Some of you may know that several years ago, I made a resolution to always have fresh flowers on my dining room table. It was a New Year's Resolution that I felt that I could actually accomplish and enjoy accomplishing. I only had to stop for a couple of months when Luxie was very little, because she would tip them over, drag them around, and basically ruin the calming, soothing effect of the flowers. Now that she is older, I've started it back up again. Oh, she immediately jumps up to check them out, maybe have a nibble or two, but with a "No" from me, she doesn't really bother them.
After reading about lilies being poisonous to cats. I am now careful to check all of the flowers that I bring in. Now that spring is here, or rather it was here, though tonight's freezing temperatures remind us that winter is still hanging around, I can stop buying grocery store bouquets and bring in flowers from my garden. These flowers are from a large flowering shrub called a Chinese Fringe Flower. It is a big, gorgeous shrub with a graceful arch and each branch is loaded with these hot pink fringe flowers. It looks like fireworks in your yard. It grows really big and Mr. Sidewalk Shoes is constantly bemoaning the fact that he planted it under our dining room window, meaning that if we actually want to look out the window, he has to keep it trimmed. A lot.
For my artsy photo this week, I used my Topaz plugin - Impressionist.