I did manage to produce a sunny day (well, maybe I wasn’t entirely responsible for it 😉 but it happened anyway, for which I was grateful) and so there will be a lot to do in the garden, preparing for new growth. In the house the flower arrangements of dried hydrangeas still give us pleasure, even the ones that seem to have dried less successfully. This beautiful display features some fairly intense blues, along with the paler, gentler ones and the soft, warm browns are a lovely compliment. I know this is possibly pushing you to your hydrangea appreciation limits but please indulge me for now. We will have plenty of time for fresh new flowers and I do want to share some of my favourite ones here before then. We will be back to crocuses and other spring flowers again before long, don’t worry. I hope you enjoy the lovely tones and textures in this, to give you a pleasing floral start to your day.
To give us all a break from crocuses for our Flower a Day we are back to the wonderful variety in the Hortensia (hydrangea) family with this lovely pink one. These soft petals make such a lovely posy, contrasted with the greens that have not yet changed colour. I wonder if they would retain these colours wherever they were planted? I know you can affect the colours by what you feed the plant (or even if you bury an iron object into the ground near the roots) but I don’t know if this colour is strong enough to resist such influences. It’s not my plant so I will never know, but maybe a reader would be more informed. I hope this lovely pink posy brings a smile to your faces today, my friends.
After the colourful crocus image posted yesterday, today’s is an attempt to get the sun back into our corner of the world. I don’t know if I have any influence in that department, but if the sun does shine for you today, you’re welcome. 😀 This was growing in the same patch (we call them all Molly’s flowers) as yesterday’s and is even a little shorter in stature. Behind them grow some that are a deep purple and are taller, which, if they open up (a bit of warmth might do the trick) I will try to photograph. On my walk yesterday I spotted some growing in a muddy ditch. Talk about treasures, they were lovely, as if shining in that drab late winter environment. Spring brings us so much hope. We must cling to it as it makes it possible to get out of bed every day and keep going. For those heading into fall and winter, that also brings a promise of a new spring (just a little longer to wait).
These are the tiniest, most delicate crocus flowers you can imagine. They are first to show themselves in our garden, long before the magnolia buds on the branches above them show any serious swelling, and at almost the same time as the little snowdrops I shared a few days ago. I am so glad that I photographed them when I did, as since then the weather has been inclement, cold and rainy/snowy and these have closed up tightly. They are Siebers Crocus, as I found out in my research (we hadn’t paid attention to the names when we planted them). I don’t think more than one appeared in their first Spring and now, 3 years later, there was a lovely display. I imagine that it will get better every year, if only the weather will cooperate. With this colourful happy grouping, I send you all a warm hug, whatever your weather brings you.
We had a small snow fall yesterday and a cold rain today, so we are keeping warm indoors with a spotlight on an indoor flower, another of our African violets. This pink and white beauty (which I thought I had already shared) makes me feel warmer just looking at it. It might be comforting because it almost looks as if it’s smiling. You all know that my green fingers can’t claim responsibility for this lovely plant, so, once again, it’s thanks to Steven for today’s Flower a Day contribution. The detail in the petals never ceases to delight me and hopefully you, too, my friends.
And for those who want something a little bit different, today you can find a treasure I wanted to share in a post entitled “Treasures” as a bonus today.
It’s strange how we can come across treasures in the most unexpected places. I saw this piece of curled bark as you see it below on the gravel drive outside our hairdresser’s house when I was waiting for Steven, I had got out of the car with my camera to search for any Spring flowers I might find in her beautifully kept gardens and spotted it at my feet. I instinctively picked it up and marvelled at the detail and the different tiny forms of lichens that were arranged all over it. I put it in the car to take home with me so it could join my collection of other mosses and lichens. I went in search of flowers but found none and came back and examined the bark more closely. I decided it would be better to put it back on the drive, photograph it and leave it where I had found it. I did so, got back in the car and almost at once I changed my mind and decided to bring it home with me. I knew if I left it there it would be crushed by the wheels of the next car and it would be lost. I also felt that few would appreciate this amazing piece of natural art (at least that was my excuse for ‘liberating’ it from her driveway). Today you can enjoy it too. If you click on the image above or below and then again on it in the gallery you will see the detail enlarged. It’s really worth zooming in so you can see the arrangement of those tiny orange dots and the blue grey colours perfectly, along with the fans of lichen spreading in clumps over it. Isn’t it the most beautiful thing? You see below how it looked as I first saw it.
These brilliant yellow kalanchoe flowers surely would brighten the darkest corner, as if a spray of sunshine were sitting above the fleshy (and edible) leaves. We haven’t had much sun in the past few days, so I needed a bit of bright colour to lift my mood and warm the temperatures that have teasingly turned from warm and spring-like to suddenly cold again. The fire is lit once more and curtains drawn in the evening to keep the heat in. We know we are on the right side of winter, here in the Northern hemisphere, but I do wish the weather would not be as fickle as it has been just lately. I have a cure for it in this Flower a Day photo, which I send with my warm hugs to you all! Keep smiling, my friends.
My number one Flower a Day scout called me the other day to say she had found another subject for me, so a few days later I climbed the stairs of an old barn to find an evening class in progress. The low sun filtered through a window onto a busy (small, masked, distanced) group of potters at work. The clivia was just next to the window amongst a group of pots filled with plants, so that the light fell nicely onto these beautiful flowers and the surrounding leaves and greenery. I sat on the floor, getting my jeans coated with clay dust, cocooned in an atmosphere of artistic creativity and the quiet humming of potters wheels turning and got the photograph you see here. There was such a lovely feeling in this little loft studio, the evening sun warming the room, that I felt I could have stayed there all evening, enjoying the friendly productivity going on all around me. I love how my project has been contributed to by some of my friends locally, making it even more meaningful for me and perhaps to all of you. We need to remind ourselves that this community spirit is still alive and well – and living at least near Canning, Nova Scotia. Keep that spirit up as you can, it’s too important to lose it. (But I want to know how those flowers stay so pristine in that dusty studio…)
Today’s Flower a Day is a departure from the usual in that it is a multiple exposure, not taken with the Helios lens. It was taken a few years ago for a different project and has been changed a bit to better fit this current one. We have all done that, I think – changed to better fit the present situation. It’s different, yes, but is this any less lovely than it was originally? No. We, too, are different, but still the same beauty is there in each of us. Let’s remember that. Adapting is what we have learned to do. And adapting is no doubt what we will continue to do. Look at this and keep smiling if you can today. Even under that mask. Or into the mirror. See? It’s still there. Put on some good music and do a little dance like this flower seems to be doing. I’m about to do the same. Until tomorrow, friends. Hugs all around!