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My first job when I get to the beach is to pick the sweet peas. I have picked bouquet after bouquet and still there are more! What a summer of precious blooms, too many to even pick.

This is simply one of my favorite things to do in the whole world. And then to bring them in the house and experience their beauty and delicious fragrance, this is a little of heaven on earth.

My Lily of Hope Angel stands in front of a favorite watercolor of mine in the living room. It seemed just right to put her in front of a field of flowers full of color and light.
She holds a heart with a lily bursting forth. So many thoughts come to my mind about all the symbols of this image. Hope is such a necessary ingredient for happiness. Hope sweetens our love and gives it life. As we share hope it strengthens ourselves and those we share it with.

The evening light coming in my north window in the summer creates a lovely mood for my angel collection.

I have shared photos of my rose arbor in bloom previously but it is so beautiful and fragrant that it bears celebrating again this year. These photos were taken in June so it’s time to publish them. (:

The white blooms are City of York climbers and they are vigorous growers. I keep them cut back and pruned so they do not completely cover the arbor to make room for four David Austin roses. The David Austin roses really make their presence known with a profusion of pinks, oranges and golds.

The fragrances of these roses are intoxicating when I walk under the arbor. I bury my nose in a bloom with my eyes closed and I am lost for a moment in its rosy perfume of spices or lemons.

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