Searching for Flowers

posted by Sharon May 5, 2015 17 Comments

I must have flowers, always, and always.
                                   -Claude Monet

Do you have flowers where you live? Here in southern California, the drought has turned places that should be green and flower-filled into patches of dried grass. The yellow wild flowers bloomed early in the season and are nearly gone. I’ve been watching the agapanthus buds shoot up lately around my house, ready to bloom in the next few weeks. But today I got home to find the construction crew working on my neighbor’s roof trampled a bunch of the plants today. When I told the carpenter that made me sad, his response was to complain about the complicated job. So it’s not a stellar year for flowers, but I did find beauty in a nursery where the plants get tender care, plenty of water, and lots of love. The purples and touches of yellow were exquisite.

I’ll take beauty where I can find it this season. Some years are more colorful, less weighed down with trouble. Still, even in this dry spring, the wonder of a flower  is worth searching out.

How about you? What’s blooming where you live?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Life Thru the Lens, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The first is edited with Kim Klassen’s Lightroom preset Dreamlike.

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17 Comments

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elizabethfstewart May 5, 2015 at 5:08 am

I discovered today that my David Austin rose has black spot so I am empathizing with you in the loss of your beautiful flowers. But you sure managed to capture some lovelies!

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Buckeroomama May 5, 2015 at 5:34 am

It’s always such a treat to see flowers –in real life or even only in pictures!

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Desirae May 5, 2015 at 8:12 am

I shared a bit of whats blooming in the garden on my blog today. I just love the colors of the flowers in the second image you shared! I would LOVE to have those in my garden.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin May 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

You found amazing ones! These are stunning.

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FlowerLady Lorraine May 5, 2015 at 11:45 am

What beauties, but my favorite is the yellow daisy like flower with the purple center.

FlowerLady

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Barb May 5, 2015 at 12:02 pm

So sad about the drought in California – I know how hard it is to watch our environment suffer without rain. Even up north here, there are years our lake seems to be drying up and it’s unsettling, however it has come back in the last few years. How sad that that worker trampled your flowers 🙁 but you managed to find such beauty anyway. I’m heading to a greenhouse today – can’t wait! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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hrt2art@yahoo.com May 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm

It is sad to see what is happening to our beautiful Southern California. I’ve never seen it like this in 50 years. The good news is we still have beautiful sunshine and temps in the 70’s. Your flowers are lovely…..so brightly colored and oozing joy! I love the tiny little purple clusters just before the blazing foxglove in the last image.

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Viv Halliwell May 5, 2015 at 7:15 pm

We have good years and bad years in my part of the world.Too much rain can leave our clay soil waterlogged and the rain can destroy the peonies. But I mustn’t complain there are so many pa®†s of the world that are crying out for water. I love your bright vibrant colours.

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Dotti May 5, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Yes, things are bad in SCal but you managed to find beauty and capture it most lovingly. All so pretty, thanks for sharing. I did read a long range forecast that said there’s a La Nina coming and fall and winter should be wet enough out there to break your drought. But of course, too much rain, too quickly will bring other problems. Mother Nature can be most vexing.

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Earl May 5, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Beautiful . . . such gorgeous colors. Did you go to Roger’s Gardens?

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Kim Cunningham May 6, 2015 at 12:47 am

I have that same foxglove! Love it so much. The yellow and purple flowers are so striking and I have not seen something like them until this post!

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Cheryl M May 6, 2015 at 1:55 am

How sad about the drought and your poor trampled flowers. I’d have been livid!!
You sure captured some lovelies though!

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Amy May 6, 2015 at 2:15 am

Is that a geranium in the first photo? we have them here, so easy to grow from cuttings too…

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Barbara May 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

The first one is beautiful!

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Lisa @ SLP May 6, 2015 at 7:09 pm

My daughter and I just had a conversation about your drought and how it was early to already be there. I sure do hope you get the rain you all need. Boo for stepped on flowers, but yeah that you found some beauties at the nursery 🙂

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carolina May 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Wow!!!!! beautiful flowers!!!! Blooming here??? well… here is summer all year round, so pretty much everything is green, but not really that many flowers! But as I always say… bloom wherever you are planted!

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Claudia May 7, 2015 at 1:50 am

I must say you succeeded. You found some beautiful flowers. I, too, like the yellow ones with the purple heart.
Our spring finally sprung and I have been hunting down (as much as I currently can) some blooms, too. Mostly flowering trees. Hopefully I’ll get another chance on the weekend.

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