My dad (who will be 90 years old on his next birthday) has a back garden that is absolutely full of flowers and blooming trees and shrubs right now. He lives about 30 miles away, and everything is on a different growth timetable than where we live, so that in the Spring everything blooms there about two weeks ahead of here. We paid him a visit today, and I photographed some of his azalea blooms which are huge, at least twice as large as ours.
“Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?” ~Maurice Maeterlinck
The azaleas are blooming in “waves” this Spring beginning with the tiniest azalea plants and then moving on to the very large azalea bushes. Our row of azaleas along the side of the house haven’t received enough sun yet and is showing only a couple of blooms. The white azalea bush which receives a lot of sunlight has no blooms at all. Maybe they’re on the way. Of course, things have been strange lately. We had an azalea in bloom in the dead of winter last December.
“Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted.” (Anna Quindlen)
There is a lovely large shrub now in riotous bloom along the edge of our driveway. Although the blooms look like witch-hazel, the shrub actually is a loropetalum. It has been described as a “cousin” of witch-hazel and is sometimes called Chinese Witch-Hazel or Chinese Fringe Flower.
Beautiful sunrises and sunsets can be viewed in very ordinary places. I’ve photographed several at our local Walmart. These are from a year ago when I stopped at Walmart to pick up a few things for my husband who was then in the hospital after suffering a major stroke. I didn’t know was ahead for us, and these sunsets gave me hope.
“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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A sincere “Thank You” and words of encouragement to keep up the fight to all the young people who participated in the #March For Our Lives here in the U.S. and around the world. You have begun a movement for common-sense gun control laws that will save countless lives. You are our future. As I watched you all on television and heard the words you spoke, I was filled with an optimism that I have not experienced in a long time.
YOU are making America great again and will make our schools, churches, and public places safer for this little guy…
Because no 7-year-old should have to experience what the kids at Parkland or Sandy Hook or countless other schools have experienced. No 7-year-old should even have to participate in active-shooter drills in elementary school. It’s insane!
In early February some friends came to visit and brought us an amaryllis bulb which I planted in a small pot and placed on my kitchen windowsill. It took about six weeks before I saw much change, but after the bud and leaves appeared, the stem shot up very quickly. I had to move the plant because it was too tall to remain on the windowsill. Four flowers bloomed on the stem which had become over three feet tall.
This was my first experience with an amaryllis. The flowers were beautiful but unfortunately have now faded.
“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.” (Okakura Kakuz)