only getting in the 40’s here at night now, and should be in the upper 70’s, during the day, later this week. I bet the swans and Canada Geese were absolutely beautiful! That would be great if you could get some photos or video footage of them during their lift off.
      Hugs 🙂

  2. mary jansen

    I’m guessing that’s 20 degrees Celsius if Bill’s from England…which is a lovely 68 here!
    Beautiful photos of your home! We used to live on a six acre plot in IA and had all kinds of wonderful wildlife around. I miss my critters terribly, (especially the frogs and owls and songbirds) but living near Chicago is nice too, (just not enough garden space!)
    Wes’ new painting is a feast for the eyes! So much incredible detail work!

    1. Hi Mary,
      Well, Bill is trying to confuse me. That’s much better if it’s indeed 68 degrees. We had a nasty cold snap, that got down into the teens, this same time of year here a couple of years ago and it killed everything. I’ll bet you do miss living on your acreage in IA, surrounded by all of the wildlife. I really enjoy hearing the frogs singing, especially what we call the spring peepers. Thanks for the compliment on Wes’ new painting, I’ll pass it on.
      Rachelle 🙂

  3. Hi Rachelle, Yes our 20 degrees is about your 70. I wish they wouldn’t keep messing about with figures here. I still think in feet and inches, miles etc but the powers that be keep trying to get us to go metric. I don’t want to. I can easily hold up my hands to measure an inch or a foot or a yard – but not centimetres etc. I hope to take my boat out today as it’s very warm . Love from Bill

    1. Hi Bill,
      Oh. . .70 sounds a lot more delightful, especially for taking your boat out. I always think in inches and feet etc., but I guess that was obvious. . Ha! I was really feeling sorry for you in that 20 degree weather, when you’re actually warmer there than we are here. Hope you have a wonderful time, enjoying a lovely spring day, while taking your boat out.
      Love and Hugs 🙂

  4. lovely work on the Elizabeth Lee, and great idea for having a transparent penny. I’d love to know how it’s done.

    I love pink phlox! Are these wild? I started three plants of Eva Cullum phlox in the garden I worked on last summer, but they are sensitive plants and I think only one may survive.

    1. Hi Mona,
      Thanks, I’ll pass on the compliment to Wes. As for the transparent penny, Wes will have to let you know as I’m not really sure how to do it.
      We do have a type of Tall Phlox here that are wild, however these particular pink ones in our yard are not. They don’t seem to be sensitive here as they take over and turn the world pink. I do hope your one plant survives.
      Rachelle 🙂

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