Shadows in the Garden

Hello dear reader, are you having a good week? I certainly hope so. If I push to one side all the deep thinking I’ve been occupying myself with (because that’s all rather exhausting and ho-hum), things are pretty OK with me. As I sat down to type this little message to you, gentle rain was just beginning to fall, a gathering of rainbow lorikeets were screeching in colourful happiness just outside my window, and I was enjoying a very welcome cup mug of tea.

Hey carnations, you're beautiful! :)

So what’s up with that title then? Well I’m rather fond of pretty things in the garden and shadows are something that I always find fascinating. I actually thought that ‘Shadows in the Garden’ would make an excellent title for a Virginia Andrews book, and wouldn’t you know it? There is actually one that is very similar, rather ominouslyย titled ‘Garden of Shadows’. I’ve never actually read one of her books, but I know they were incredibly popular with a lot of my high school peers back in the day.

Anyway, I digress … I bought myself this bunch of flowers earlier in the week, and I really wanted to share them with you because (a) they’re lovely, and (b) you deserve this bunch of flowers too. I’m sure I’ve told you before of how partial I am to carnations … yes, I know they’re a bit old-fashioned and dated, but they really have the most wonderful blooms, and as cut flowers they last for a really long time.

Flowers and shadows make for a pretty picture

At the moment I have so much to say, and yet at the same time not much of anything to say … so rather than wait for me to gather my thoughts, let’s just enjoy these flowers instead. While the flowers are clearly beautiful, most of all I’m loving the shadows which form a part of this floral arrangement … I hope you like it too!

PS. My Sparkapolooza piece for thisย fortnight’sย brief ‘Throwing Shapes’ features shadows too … fancy that! Oh, and the Mr has also submitted his own artistic and wonderful creation … featuring ninjas! ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Lucent Imagery

    Kind of sounds like my “overactive mind” phase I’ve been going through too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love shadows also and have been trying to capture more on camera lately so that I can share. I just took one yesterday of one of my plants and its shadows on the wall like your flowers. Lovely. Ah, we are two great minds… Adore that you’re giving yourself some love with flowers (and that you stick to what you like, which in my book makes you totally cool). Look forward to reading your gathered thoughts. You are always excellent at expressing them. xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – Well you certainly know how ‘scattered’ my mind has been lately … I suppose we all have phases like that. Shadows are wonderful fleeting things that are magical to catch! ๐Ÿ™‚

      PS. Thanks for your support on gathering my thoughts … sometimes they take a little longer than usual to sort themselves out. xx

  2. Andrew

    Hi Tracey,

    Carnations are my favourite flower. Years back on a Friday I would buy six to nine bunches at a train station on the way home. Two for my Mum. Two for my Nan. Three for my better half. To this very day I still buy my better half carnations and I feel they are underrated.

    Your carnations looks stunning. Plus the gentle rain and birds sound great as well.

    All the best


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – I’m glad to hear you like carnations too … and how lovely that you’d gift so many lovely bunches of them to those dear and near. I definitely think they’re underrated flowers too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Gabrielle Bryden

    Beautiful photo of the flowers (and shadow ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) – my favourite colour.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thanks so much … the flowers and the shadows certainly helped to improve my mood (as did the rain and the birds). Clearly, nature is happiness to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jill in a Box

    I really liked your Sparkapalooza piece and commented there also. Love the ninjas, too! Carnations had their heyday in the 70s, but they are making a fine comeback. A friend had very pale pink ones at her recent wedding and I remembered what a charming and beautifully scented flower they are.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jill in a Box – Thanks so much for reading my Sparkapalooza piece and for taking the time to comment (I’ll catch up on comments over there soon). I’ll tell the Mr how much you liked his ninjas! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Awesome. I’m glad to hear that carnations are becoming ‘cool’ again. They are such beautiful blooms … and they would make such lovely flowers for a wedding – elegant, timeless and simple. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Debby

    Oh so much reading to catch up with hopefully this weekend…although we’ve got lots of visitors coming…maybe Monday. Thanks for sharing the flowers and the flat bread recipe we will try it out. Ahmad’s been making the most amazing flat bread but one day it turns out perfectly and the next it doesn’t so we’ll give yours a try soon.

    Have an awesome weekend.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – I hope you’ve found some more time to catch up on reading and enjoy a little ‘you’ time … unless you still have lots of visitors passing through your doors?

      You’re very welcome for the flowers and the flat bread (they’re both favourites of mine). The bread that Ahmad makes sounds so good … but how frustrating that it doesn’t always work out for him.

      I’m late in catching up on replies … so I shall wish you an awesome weekend for the one that will soon be here. xx

  6. krystal/village

    I am enjoying a rainy day as well. I hope all is ok!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Yes indeed. All is well in my world, I just need to settle my thoughts so I can focus myself on one thing at a time (having to many ideas is a happy problem to have though). ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Christine

    Thank you for this lovely bouquet of flowers. And for letting us into your thoughts for a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on the Mr. And may your upcoming week be peaceful and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – You are very welcome for this bouquet. I think all beautiful blooms should be shared with as many lovely people as possible. All is great in my world, and all in all the week has turned out very well indeed … I just need to stick to doing one thing at a time (it’s not something I’m very good at). I wish you a very happy weekend for the days that are just around the corner. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. danica

    A quiet pause in which I am permitted to gaze at such lovely flowers is very welcome today (I feel a headache coming on).

    It’s funny how carnations have this reputation for being a less worthy bloom when, in fact, they’re so beautiful and wispy…and they don’t die after a day!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Danica – I’m so glad to hear that these flowers offered a little time out from your day, and gosh I hope that headache didn’t turn into anything at all. I’m sure gazing upon flowers both real or virtual has magical healing properties. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes I know! What a shame that more people don’t love carnations as we do. I gave up on having roses as cut flowers because they die way too quickly. Carnations just keep on going and going and going. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hila

    I’m one of those people who read V. C. Andrews ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for the flowers, they are indeed a welcome pause. I’m off to peek at your Sparkapolooza submission.


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Have I missed out on something in not reading V.C. Andrews? I honestly don’t know why I didn’t read any of her books … I think it’s probably because of my stubborn streak where I don’t want to do anything that everyone else is doing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m glad you liked the flowers, they were too lovely not to share. Thanks for taking the time to read my Sparkapolooza piece (that means a lot). xx

  10. Camila Faria

    Oh Tracey, these are so beautiful! I love that you bought flowers for yourself, I should do that more often!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – I don’t buy flowers for myself as often as I should (and it sounds like you’re much the same). It’s such a wonderful way to lift one’s spirits. xx

  11. bobbi

    I love cut flowers too, my problem is keeping glass vases at safe. No place is high enough for the furry bandits. They can fly.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Oh I know what you mean about the trouble with keeping glass vases safe from cats. My goodness, just having the one cat in the house brings drama enough for me … I wonder how you cope with having anything fragile in your home with your troop of kitties? xx

  12. woolf

    these carnations look velvety!
    shadows? yes. it’s the contrast!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Yes indeed … they do have rather luxurious, velvety petals (they’re truly just the best flowers). I think one reason I really love shadows is because they appear for only a short while before they shift, change and disappear. xx

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