Ready for Graduation Weekend …

Got homemade cupcakes! CupcakesWhitePurple Got fresh flowers! RoseArrangement House and garden good to go! irissiberianpeachrose … And we are ready for our graduation guests to arrive. It is always such a happy occasion when graduation guests are with us! Congratulations K-State graduates. We know that you worked hard. Best wishes for success in your future endeavors!

Mid-Season Irises

My mid-season irises are in full bloom. With yesterday’s rain and this morning’s heavy fog, I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to get any photos today; but the flowers put on quite a show! I had a difficult time deciding which shots to share.

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(FYI, the iris in front in the photo above really is that dark, making it a challenge to photograph.)

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Here in Manhattan, it is graduation weekend at KSU and at the local high school, so spirits are pretty high. Once again, congratulations to the new graduates. May your futures hold wonder!

Kansas State University Homecoming Parade, 2013

This weekend is Kansas State University’s Homecoming Weekend. Earlier this evening, the Homecoming parade passed right in front of the Bed & Breakfast. How fun! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Congratulations, Graduates!

A few pictures from the bed and breakfast as we celebrate Kansas State University graduations this weekend with our guests …

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Wishing the best to all of the new graduates out there!

(For the buttercream recipe, see my Wild Blueberry Cupcakes post.)

Gorgeous, Dependable White Iris

Stately and fragrant, irises are one of my favorite flowers.  Though delicate-looking, in the right location they are highly dependable. I can count on ours to bloom every year for Kansas State University graduation. I am especially fond of the white irises. They look so crisp and fresh and do a lovely job of greeting guests walking up to the bed and breakfast.

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Purple Power Play Pyrotechnics

I just got home from the second night of Purple Power Play on Poyntz.  I’d say that the town is pretty fired up for football season! (Pardon the pun.) The first home game is tomorrow. Everyone is rooting for the Wildcats!

People Watching at Purple Power Play on Poyntz

Every year on the Thursday and Friday nights before the first home K-State football game, Purple Power Play on Poyntz puts on a pep rally. The city closes off several blocks of Poyntz Avenue – the main street through downtown – for vendors to set up booths and people to mill around. The marching band, cheerleaders, football team and coaches turn out.  Here are a few photos from this year’s Thursday night portion. On Friday night, after all the other festivities are over, they set off fireworks. It is a popular event with an estimated 20,000 people attending over the two-day period.