Thursday, April 7, 2011

"F" is for Flowers...

A to Z Challenge~
ABC's of My Life...

Fragrant, Favorite Flowers…
“Earth laughs in flowers."
By Ralph Waldo Emerson
My mantra when Ohio was the placed we called home is that you can never have too many flowers. Shown here are photos of a variety of flowers that were in my immense gardens. I loved tending to and nurturing my magnificent outdoor splendor.

Unfortunately, in North Carolina these beauties are mere memories as the heat and drought tend to overtake the exquisite flora.















See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.”

By Mother Teresa

43 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

Thanks for these beautiful images. I'm looking forward to my gardens this summer.

Siv Maria said...

Can't wait to start planning my garden. We have had to put all our flowers in a waiting bed while remodeling. I love Lillies too :)

Arkansas Patti said...

Seems we are both thinking of gardening today. Seeing those lovely photos makes me kind of question my desire to go more for food this year.
Loved the quote. She is high on my list of people living or dead I would love to meet. What an amazing person.

Nancy said...

You and I have very similar tastes in flowers, Tracy. Columbine, lilies, pansies and phlox. All so pretty -- you must miss them terribly.

Rae said...

Beautiful. I am partial to the pansies. They are all lovely though.

Talli Roland said...

I LURVE flowers! Thanks for these beautiful photos, Tracy!

Snappy Di said...

Sweet pansy faces. Funny how some flowers just speak to us.

Di

Muffy's Marks said...

Beautiful flowers, I can almost smell them. Enjoy the spring. We are still waiting, been promised its on its way.

Bish Denham said...

Beautiful photos! It's hard to grow flowers here in Texas too. Particularly right now as it is super dry.

Rae said...

I love all the pictures and wish they were in my yard! I worked for a very short time at a local florist and we had a banner in the window that read, "The sole existence of a flower is to bring joy".

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful!! Oh I love your quote about earth laughing in flowers!!!! Lovely!!

These are wonderful blooms - very pretty, supremely delicate but oh so good for the soul and the eye!! Thank you! Take care
x

texwisgirl said...

After living 27 years in Texas, I'm always amazed when I visit Wisconsin at how lush everything is - the backyards are busting with greens and blooms. I'm sure Ohio was the same way. Ahhh...

Out on the prairie said...

Really nice flowers, I have a lot around my yard. I am not sure when to stop buying them until I totally run out of space.It sounds like you need to install some drip irrigation and mulch more to beat that heat.

Karen Mortensen said...

Beautiful. I did mine on flowers too.

Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

I like gardening and these photos are exquisite!
Thank for sharing this beauty.

Have a great Thursday!

Rita said...

I really love Mother Teresa's wise words. Thank you for bringing flowers for us today.
Rita

Stuff could always be worse said...

Flowers are gorgeous! Yes the heat is normal for us...love Mother Teresa's words also
kim

KarenG said...

The daffodils are what's coming up in our backyard now. And a few crocuses that look rather pathetic. Next will be the tulips.

Wanda's Wings said...

I love flowers. Beautiful pictures.

Canyon Girl said...

I know what you mean about the heat and here they dry desert climate. Your flowers were gorgeous and I can imagine how beautiful your gardens must have been. Silence is necessary for us I believe.--Inger

Julie Harward said...

I love that quote! And the beautiful flowers! ;D

Munir said...

Breath taking colors and flowers:)
Beautiful post:)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Just watching my flowers start to grow again, your pictures have reminded me of what I have to look forward to in the days to come.

I hope you're having a good day!!

Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

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Ginny said...

All so beautiful! Of course I recognize the lilies and pansies, but many others are exotic looking and unknown to me. The pictures are wonderful!!

M Pax said...

Beautiful photos - like the idea of Earth laughing through flowers. :)

Peggy K said...
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Peggy K said...

Isn't it amazing how a pansy has the image of a butterfly? I'm thinkin' this was not a mistake on Mother Nature's part!!

Beautiful photos! Beautiful (my fave) Emerson quote.

Courtney said...

Leave it to Mother Teresa to come up with such a profound statement. I love the flower pictures!
Courtney

Donnie said...

They are just lovely.

Daisy said...

Gorgeous flowers, Tracy! I agree. You can never have too many of them. :)

Dianne said...

they are magnificent
I really love the coral colored one about half way down the collection

Muffy's Marks said...

Back to Arkansas Patty's diapers. How about pink or blue bows!!!! Oh you silly, the diapers go on the inside of the pot!!!! hehe

sue said...

Love your flowers, but even more your ecstatic comments from yesterday. Congratulations

Sue@JumpingAground (alliteration & drabbles)
Sue@traverselife(Workplace bullying)

Jules said...

Great pictures and I really loved the quote :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Tracy, You know that I love flowers also. We have many of those you pictured in our yard at various times during the year. Right now, we have lots of Tulips, Pansies and some Daffodils. Next will come the Irises and Lilies. Love 'em!!!!!! Thanks for showing us such beauty.
Hugs,
Betsy

Susan Fields said...

What gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing them with us. :)

Susan Oloier said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

SquirrelQueen said...

I know what you mean about the summer heat. All of your flowers are so pretty but my favorites are the lilies. I can't wait until mine start to bloom.

Catherine said...

So much beautiful color here today ~ thank you for sharing!
xo Catherine

KathyA said...

Beautiful! Can't wait until my day lilies bloom!

Mildred said...

These are some of the same favorites we had in our last garden. I miss the blooms and really enjoyed seeing your photos.

Linda Reeder said...

Yes, you're right. Lovely flower photos. I love the pansey faces.