Monday, May 25, 2015

Shades in red

The garden is creeping up now, bursting with colour and still 
promising more with the geraniums, bougainvilleas and some 
laurels which are quicker to bloom. What is frustrating this
 year is that the rose bushes haven’t given sufficient blooms 
but it has probably occurred because of the upheaval in the 
front yard. A new path has been constructed, soil has been 
added and they may have felt stressed somehow.
I wish we could get closer to the garden especially in 
the country where flowers hang their heads for lack 
of water and we aren’t able to remedy it on the spot.

The school year is wrapping up; students are allowed to count down 
to vacation which doesn’t mean that they will be totally carefree 
though. Some preparation in advance for more difficult or 
challenging topics will be necessary. I’m thinking about this as my
 daughter is graduating from elementary school and has to face
 a higher level of requirements. Do you have kids at this stage?

I would like to thank my dear blogfriend Jane Moller from 
true-colors  who so pleasantly surprised me with this 
beautiful painting despite the fact I wasn’t the winner of her 
giveaway. It's difficult to find the words to express my thoughts 
and feelings when “unknown” people can be so unexpectedly
generous and polite, friendly and bountiful.
Jane is an aquarellist, a talented painter, native Danish but 
residing in Milan for more than 30 years. On her blog, you can 
discover various painting techniques, she is so talented indeed! 
A hug Jane!

See you!


  1. I love geraniums. My favourite at present is a scented one with little white flowers.

  2. So many colours in the garden, it's amazing and wonderful. In our garden I still have to wait some weeks before more flowers will be full in bloom. Enjoy your time in the garden, dear Olympia...and also enjoy the beautiful painting of your friend Jane.

    Hugs, Ingrid

  3. What amazing color in your garden Olympia! It is just so beautiful in your garden space. I love the throw and pillows on your benches! Such richness and life. I don't have children at home that age anymore, but I have a grand-daughter almost that age. School will be out this week and it seems like it went by so fast this year. I imagine your daughter is as excited as she is to have a break to look forward to.
    The painting your friend gifted you with is beautiful!!!
    sending hugs...

  4. Your garden is so beautiful, bursting with cheerful colors. It is so uplifting.

  5. Hello Olympia!

    Can you remember at me? I am the Flowermum :0)
    Since I stay on Insta, I am not so often in the bloggerworld.
    Your garden is a dream - a dream of colours. So beautiful and amazing.
    You must have a lot to do with them - the garden is always thirsty :0)

    Have a nice week

    Lovely greetings from your Flowermum

  6. What are these pelargoniums beautifully! And a thick full head!
    Sunworshipers par excellence!
    The bouqainville is also very beautiful!
    Beautiful plants all summer, so delicious colorful!
    Love to get such a beautiful painting, very beautiful.
    I wish you a beautiful week!

    Love, Gerry

  7. Wowwwww olympia like the colors in your garden...!!!! happy week enjoy Ria...x!

  8. What a beautiful painting to have received! It is in its perfect home with you! Your garden is stunning!!!!!! The geraniums are so beautiful, it must be wonderful to have the right sort of climate for them where they grow so large like that and flower so prolifically! I would love to have geraniums like that. Hope that you get to spend lots of lovely time in the garden!! xx

  9. Whauw what a colorful garden you have, I like the bougainvilleas and the oleander I can smell the oleander I lobe that smell.
    Your garden looks great, the geraniums are also nice it's a colorful place where you life enjoy it. Thanks for the lovely picture's take care.
    Greetings Petra.

  10. Lieve Olympia,

    Wij hebben hier een spreekwoord: het gras bij de buren lijkt altijd groener......
    maar bij jou is het echt zo;-) wat een heerlijke bloemenpracht en het gazon met stenen pad waar tussen gras heeft de gezonde kleur groen van een voetbalveld.
    Spannende tijd voor dochterlief en ouders om de juiste keuze te maken naar vervolg opleiding,tja kleine meisjes worden groot,maar ik heb zo het idee dat het helemaal goed zal komen.
    Onze kleinkinderen doen in het volgende schooljaar eindexamen en dan komt de vraag van: door studeren of werk proberen te vinden,net als in Griekenland is dat hier op dit moment ook niet gemakkelijk voor de jeugd,helaas.

    Ga voor het slapen gaan nog een keer genieten van je prachtige foto's en mooie schilderstuk wat jij mocht ontvangen van lieve blogvriendin.

    Kalinichta en lieve groet,

  11. I am sorry for your roses, but the other plants in your garden are so full of beautiful flowers and colours!!!!
    Your geraniums are gorgeous! And I particularly like the red oleanders...I also have one and enjoy it just outside my kitchen door.
    I wish you a lovely new week, dear Olympia!!!

  12. Bonjour chère amie,

    Ce mois de mai m'a éloignée un peu des blogs... Je profite des joies de la nature...
    Je suis agréablement surprise par ton magnifique billet rempli de couleurs vivifiantes avec tes généreux géraniums, les bougainvilliers et lauriers... Quel superbe spectacle !
    Il est vrai qu'aujourd'hui on nous conseille de composer nos jardins avec des fleurs et plantes qui demandent le moins possible d'eau.
    J'espère toutefois que tes roses retrouveront leur vivacité.

    Je te fais de
    ❀ Gros bisous ❀

  13. Oh dear so beautiful at your place! I love geraniums...
    Its always with happiness I visit your blog Olympia!
    Warm hug,

  14. Cara Olympia . Il tuo giardino scoppia di salute e di colore , dev'essere un vero piacere passere il tempo lì , mi sono veramente goduta le foto. Mi ha fatto piacere regalarti questo piccolo dipinto , e ti ringrazio per il tuo omaggio. Abbraccio e buona settimana.

