Most of my inspiration comes from the garden or other beautiful nature scenes.
Last year I didn’t plant a butterfly garden because I had just moved in to a new home. This year, thanks to a wonderful friend who gave me the seeds, I did plant one. The rewards are worth the time and effort. The realtor who sold me the house gave me a patio swing as welcoming gift. Now I can sit out in the evenings on the swing and watch the butterfly show. Hummingbirds and goldfinches are all over too but I’m not quick enough with my camera to catch them yet. Working on catching them with paintbrush instead. I hope you will be as refreshed as I have been watching the beautiful butterflies.
Some of the photos in the slideshow are from previous butterfly gardens. The old are mixed in with the new as seasons come and go.
The magnolias are blooming and the air is smelling sweet.
When the Bearded Iris bloom spring is in full swing. I wish they lasted more than a few very short weeks. I’d like to see them bloom all summer but then they may not be quite so special.
The Bearded Iris is the Tennessee State Flower. Right now they are blooming profusely in masses of cheerful color. These shots were taken at the following locations:
Iris City Gardens. Iris City grows and ships a large variety of iris plants. The more unusual blooms in the video are from Iris City.
Carnton Plantation. Carnton was at the center of one flank of The Battle of Franklin during the Civil War and is maintained as a historic site today on the restored battlefield.
Downtown Franklin. Franklin, Tennessee is an art and culture center with restored shops filled with art and antiques.
Ellington Agriculture Center is a museum dedicated to Tennessee agriculture and also home to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.