Welcome to Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden), a photography blog with a slant towards gardening and nature. An amateur gardener and photographer, I hope to share beautiful moments with you through pictures. Let me know if you like them!

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First summer days and other delights

Aurinko, sininen taivas, poutapilvet, järven aallot, vihreä ruoho, lehdet, kukat... aaah!

Do you remember the wonderful cross stitch sampler designed by my blogging friend Nurdan? I have shown it in this post and I also used a part of it as my header. In her latest post, Nurdan shows how the stitching project is proceeding. You can also see many other lovely creations made by her and her sister.

Please don't feel you need to hurry, Nurdan! :) The completed work will certainly be worth waiting for.

Bidens, Petunia, Calibrachoa

Podiceps grisegena

Rhododendron 'Haaga'

Spiraea sp.



  1. Ihanan kesäisen näköistä;-)) Mukavaa viikonloppua Sara!

  2. Beautiful photos. Enjoyed this post. Have a blessed day and a wonderful week. Madeline

  3. Lots of lovely captures, Sara. So glad summer is treating you to its delights now. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous photos, Sara! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Pilvetkin ovat kauniita poutataivaalla - ja rodot jo kukassa! Me saimme nyt kauan kaivatun kesäsateen, pehmeää pisarointia useita tunteja, yhteensä alle 10 mm. Nyt kasvillisuus rehevöityy. Mukavaa viikkoa!

  6. Beatiful photos, Sara! Lovely to see the beautiful Rhododendron Haaga! I'm glad that you finally got summer

    I wish you a nice new week!
    Halaus :)

  7. Kauniita kuvia. Niin upeat rodot.♥

  8. Kaunista ja kesäistä! Joko rodot kukkivat siellä?

  9. All your photos are wonderful.

    But that water photo, I can almost reach in and touch it. And feeeeeel it. :-)

    Gentle hugs, Luna Crone

  10. The cross stitching is beautiful! I love the picture of the yellow flower and also the last two! Have a lovely day!

  11. Hi Sara. The rhododendrons are beautiful. We used to grow them when we lived in Oregon, but they don't grow in this part of .Florida ..it is too hot here for them. So I thank you for the beautiful memories. The sampler is lovely...what a beautiful gift from your talented friend,

  12. Glorious blue sky and lovely rhododendrons! Your friend's sampler is wonderful already!

  13. Mukavan kesäisiä tunnelmia :) Kesä on hienoa aikaa!

  14. red necked grebe is it? Great bird on a lovely looking day

    1. Yes, it's a red-necked grebe, one of the most vocal aquatic birds around here (during the breeding season). :)

  15. Och äntligen har sommaren kommit till dig Sara, underbara bilder som verkligen speglar känslan av att det är sommar.

    Finska Rhododendron är mycket odlingsvärda!


  16. You photos is a treat Sara :)

  17. Todella kauniit kuvat!

  18. Such a lovely sparkle from the water, and gorgeous blooms too, that Rhododendron is amazing.

    All the best Jan

  19. Such happy, sparkling scenes of summer, Sara! We need to enjoy every moment! xx Karen

  20. Gorgeous! :-)

    Greetings from London.

  21. This post is like a happy, bright smile, dear Sara! :-) The sparking surface of the lake is simply amazing!
    Have a beautiful weekend! Hugs!

  22. Hienoja kesäkuvia, joihin tiivistyy koko Suomen kesän olemus! Aurinkoista viikonloppua!

  23. Such lovely pictures. The sun is glistening on the water, which makes it beautiful. I enjoy seeing all the different flowers in other parts of the world. The yellow flowers are pretty. And the cross stitch words are very special.

    Have a restful Sunday.


  24. Laineet ja vesilinnut miellyttävät erityisesti :)

  25. Olá, lindos dias que origima belas fotos como as que partilha, todas elas tem o seu encanto.
    Feliz semana,

  26. The sampler is precious, a very nice gift indeed. Thankful to see flowers and sparkling water - summer is here!

  27. Your new look is looking good Sara, both for your blog header and with your shimmering water and sunshine on flowers! Love your sampler!
    Wren x

  28. Yes, Sara, this summer has came! The nature is enjoying the warm days. I love your picture of shining water surface, great!
    Your favorite 'Haaga' is in bloom and mine one 'Peter Tigershed' is too. Love its white with brown spot flowers. This bad winter I covered it against the icy water.
    Have a nice summer day!

  29. Bellissime le tue foto !
    (ps.ho finalmente assaggiato le patate viola :))

  30. June 16, 2017

    Best wishes with the family health issues.

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

  31. Summer has arrived here too, with some warm sunny days finally (last week), but now we are back into a cool rainy stretch... But plants are growing quickly. I have been the thinking of you the last few days Sara as the lupins are in full bloom here. I am hoping to get out for some photos between the rain showers... I'll be thinking of you. Hope the health issues are not serious and things are better soon. Hugs!

  32. Yes, Sara arrived. For Spain in some cities there is 43º + Much heat for June.
    Fantastic your treats, the lovely photos.
    I wish you a good weekend.

  33. Hello there Sara.
    Having just read your two newer posts above, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
    Just wanted to say hope the families health issues improve soon for you.

    Take care, sending my good wishes

    All the best Jan

  34. Dear Sara,
    thanks for your visiting and comment. I was very happy. I'm so sorry about the illness in your family. I wish all the best from the heart.
    Have good time... Big hugs.... Dorothea <3

  35. Hello Sara!
    I've read the recent posts and saw the beautiful summer flowers, lovely aspects of summer. Lots of good health to you and family! Warm greetings from here!


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