April Flowers and Showers

It looks like April is for showers AND flowers. After some rain a few days ago there are new places to see flowers. Here is a forsythia that’s in bloom in my backyard. The yellow flowers seem even brighter compared to the trees that still don’t have any leaves. It’s wonderful to share a picture I’ve just taken!

This is for the FOTD challenge.

Flowers in Spring

After a long winter the first spring flowers are back! This daffodil is from my garden and it was delightful to see its bright cheery color.

These violets were in the yard (but not the garden) so I suppose they should be dug out or mowed. However I think I’ll leave them alone for now – they’re so colorful.

More flowers are getting ready to bloom, and I say the sooner the better!

Daffodils and early daylilies, tulips and hydrangeas (and oak leaves)

A Flower Show

I took these pictures at the Chelsea Flower Show several years ago. When I got off the tube at Sloane Square to go to the show I heard someone say to follow the crowds. After a few minutes I saw directional signs and got there early enough that I could walk right up to the exhibit gardens. These were the first flowers I saw.

Here are some of the floral displays I visited on that beautiful sunny day. I also brought home postcards, pamphlets and other souvenirs!

For someone who loves flowers (like me), it was an unforgettable experience. I’m looking forward to going there again someday…

A Christmas Cactus in January

I first noticed the buds on the Christmas cactus in December, but it wasn’t until a couple of days ago that it burst into bloom. Now it is a delightful combination of buds and flowers and it’s so cheery to have in the kitchen on a cold January day!

This is for the FOTD challenge.

Flowers with a View

Flowers are charming on their own, but some flowers have the distinction (and advantage) of being set in different places in Italy with remarkable views. Here are some examples.

Flowers in Tuscany:

Venice…

Assisi…

Flowers on balconies:

It would appear that flowers with lovely views are everywhere!

Butterflies and Bee Stings

Meggie loved brightly colored flowers and she noticed that butterflies liked to land on them. Sometimes the butterflies were similar in color to the flowers so they were well camouflaged – maybe to keep them safe, she thought. Once she started finding butterflies she couldn’t wait for the flowers to bloom so she could watch for them. Meggie also went to the library to check the encyclopedia for more information. She found out this one in her back yard was called a tiger swallowtail.

One summer day she was reaching for a flower and out of nowhere a bee stung her on her hand. It hurt so much she didn’t know what to do and she looked for her mother for help. Her Mom went back outside with her and poured water on some dirt to make mud, which she patted on Meggie’s sore hand. It felt much better right away.

Meggie never stopped looking for butterflies but she was also on the lookout for bees so she wouldn’t get stung again. And so far she hasn’t!