Saturday, July 3, 2021

Saturday Art and Photos-Tower Hill Part 2

 Hi everyone.  Happy weekend. 

Here in the US it is the long July 4th- Independence Day weekend.  Earlier this week we had record highs for temperatures. .Yesterday and today we are record lows for July. From near 100 degrees F (around 38 degrees C) on Monday and Tuesday to in the low 50's degree F (around 12 degrees C) now. And it's raining too.  I feel bad for people who work because they get a long weekend, and it isn't looking pretty.

I'm not even sure what we'll end up doing this weekend, but I don't think our big family shindig at my MIL's on the 4th will be happening.


As rain is not always a bad thing (just on long holiday weekends for those people who finally get some time off), I created this rainy day collage page for Alison's summer countryside challenge at Art Journal Journey. This page is 5x7 inches, made on some blue cardstock as my background and is part of a smaller sized journal I had.  On it I used some printed tissue paper, some metallic daisy-chain paper, a TH  moth, white paint pen, some gemstone raindrops, and a little bronze (but painted gold) charm. Finally I added the wooden ticket. Everything here is from my stash.

I can easily get lost in a garden, and most importantly, be happy getting lost in that kind of summer countryside.

It's been a week since I've been able to share more photos from Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. Between being busy at home and busy online, I finally have a chance to post them today.

This might be flower overload! (But for me on a dark day, it is nice to see some sunshine-smile!)

I love this swirly begonia.

Around the flowers in this plant below, there was some sweet liquid. I'm guessing its an adaptation to attract flies or pollinators.

Above are the sweet scented orange flowers, and below are the tiny little oranges.

These poppies are beautiful. The colors are really pretty.

And late blooming irises are great to see also.

You've got to love a summer garden.

Wishing all of you in the US a wonderful July 4th holiday. And everyone else, have a great weekend. Hope you all have some sunshine and blue skies.


Valerie-Jael said...

I love your beautiful journal page for AKK, gorgeous. And I am in love with all of those flowers - one can NEVER have too many flowers, that's for sure. I would love to see that garden. Those curly begonias are great! Have a lovely weekend, hope the weather won't be too bad. Hugs, Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

38C!!! LUCKY you!!!
What is better than a a summerly rainy day???
You have "the ticket"!

And all those beautiful flower-pics!
Best time of the year!
LOL (my heart went... it´s a flower, I´m "never" late - what a name my parents gave me! I vote for Aorta!!! But Dad was an optometrist, not a a heart surgeon...)

P.S. If you like... send me your home-address via
Give me time, though, please.
But I might ... WILL!! come up with a lille snail mail for you, too.

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a lovely page Erika - it seems to be what we have had today - some occasional sunshine but mainly rain. Tower Hill Botanical gardens have such a variety of plants there - I suppose that's perfect considering the name !! Have a happy 4th July whatever the weather! Hugs, Chrisx

Halle said...

Gorgeous photos. I love your AJJ piece as well!!

DVArtist said...

Yeah our weather is crappy too. What's new. I love your art piece but I would definitely get lost in your garden. It is beautiful. Have a lovely weekend.

Lowcarb team member said...

That is a beautiful page, and you've shared some beautiful photographs.
Everything looks so colourful.
Have a good weekend and a happy 4th :)

All the best Jan

craftytrog said...

That's a gorgeous page Erika, I love the quote on the ticket. Great idea to do a wet summer day also, we get plenty of those here in England.
Beautiful flower photos too!
Happy 4th July, hope you have a lovely day.
Alison xx

sirkkis said...

Your ajj-page is beautiful and the words so true; sometimes when being lost we find some wonderful.
Here we have hade the longest hot weather period ever lastin 27 days. About 25 - 32 C degrees. Our country is very long, so it varies of course.
I wish the USA independence day is great and your family meeting lovely xx

Meggymay said...

It is a beautiful page for the AJJ theme Erika and I love all those pretty flower photos you shared with us here.
I hope you are having a good weekend.
Yvonne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a beautiful page! I love how you depicted the raindrops with the gems 😀. Tower Hill Gardens looks like a lovely place to visit and your flower photos are stunning! Happy fourth of July weekend 😀. Hugs, Jo x

kathyinozarks said...

Happy Independence Day-beautiful post-Loved everything Hugs

Divers and Sundry said...

Happy 4th! It's cooler here than normal, too, but that means highs are only in the 80s lol

Gorgeous flowers! You can never get overloaded on beauty like that :)

Rajani Rehana said...

Mind blowing post

butterfly said...

What glorious photos - and a fabulous rainy page... a lovely collage.
There's no such thing as bad weather when you're out in the countryside, just the wrong clothing! Another lovely visit to the Summer Countryside.
Alison x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Happy Independence Day to you, too, Erika. Your journal page is stunning. I really like it. It looks like you put a lot of thought into this beauty, dear. The wooden ticket is a nice conpliment, too. Thanks so much for another great entry for Alison's theme.

Your photos of the gardens are wonderful. I would LOVE to buy lavender that overwintered and looked as lovely as that in your photo. You got some incredible shots and some really great close-ups. Those irises are stunning.

DigiDaddy World said...

These are so beautiful pictures
Love it

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I do love your rainy day collage with it's beautiful yellow flower embellished with the Butterfly, those blue gems are a clever little addition, the rain is just as important as the sunshine. The Tower Hill Botanical Gardens look amazing especially when everything is in full bloom. I'm not sure I have ever seen a White Poppy before, not true white as the ones you share, gorgeous display.
I hope you managed to find time to remember the day no matter the weather. Happy 4th of July Erika Hugs Tracey xx

Jeanie said...

I hope you are having a happy -- and dry -- fourth! The flower photos are fabulous -- well done. May the day end up being as nice as that one was.

Iris Flavia said...

That´s very crazy weather!
Here just too cold.
Love your page, especially the ticket. I´ve never seen swirly begonia before!
I felt a little "assaulted" on the way ;-)
Summer is the best time, so many beautiful flowers!

R's Rue said...

I hope you had a beautiful Fourth full of love, joy and hope.

Judy McKay said...

Love your rainy day collage. Very beautiful details. Have a creative day. Hugs Judy

Karen Dunbrook said...

beautiful your pictures.
x Karen

Cath Wilson said...

Wow! What scrummy flowers! There are some amazing ones there. Great collage, too. I love the sentiment - sounds like a great idea :-)
Cath x

Neet said...

Gorgeous flower photographs, that must be some Botanical Garden to visit - how wonderful. I too love visiting gardens, more than the houses in them.
That is a lovely page and to remind us all that rain happens in summer (only too often where I live) is a lovely way of addressing the challenge. I love how you have married the various pieces together on that lovely background paper.
Hugs, Neet xx

WendyK said...

Lovely journal page and gorgeous pictures of flowers. Some of my favourites like poppies and irises.
Have a great weekend.