Fresh From the Garden…

Hello all!  Fresh from the garden, I’ve a few little blooms to share with you today.  Well, one isn’t really that little, it’s quite large actually…it’s this Shirley Temple peony.  It’s a beauty, don’t you think?  I decided to treat myself to three peony plants for Mother’s Day, so I’m hoping to see a few more of these pretty blossoms coming my way.  I love it’s soft pink ruffled petals.  Mmmm…pure yumminess.

I added one of Kim Klassen’s textures to this photo for Texture Tuesday.  Stained linen is what it’s called.  I β™₯ that too.  I did one layer at soft light and another at pin light, if by chance you were wondering.

Now, this flower is actually one from my mom’s garden.  We went to my parents’ house for Memorial Day and I used the opportunity to take a few snaps.  It’s an azalea…so I’m told anyway.  I gave this a few layers of texture too.  The photo above and the photo below are the same, each just has different layers.  On the first one I used two layers of stained linen.

And on this one, I used Kim’s stained linen texture and her pour vous texture.  Which photo do you prefer?  I think that I like the first of the two the best since the flower is brighter.  But, of all three, the peony is definitely my favorite.
Oh, by the way, I just want to say thank you to everyone who left me such nice comments on my last post…your kind words really mean a lot to me.
Happy thoughts from me to you.
Tricia β™₯
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  • joco

    Such great flowers to play with. Peonies always work so well.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:15 am Reply
  • Roadside Rustic

    What dreamy images. Loved your post and gorgeous blog!

    May 31, 2011 at 5:15 am Reply
  • Cedar

    Beautiful! I like the middle shot best, but these are all lovely!

    May 31, 2011 at 5:19 am Reply
  • Stampmouse

    as always beautiful

    May 31, 2011 at 5:35 am Reply
  • jacqueline

    Dearest sweet Tricia, i am a huge fan of pony and yours are just beautiful! I love love the texture you use in your photo! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to yoU!

    May 31, 2011 at 5:36 am Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    Your photos are just heavenly, Tricia….or have I said that before?

    May 31, 2011 at 5:36 am Reply
  • elizabeth

    Beautiful! The peony is my favorite too. I will miss your Friday linky but I definitely understand…blogging can become very time consuming! πŸ™‚

    May 31, 2011 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Sherri @ Antique Paperie

    Oh Yes, the Peony! It has always been my favorite flower. Perhaps because I associate it with Old Fashioned, and Romance. At any rate Tricia, all of the Photos are beautiful. I tried Pin Light on a few of mine, and they did not turn out as well as yours! I like Multiply and Soft Light too…Hope you have a wonderful and peace-filled week ahead ~ xo

    May 31, 2011 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Jenni

    Dreamy and beautiful images. Who could not love the peony! I like how you tried the other flower with pin light too, it's good to see something different… and it looks great. I must explore some more!

    May 31, 2011 at 6:18 am Reply
  • Nadege,

    Such beautiful images. I wish I had more flowers to play with.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Miriam

    Another peony fan here! Your pictures are very beautiful.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:38 am Reply
  • jessica

    Tricia I can't remember if I commented On your last post or not. I will be bummed that you aren't hosting the Party anymore but hey! you've got to do what's best for you and your family! It was definitely fun while it lasted! Thank you for the awesome opportunity! Also thank you for the nice comments you've posted on my link ups! Anyways…. Your photography is amazing! I love peonies too! I have been dealing about putting some in my yard to enjoy! Thanks for the beautiful pics and I hope your weekend was relaxing!

    May 31, 2011 at 6:50 am Reply
  • jessica

    Oops goofy auto correct on my phone! I meant thinking! Not dealing! Lol

    May 31, 2011 at 6:51 am Reply
  • tresjulie

    The Peony is my favorite too! Wonderful

    May 31, 2011 at 7:17 am Reply
  • Joyelle @ An Artful Endeavor

    That peony is stunning! I am jealous because the peony Plant that I bought has yet to give me a single bud. Oh well, hopefully soon he sun will come out for us, and coax out some blossoms.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:32 am Reply
  • Rachel Noelle

    LOVE them all Tricia!;) How do you get the Kim Klassen photo editing packgage? I really want it now that I always see your stunning photos~ LOVE the first one especially! Hugs, Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

    May 31, 2011 at 8:10 am Reply
  • raspberry essence

    theyΒ΄re perfect, i love your photos!

    May 31, 2011 at 8:21 am Reply
  • Deborah

    In love with your peony..they're my fave!!!
    And out of the other two shots I prefer the first one(though they are both lovely)
    Love those textures..wish I had photoshop!
    Have a great day Tricia! xo

    Deborah xoxo

    May 31, 2011 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Greenfingers

    So soft and pretty.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:24 am Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor


    The peony is lovely. It's my fave flower ever!
    I like the first image better, too.

    Hope you had a great weekend.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Cindy Lew's Studio

    Good Morning, I have stopped by your blog before, but today I became a follower:-) I just love your blog and of course anything Pink!!! That is soooo pretty, just love it. I will have to check out the filters, since I am a die hard PS person and have thought about putting some basic PS tutorial on my blog, I just love the way it came out. I just mess with my filters until I get what I want, but that is beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful week.

