My mother has always had beautiful gardens wherever we have lived. At our old home that I grew up in before she married my step dad we had so many gardens: planters overflowing with cucumbers and onions, tomatillos and tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, beans and potatoes; we grew the majority of our food. Raspberry bushes and patches of asparagus, a fragrant and beautiful rose garden. Rosemary and various herbs in one planter, tiger lilies and lambs ears and lavender in another. So it only made sense that when we moved in with my stepfather that mom would continue with her love of gardening. The gardens at my mom and stepdad’s house are stunning and flourishing, and Little C always has the best time playing in them. Dinner plate dahlia’s the size of my face bloom in brightly colored patches and tomatoes hang ripe on the vine. A beautiful wooden arbor covered in kiwi vines that produce fruit provide shade and boast a beautiful mosaic underneath. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of her gardens and practicing with various lightings and angles while we were up there and I would love to get a different lens so I can do more micro photography at some point. I’m grateful for this blog for numerous reasons but one of them is that I have been forced to learn about photography. Having never taken a class and with no clue about how to work a professional camera, Big C and I bought our camera shortly before Little C was born, and it has been such a neat experience learning how to use it. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend, I have spent the last two days in bed trying to kick this stupid flu and am really hoping to feel better soon! Happy Friday loves.