  15. Amazingly beautiful colours. I love the little 'scenes' you have created with the bench , throw, cushions and lantern.
    My sister's daughter is at the same age as yours and growing fast. In a few months' time they
    will be little ladies and not little girls any more .Time flies for all of us......

  16. Oh what lovely colours Olympia, I especially love the geraniums which are enormous! My tiny pink geraniums are in hanging pots on my shed! Your garden looks a riot of beautiful colours! My children are all grown up, my youngest is 18 so I am fairly finished with intense support. Wishing you a lovely week. Sharon

  17. Quel beau jardin et quelle symphonie de rouges! C'est vraiment magnifique!
    Les fauteuils me semblent très confortables et la grenouille est bien mignonne!
    Bonne semaine à toi Olympia!

  18. Los geranios son una maravilla y están en esta época en todo su esplendor, me encantan las fotos, son una maravilla, vaya jardin mas precioso.
    Besitos Olympia.

  19. Lovely painting!! El olor de los geranios me recuerda a la casa de mis padres. Mi madre los cuidaba con mucho cariño. ♥♥

  20. Ooo, glorious colours and pictures!

  21. What a beautiful painting, I can understand that you were touched by it! And I just LOOOVE your blanket with the flowers!!

  22. Geraniums, bougainvilleas and laurels, its almost like we're neighbors :-)
    How beautiful your garden looks, Olympia.

  23. What a colourful garden you have dear Olympia. I must say I am a little jealous with all those blooms dramatically displaying their astounding bright colours. And that bench with all the ensemble on it looks inviting. Oh how relaxing to be around your garden. Thank you for sharing dear friend. Enjoy your week.

  24. oh it looks so lovely and summery !! the total opposite to what I see out my window right now...we have had such a cold May ...i love the bench and could happily sit there with you for a while lovely your gift from your blog friend ....such kindness warms the heart !
    Gail x

  25. I love the bright colours in your garden.and your geraniums look huge. I should have bought more of them at the garden nursery! I hope the move from the elementary school goes well for your daughter. It seems a long time ago since my children made that move! Sarah x

  26. Olympia, the red shades of your flowers are the loveliest ever. I like the pinks and the purples also. Your garden looks extraordinary. My roses are starting to bloom, and I love to go in my back yard and see them all in different colors. Your daughter will be on to the next stage - junior high! Yes, the courses get harder, but she will learn a lot in the next few years.

    A very lovely post today, Olympia, and your garden flowers are really gorgeous.

    love, ~Sheri

  27. Dear Olympia,
    what a sea of flowers, what a blaze of color. I envy you so many beautiful geraniums.
    Since I could settle down in the same chair and your stay. Simply heavenly this sight.
    Particularly well the great colorful flowery Plaid I noticed.
    I must have; 0) beautifully. And the painting is so beautiful voices.
    I love flowers Still - Life.

    lovely greetings, Moni

  28. What glorious colour in your beautiful garden! I can feel the heat of the afternoon sun on your red lovelies, as they wait to be nourished and watered in the late afternoon. But they are resilient, and thus, they radiate with pretty shades of crimson red, pure pink, and an infusion of both these striking hues. Once again, stunning pics of your gorgeous surroundings; you make me miss Greece!

    Sending love,

  29. Tu as un magnifique jardin ! Que de jolies fleurs ... Ici le temps est toujours gris et tout a un peu de mal à fleurir .... bravo pour ce tableau, il est vraiment joli ! Je te souhaite un bon weekend !!

  30. Oh Olympia, What a lovely garden! We've been busy the last week planting in our garden (also pulling tons of weeds left by the previous owner) and feeling that at least we have made a start. Geraniums, roses, lavender and pots of herbs -- one of these days I hope it is as beautiful as yours and that you'll come visit and see it in person. We can't be that far apart in the Peloponnese, can we?? Hugs, Jackie

  31. Your gardens are beautiful, Dear Olympia! So many vibrant colors, accented beautifully with your pillows and coverlets. Yes, we worry about our children taking on more and more responsibility as they grow older. It takes dedication and discipline, and a lot of support to get them through. Lovely painting - what a generous gift. Wishing you peaceful days in the garden this week, if possible! Hugs xo Karen

  32. Oh my, your garden is beautiful, Olympia. Love all the colors. The painting is beautiful too. So kind of your friend to make it for you.
    Sending a big hug from here.

  33. Oh my, your garden is beautiful, Olympia. Love all the colors. The painting is beautiful too. So kind of your friend to make it for you.
    Sending a big hug from here.

  34. Dearest Olympia,
    I love all those red flowers in your garden - it brings a bunch of energy and happy feelings! The best wishes to your daughter for her school-future! And the painting of your blog-friend looks wonderful!
    Lots of hugs, my dear - have a goog time!
    Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  35. Olympia ... just beautiful shades of red, and pinks a most marvelous array of colour.

    This time of year sees many sitting exams our youngest has just sat his final University Exams. He has been fortunate to get a good job, but it is not easy for the younger generation anywhere these days.

    Hope your weekend has gone well.

    All the best Jan

  36. Olympia ... just beautiful shades of red, and pinks a most marvelous array of colour.

    This time of year sees many sitting exams our youngest has just sat his final University Exams. He has been fortunate to get a good job, but it is not easy for the younger generation anywhere these days.

    Hope your weekend has gone well.

    All the best Jan

  37. Fabulous, full of power and energy!!! Love your planket!!!
    Happy days

  38. I knew that. Is another light in Greece! I


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