    Warm Wishes, CindyLew

    May 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Barb

    Such gorgeous use of Kim Klassen's textures! I love the azalea – wonderful bokeh!

    May 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm Reply
  • Het Hoogerhuys

    Wait until the azalea blooms.
    She is very beautiful.
    And the color is so beautiful.

    But that does not mean I do not like the peony,
    This is really a beauty.

    Love Sandra

    p.s. you understand my english a bit.

    May 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Linda Makiej

    Beautiful texture work!!
    So dreamy and soft!

    May 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Shabbyfufu

    Oh Tricia, your post processing work really is just so GORGEOUS and inspirational!

    May 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Kim Klassen

    oh goodness…… oh my… so pretty!!
    wonderful work!

    thanks for linking up with texture tuesday! xxo, kim

    May 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • traci

    very beautiful!!! flower photos always make me happy.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    Stunning! Our peonies should bloom next week here in the NorthEast – can't wait.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • michelle

    These are gorgeous photos and flowers! I love that peony. I have heard of that particular type but had no idea it was so big. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend my friend.XO

    May 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • Val

    So light and lovely! Gorgeous.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • Pink an White

    I love the photo with the peony. The petals look so delicate.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm Reply
  • Oliag

    The peony is my favorite too…but then I just adore peonies:) Love the processing in all three photos!

    May 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm Reply
  • Geri Centonze

    so beautiful as always β™₯

    May 31, 2011 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Jane

    Lovely photos – of the two texture shots I prefer the first one, the colors are brighter and for me this works better, but I light bright!

    May 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Ashley Sisk

    Such beautiful texture work – I especially love the first shot.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    I hope that I can capture some beautiful peony images when my plants begin to bloom! The rain is so hard on them, though. The first image is so dreamy…..but I love those others, as well!

    May 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    Beautiful Tricia, I love the first of the two also but like you said the Peony is my favorite. I love those flowers they are so beautiful!

    May 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Secret Garden Cottage

    Love the pink peony, Tricia… beautiful picture… they all are. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start. πŸ™‚
    Hugs β™₯ Jo

    May 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Lynn

    I love the first shot of the Azelea too, love that texture πŸ™‚

    May 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm Reply
  • alicia

    That peony is magnificent!! I can't get over how beautiful it is. And love how you placed it on textured paper.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    See, I'm all mixed up. It IS Tuesday isn't it! Gorgeous photos. Love the peony also.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm Reply
  • followingsplendor

    I love peonies! This variety looks especially flowing–wonderful texture work–my PSE doesn't have pinlight-or maybe I haven't seen it:) Beautiful blog too…

    May 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • lakenreich

    Beautiful pictures.

    May 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • julie - eab designs

    Would love to have a set of notecards with your first photo! Perfect!

    May 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Heaven's Walk

    Purely and simply beautiful, Tricia! β™₯ My peonies are just about ready to bloom and I can hardly wait!

    xoxo laurie

    May 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • myartsdesire

    Tricia! Oh….love at first sight. Peonies are in a class all by themselves and so is this photo of Miss Shirley Temple! I'm adding her to my garden wish list! Beautiful texture work as well! Xo, Sue

    May 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Between You and Me

    what beautiful images you posted!

    I can't wait to look around at past posts…I've been out of the loop for a while!

    May 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm Reply
  • Gretchen L.

    So so SO beautiful!

    May 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    All three photos are unbelievably beautiful. The peony has got to be my favorite, but I am a sucker for anything vintage. Thanks so much for sharing!

    May 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • Jennifer@threedogsinagarden

    The peony is my favorite. Of the other two I guess I prefer the brighter one. Great texture work!

    May 31, 2011 at 11:22 pm Reply
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    May 31, 2011 at 11:34 pm Reply
  • Nikki

    Your images are stunning. The peony is my favourite. I love those delicate pink ruffled petals sitting on the paper. Great use of texture.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:04 am Reply
  • lisa

    These are just gorgeous Tricia!
    Our peonies are just opening now.
    Seems like I have been waiting so long for them to do so!

    June 1, 2011 at 12:33 am Reply
  • Peabea

    Gorgeous flowers and love how the texture enhanced them. Really nice.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:04 am Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    Absolutely beautiful! So soft and lovely! Love them all!

    June 1, 2011 at 1:10 am Reply
  • kimB

    So lovely! Our last home came with a large stand of peonies that bloomed on their own every year. I never did anything to them (my green thumb is dark brown, apparently…) and they bloomed fat, fluffy and white without fail πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!

    June 1, 2011 at 2:09 am Reply
  • Amarie

    What a beautifully fluffy flower! Great capture :-).

    June 1, 2011 at 2:21 am Reply
  • Gale Wall

    Always a joy to stop by!

    June 1, 2011 at 3:16 am Reply

    I think I'm in love…the pink peony is phenomenal. WOW!

    Hope you're having a good week :O)


    June 1, 2011 at 4:07 am Reply
  • kelly@thebluemuse

    I love peonies, mine are just starting to bloom, and I am planning to pick a vase-full today! Gorgeous texture work!

