A lovely Fragrant Cloud

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Fragrant Cloud Rose

I started out this year taking a lot more photos than I did last year, but something happened along the way and I’ve barely taken any pictures this summer at all. Honest, I was just searching through my rather large stock of photos and I really didn’t take very many postable photos in July or August. I guess I’ll have to make up for that this month.

So … This lovely flower is the beautiful Fragrant Cloud Rose. It blooms on and off throughout the season and it does have a lovely scent just as it’s name advertises. I grow a number of roses in my garden but the scented ones and the full petaled ones are definitely my favorites.

Do you enjoy roses? Do you love the smell of roses? I mean true rose fragrance, not the kind that you get in the florist shop these days.

Oh, in other news, I’ve just finished updating this site. Do you like the new look of The Breath of Life Photo Blog? It now has an interactive front page where I can have featured photos, and a blog page, a nicely laid out archive page and just better functionality over all. I hope you like it.





About to bloom – Pink Hyacinth

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I took this photo of some of my Pink Hyacinth when it was just getting ready to bloom. This was mid-April … of course it’s been blooming it’s pretty little head off and smelling up my yard with it’s heady perfume for about two weeks now.

I have several clusters of Hyacinth growing in my back and front garden beds. Most of them are pink or purple, but I have a few that are a soft peach in color.

It’s been warm here in Toronto the last few days so we’ve had the windows and doors open and every once in a while (especially early morning and late at night) the smell of the hyacinths will come indoors. It’s lovely.

Do you grow Hyacinths too?

Cheerful striped pink hyacinth

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Who wouldn’t be happy seeing lovely pink striped hyacinths blooming in their garden? Especially once you got a whiff of their lovely scent!

Several years ago I planted at least 100 hyacinth bulbs in colors of blue, white, pink and coral. I still have lots of hyacinths blooming in my garden each spring, but unlike some tulips these bulbs don’t seem to multiply … they eventually die off … so I don’t have nearly as many hyacinths as I used to. I have to remember to get more this fall … Hyacinths are too pretty to NOT have in the garden and if I don’t replace them soon it won’t be long before I don’t have these lovelies in my garden.

Hyacinth – just beginning to bloom

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Ah, the sweet perfume of hyacinth is once more enhancing my backyard. A few of my hyacinth plants started to bloom on Friday and the flowers are just beginning to open.

I love the rich shades of color of these purple hyacinths. They are blue to deep blue in some light and purple at other times. It’s strange, yet beautiful.

Do you enjoy Hyacinths? Do you buy forced plants to have inside in the winter or do you grow them in your garden?