I Feel Pretty!

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I found it charming that Philip at Philip’s Garden Blog came by for a second visit (and comment) for my Digging Dog visit and post. I fully understood, though. It had been a big challenge to narrow down my focus of the many fantastic images I was able to capture while there. After some thought I’d opted for the perennial beds. But, oh my goodness! So much more to share. And here, with Digging Dog assistant Lynn’s help in IDing these individual plants (by phone!) I am going to indulge in a doubledip to be able to offer you a bit more, fancifully accompanied by an appropriate lyrical soundtrack from “West Side Story”–and a teeny surprise.

single red
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Atrosanguinea’

I feel pretty
Oh so pretty
I feel pretty and witty and gay

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’

And I pity
Any girl who isn’t me today

Achillea ‘Alabaster’

I feel charming
Oh so charming
It’s alarming how charming I feel


And so pretty
That I hardly can believe I’m real

Crocosmia, Geranium (Cranesbill) ‘Johnson’s Blue’, Alstroemeria ‘Dusty Rose’

See the pretty girl in that mirror there?
Who can that attractive girl be?
Such a pretty face
Such a pretty dress
Such a pretty smile
Such a pretty me!

Antonia in “Flags of Our Fathers”

I feel stunning
And entrancing

lavender blossoms

Feel like running
And dancing for joy

Tanacetum vulgare ‘Isla Gold’

And I’m loved by a pretty wonderful—world!

Birthday Girl on the Beach…

Princess Cake

Yet another Princess Cake…
Love and garden hugs, and special Birthday Wishes to my (very pretty) Daughter!
Kathryn xoxo

21 Responses to “I Feel Pretty!”

  1. First!!!
    Thank you, mom!!! You’re so sweet!!!
    Gorgeous post, as always! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love you,

  2. Happy Birthday, Antonia!! Have a lovely fun-filled beautiful day! And fax me some of that Princess Cake! Yum! Big birthday hug and kisses, Mommie D. xoxoox

  3. Best wishes for a wonderful day, Antonia! Kathryn, what a wonderful display of beautiful flowers! Suitable for the day…and the song, I’d say. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a clever idea! Happy birthday to your daughter too. What a fun and lovely post!

  5. Hi, Nancy! Thank you so much! It was fun to assemble! Kathryn xox

  6. Welcome to Plant Whatever Brings You Joy, Cindy! Thanks for the well wishes for Antonia! Kathryn ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. What a beautiful way to wish your daughter a Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday Antonia.

  8. Hello, Perennial Garden Lover! Antonia is most grateful for all the birthday wishes! Thank you! Kathryn xox

  9. She is blessed to grow up with a mom like you and such a beautiful post for her birthday. Count my wishes too!

  10. Anna, my dear, thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate your blessings. Kathryn xoxo

  11. Awwww! Thank you so much, everyone! I really appreciate the birthday wishes!

    And, yes, I am lucky to have such a Beautiful mother! What a Blessing! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks again, mom! Love you!

  12. Hi, Antonia! Hope you had fun! Love, Mom ooxooxox

  13. Antonia , “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”! Kathryn, Such beautiful pictures! I have some Geranium like you purchased (at least it’s close) and I love them. Beautiful flowers all season long and it is now taking over some of the other perennials.

  14. Hi, Mary! Thank you! Do your perennial geraniums make it through the winter back there? I have not tried perennial geraniums yet. Soon! Love, Kathryn xoxo

  15. Dear Kathryn and Antonia!

    Happy Birthday!
    What fun, with Princess Cake!
    Here is a song which celebrates in lyrics and images.
    Very best wishes and wishing that all dreams come true.
    YAY! Wahoo!

    Very Warm Regards,

  16. Welcome, Philip, and thanks for the happy birthday wishes! Antonia is following all the posts and we are really enjoying! Kathryn xxoo

  17. I found your blog thorugh Blotanical and I like it a lot. – it makes me happy seeing all those lovely flowers!
    I hope your daughter had a great birthday!

  18. Hi, Katarina! Welcome! Thanks for the visit. My daughter did have a great birthday! Thank you! I visited your blogs and saw Mimmi and Nanna. Too cute! I could understand a teeny bit of your Swedish from the little Dutch I know! I know I read, “Come play with me” ! I think! Kathryn xoxo

  19. Hello Everyone!

    I had a Gorgeous Birthday! Thank you so much!
    And, yes, the princess cake was yummmy!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Really appreciate the Beautiful wishes!

    Many Blessings,
    Antonia xox

  20. Indeed Antonia is a beauty … certainly her mother’s daughter. A lovely tribute and post, dear Kathryn.

  21. Dear Joey, The moment I walked into my office this morning I thought of you, and here you were. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for your kind words. Big hug, Kathryn xox

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