The women in my family

have always been very

keen gardeners.

My sister and I have

continued this tradition,

each of us in our

own way.

Our late mother was

a very talented gardener,

we both have fond

memories of the garden

we enjoyed as children

filled with beautiful,

perfumed flowers.

Mum was also  a

life member of the

local Horticultural Society

and always participated

in the seasonal flower shows.

This past weekend

was the annual Spring 

Flower Show, always

a favourite.

After a milder than

usual Winter and 

a warm,dry start

to Spring the

blooms on show

were quite spectacular.

A visit to the

flower show

is not just a

sensory pleasure,

it evokes strong

memories of Mum

in her element,

surrounded by flowers.

The tradition continues,

a love of flowers ,

a strong bond

within our family.

Wearing a loose 

black and white

shirt with large

flowers, worn over

black layers and

topped with a

multi strand fake

pearl necklace.

I chose black

and white as no

colour could top

the vibrance 

Mother Nature 

produces in Spring.

Taking the floral theme

to Visible Monday.



  1. Tiina L
    September 22, 2014 / 10:39 am

    Quite an appropriate outfit for the occasion, and those flowers are gorgeous!

    • Jill James
      September 23, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Thankyou Tiina, the flowers have been really beautiful this year.

  2. Patti
    September 22, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    Beautiful flowers and lovely shots. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look great as well in that flowy top and pearls. xox

    • Jill James
      September 23, 2014 / 10:27 am

      Thank you Patti, always a pleasure to join Visible Monday.

  3. Anonymous
    September 22, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    Amazing! I love the daffodils. They remind me of my childhood so much.Your soft tunic blouse is perfect as it does not compete with the vibrancy of nature. You look classy as always Jill!

    • Jill James
      September 23, 2014 / 10:31 am

      Daffodils surely do announce the arrival of Spring, we always had some in the garden,something I continued.Thank you for your kind words, Joni.

  4. Natalia Lialina
    September 22, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    That's a beautiful and sweet family tradition to keep! It's like getting "a visit" from Mom every time you are surrounded by flowers… Very beautiful black and white blouse, combined with pearls – such a unique take on the floral theme! Always enjoy reading your posts, Jill! Enjoy the Spring! xxx

    • Jill James
      September 23, 2014 / 10:35 am

      Thank you Natalia, so glad you enjoyed the post. You are right about the connection of flowers and my fond memories of my mother. Have a good week my dear.

  5. dan
    September 22, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    Taking care of flowers you can feel your mother close to you and that is so beautiful… very nice photos, and your shirt is wonderful! ( I always love floral prints ) Have a great week!

    • Jill James
      September 23, 2014 / 10:38 am

      Thank you Dan for your kind words, as you can tell flowers play a big part in my family.Hope you have a good week,

  6. Jan Graham-McMillen
    September 24, 2014 / 3:21 am

    Wow! You look so glam and just magical in you lovely blouse. Excellent idea … I think that's why beautiful women the world over understand the value of black and white!I love peonies … those, in particular, always remind me of my own mother!

    • Jill James
      September 24, 2014 / 11:20 pm

      Peonies are just wonderful aren`t they, such voluptuos blooms. As you know black and white is a favourite of mine a combination I often return to time and time again.Thank you for your always kind words, Jan, have a good week.

  7. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    September 24, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    My grandmother grew the most magnificent roses you've ever seen, and your post was a wonderful reminder. You're absolutely right in wearing your lovely black and let the flowers shine as your pop of color; lovely!

    • Jill James
      September 24, 2014 / 11:23 pm

      Glad the post stired thoughts of your grandmother, roses are a firm favourite of mine too, I grow many old fashioned perfumed varieties. Thank you for stopping by, Alicia.

  8. susanjmb
    September 29, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    What a lovely blouse you're wearing…So comfortable yet elegant looking. I can just imagine all the wonderful ways you can "change it up" with different pairings going from quite formal to casual.

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