    June 1, 2011 at 11:59 am Reply
  • cathy

    Such beautiful photos. I loved the linen texture as well. Your blog is lovely.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • sandra @ french laundry 132 β™₯

    Ahhh *sighs* such loveliness Tricia! So soft, so beautiuful. Love the colors. Peonies have always been a favorite of mine and I can almost smell them. I think I drool over their scent. I've never seen peonies here in the South, it's probably too warm for them here.

    Your blog is sooooooooo beautiful! One of the prettiest around ever!

    June 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • Rose ~Victorian Rose ~

    What a treat your blog is.
    Hate when I miss anything.
    Just lovely. Wish I had different (free ) flowers to play with….
    DEEP in the heart of Southeast Texas.


    June 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    Just beautiful…the perfect shade of pink, still waiting for mine to bloom:) I hope I don't have to wait to long.

    Hope your week is going well.


    June 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm Reply
  • Henrietta

    Really did you plant that on mother's day and now it is giving you flowers….no way, I'm so envy. It take years for me to have flowers from peony after I have planted. Have I just bought to little peonies so they take time to grow?!?! I want those too now, that is so beautiful.
    I'm so sorry to hear you take light off from the party but I understand. I'm sometimes too lazy even answer the comments or I'm coming a week behind and it feels like work.
    Anyway we keep in touch:)

    June 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm Reply
  • Georgianna

    Peonies are among the best to photograph, not to mention to look and and to smell, aren't they?

    I also prefer the azalea image with the richer color. Azaleas are so intense, it seems a shame to tone them down, although the second image is also lovely.

    xo – g

    June 2, 2011 at 12:56 am Reply
  • Dianne


    June 2, 2011 at 1:07 am Reply
  • Creative Mish

    So pretty!

    June 2, 2011 at 1:22 am Reply
  • kelly

    Lovely photos, Tricia.


    June 2, 2011 at 3:22 am Reply
  • GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights

    Peonies are my favorite flower!

    June 2, 2011 at 3:22 am Reply

    Seriously those are the most beautiful flowers on earth. They almost look fake. Your pictures are always so lovely Tricia.

    June 2, 2011 at 4:46 am Reply
  • Zondra Art

    I like your blog, your photos are so beautiful, I enjoyed the visit.
    With great pleasure I will following your blog.

    Have a nice day and best regards, Zondra Art

    June 2, 2011 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Kathy

    Wow…that is a beautiful peony. I love the angle of the shot and the use of the texture. Just lovely.

    Bright blessings,

    June 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Val

    Your images are some of the best pictures, ever! Breathtaking.

    June 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Lara

    Hi There Tricia πŸ™‚

    WOW – the texture & compo on that first photo is A-mazing!!! What a beautiful peony & good for you for treating yourself to some peony plants! I just put a white peony plant in last weekend – only $9! I better get some blooms from it this summer – that would be nice. I also just put in a French Lilac shrub.. been spending wayy too much at Home Depot & Menards, ha! Your blog readers totally understand about your needing to take the weight off from your link party – you do what you need to honey! I'm glad you ran it when it lasted! Have yourself a nice wkend!



    June 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Laura @ 52 FLEA

    Really beautiful images Tricia…just love how you use those textures!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:52 pm Reply
  • Nikki

    Tricia, thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments. Just letting you know I have updated my blog to include a tutorial for How to colourize textures in PSE..


    June 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm Reply
  • Linda Carole Bloom

    I am intrigued by the "layers" in your photos. I read further and you mentioned that you use pycnik? I have to look into this, as I want to improve my photos. Yours are beautiful!

    June 3, 2011 at 12:18 am Reply
  • Life with Kaishon

    Now that is a GORGEOUS flower. I LOVE the first picture. Stunning! : )

    June 3, 2011 at 3:01 am Reply
  • Vicki

    I just love your photos. You are so talented behind the lens and computer! The first is definitely my favorite although I am fascinated by the flower from Mom's too. Just gorgeous.

    June 3, 2011 at 11:37 am Reply
  • Hilda R.B

    This photos is wonderful. Great job!

    June 3, 2011 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Sarah @ Modern Country Style

    Hi sweet pea,

    These are looking gorgeous, Tricia. I love old scripts – they seemed to have such a knack then of writing beautifully, didn't they?


    June 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Sweet Young Journey

    Your peony is beautiful!
    Have a wonderful day, Tricia!
    hugs, Cheryl

    June 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm Reply
  • Linda

    What a beautiful peony, Tricia! Thanks for sharing your photo treatments, too…experimenting is fun! I just saw your post about the party and I totally understand! You know how things work in your life and sound like your priorities are straight! XO

    June 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Donna

    The Peony is Out of this world, Beautiful!!
    Happy weekend!

    June 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm Reply
  • Sofies Haus

    absolutly stunning shots and editing! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog, hughs Anja

    June 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • sandra @ french laundry 132 β™₯

    just popping in on a Saturday night to say hello to you and your lovely blog !

    June 5, 2011 at 3:05 am Reply
  • taio


    June 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm Reply
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