Early Crocus

Siebers Crocus
Siebers Crocus

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.

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Pink and White

Pink and White African Violet
Pink and White African Violet

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.

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Treasures

Detail Bark with lichen
Detail Bark with lichen

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.

Treasures
Treasures
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Yellow Kalanchoe

Yellow Kalanchoe
Yellow Kalanchoe

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.

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Clivia

Clivia flower
Clivia flower

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…)

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You Could be Dancing

Taking Off
Dancing

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!

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Promise

Promise
Promise

Now moving into the new season with actual flowers about to make their appearance (not many, at least not yet) I wanted to remind myself and my readers of the last flings of one of last season’s flowers. Here, in these hanging heads are the seeds, the promise of what is to come this year. I am ready for them now, where I was not at this time last year. They can bring on their wild (and even some tamed) beauties! We will be ready for them. They might look a little dull now, but we know what colour and intricate detail they contained in their promise, as they were just preparing to go dormant for the winter – the winter we are just emerging from! So let us hope that we can also emerge in some way stronger and ready to take on whatever challenges come our way. We (I) might feel drab and maybe a little tired at this point, but I am going to make the most of every minute of this coming season. And I will share this ‘most’ that I plan to make here, with you. That is my promise, friends.

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Elephant Ear

Elephant ear begonia
Elephant ear begonia

We have hit a milestone! This is the 200th posting in a Flower a Day, without a single day missing your flower email in your inbox or feed (although I know a few have had my emails blocked…). I confess that I didn’t have any idea how long I would be able to keep finding ones to share, especially through the winter, or words to try to upbuild and cheer. Thanks especially to all who do more than just look at the photographs and read the posts, as the two are meant to work as a whole. A picture is worth a thousand words but I never worry about adding just a few more to brighten someone’s day if possible. In this case I have to thank a good friend who called to say she had an elephant ear begonia to photograph if I wanted. The dramatic effect of this photograph is due to photographing it at night in low light, with Steven holding my flashlight again to brighten the scene. We can bring our own light where there seems to be none. Thanks for sticking with me so far, friends. Hugs to all.

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Hortensia

Hydrangea Macrophylla - Hortensia
Hydrangea Macrophylla – Hortensia

Our outdoor garden centre sections of hardware stores and supermarkets are not yet set up, though the lawnmowers have already made their appearance, lined up in battalions against the outside walls. It’s still not reliably warm enough to risk putting plants outside, but I know it won’t be long before they start to fill up with green promise. In the meantime, the interior of the store is overflowing with lovely tones of different hydrangeas like this one for you for Flower a Day. I hope this pretty one makes a good start to your day, my friends, while those of us in the colder part of the Northern hemisphere wait for things to really get growing here. I have my eye on some crocuses that will hopefully open if this cold rain will stop long enough for them to catch their breaths! Until tomorrow, sending hugs!

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