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Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers…

24/08/2011

“Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.” Gerard De Nerval

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers...Beautiful Pachystachys lutea - Lollypop Plant. Family: ACANTHACEAE. Range: Peru.


Full botanical name is: Pachystachys lutea – Lollypop Plant. Family: ACANTHACEAE. Range: Peru

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Lovely lilies...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... More blooms in lilies...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... blooming black eyed susans...

I love flowers in all shapes and forms and could spend hours in a garden enjoying the blooms. At different points in my life, I have been an avid gardener and then a reluctant one. When I moved to the suburbs, just before my twins were born, I was excited about planting all the wonderfully colorful blooms of my childhood; roses, lilies, hibiscus and other fantastic flowers. My mom was a master gardener and I always imagined taking up the gauntlet and running wild in a fantasy English garden … I loved the idea, but the wildlife in my new terrain had other plans.

“How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.” William Wordsworth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Beautiful Bouganvillea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Attractive Azaleas...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... glowing gerbera...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... another lucious lilac lily...

My first gardening year, I planted every imaginable perennial and close to a thousand tulip bulbs… Yes, I wanted Holland in my garden. Alas, the deer sent word to their community and my yard became Fiesta Central. We tried everything… natural, and then, gradually, we gave in to their dogged determination as they decimated my garden and ate everything in their way… I shed a few tears and, ignoring our gardener’s suggestion that we plant only grass, I added some flowers they don’t care to eat. The deer still come round frequently to lounge around my yard; they bring their young as if to say, “See, your garden has fed them some too.” I’m glad…

“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.” John Harrigan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... wondrous waterlilies...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... another waterlily...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... wondrous waterlily

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... more of same... waterlily

These days, I still do some gardening and have some perennials left. My tulips are gone and the Asian lilies are random. I add a few plantings in containers and marvel when my bleeding hearts spread… I still love gardening and I don’t hate the deer… For this photo challenge, I looked through my folders for blooms I haven’t already shared in other posts I’ve written, like here, here, here and here, on my blooms and visits to blooming botanical gardens. I hope you enjoy the colors and the flowers. I sometimes think how tragic it would be to live in a world without flowers or colors… How grim. More below. ;-)

“How does a pansy, for example, select the ingredients from soil to get the right colors for the flower? Now there’s a great miracle. I think there’s a supreme power behind all of this. I see it in nature.” Clyde Tombaugh

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Nothing beats a Bleeding Heart...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... pretty pavonia...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... a bird of paradise...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Another Anturium... in red

If you’ve ever seen a bloom that made your heart leap, do share. My bleeding heart plant is one that made me stop and kiss the air gratefully. What can I say, I’m a floral romantic at heart. I love the feel of flora and I’ll gladly stick some wildflowers in an old bottle just to enjoy their blooms for a few hours before they keel over and wilt… What about you?

“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” Georgia O’Keeffe

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Hibiscus in red...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Hibiscus in pink

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Hibiscus in purple...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... a magnificent magnolia...

I love Georgia O’Keeffe’s beautiful artwork with flowers… A couple of years ago, when I visited the museum named in her honor in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I had a wonderful time admiring her drawings and buying postcards and mini-booklets filled with her renditions of irises and other flowers… what a gem. I hope you enjoyed your walk with me through my visual garden of blooms. Do come back soon. Thank you!
What are your thoughts? What fabulous flowers did you find? Did you enjoy the search for colorful blooms? Do share? Thank you! :-)

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge – Flowers…

Positive Motivation Tip: Flowers add color and cheer to our lives; treat yourself and your loved ones to some blooms.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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59 Comments leave one →
  1. 25/08/2011 12:27 am

    Wow, did you take all of these pictures? They are amazing. I love flowers. Miriam

    • 25/08/2011 12:29 am

      TY Miriam! Yes, I took all the photos and this year too… I love flowers and gardening… Never tire of them really. :-)

  2. 25/08/2011 12:51 am

    Your florals are always beautiful!

    • 25/08/2011 1:10 am

      TY Angeline… How are you doing? I haven’t seen a post form you lately.
      Are you on hiatus? Do come back soon as I love your blog too. :-)

  3. Irene Cortez permalink
    25/08/2011 12:58 am

    I love your pictures, Elizabeth!!! Your shots are beautiful! They make me want to visit a flower garden right now. :-)

    • 25/08/2011 1:13 am

      TY Irene! Do visit one and come share your photos. I love visiting nurseries too, but lately, the ones I find are very crowded with plants which spreads plant disease. Botanical gardens are always a gardener’s dream; endless funds for endless floral care. :-)

  4. 25/08/2011 1:33 am

    beautiful pics!

  5. 25/08/2011 2:15 am

    Your photos are beautiful – I’m glad you don’t ask to pick a favourite :)

    • 26/08/2011 2:32 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos… I love them all too and that Lutea is quite the eleganza! :-)

  6. 25/08/2011 2:45 am

    How pretty!

  7. 25/08/2011 1:15 am

    you wrote: “Yes, I wanted Holland in my garden. Alas, the deer sent word to their community and my yard became Fiesta Central. The deer ate everything in their way… I shed a few tears and, ignoring our gardener’s suggestion that we plant only grass, I added some flowers they don’t care to eat. The deer still come round frequently to lounge around my yard; they bring their young as if to say, “See, your garden has fed them some too.” I’m glad…”

    • 25/08/2011 1:19 am

      Did you have a similar problem? Yes, I wanted the tulips to take me back to Holland, but my dear deer had other plans. TY! :lol:

    • 26/08/2011 2:31 am

      Yes, gorgeous! :-)

  8. 25/08/2011 5:44 am

    Ever flower choice is a winner. My favorite is the bird of paradise , 6th to the last. I used to plant them in my mom’s garden and harvest them during family gatherings.Beautiful post my friend!

    • 26/08/2011 2:33 am

      WoW! You planted them? That must have been amazing to watch them grow into unusual size and shapes… Good for you! :-)

  9. 25/08/2011 6:11 am

    You might not have the garden in your yard but you sure do have one here. What beautiful flowers! Especially appropriate to see all those colors today when we’re anticipating Irene and all the water she might bring. Thank you, Elizabeth!

    • 26/08/2011 2:35 am

      TY Marcia! I agree that the world is now my garden… I can venture out and enjoy the beautiful flowers in my surroundings and not be disappointed that they didn’t follow me home… TY! :-)

  10. thirdhandart permalink
    25/08/2011 7:16 am

    What a fantastic collection of flower photos! I truly admire the beautiful flower paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe too. The John Harrigan quote – “Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.” – is wonderful. I’m going to have to remember that one.

    • 26/08/2011 2:36 am

      TY too! I love her work and wish I could visit again… The Harrigan quote caught my eye and heart and I had to share it… perfect. TY! :-)

  11. 25/08/2011 8:18 am

    Being that one of the many hats I wear is that of floral designer this was a treat! I feel my home is missing something very important if I don’t have fresh flowers on my table. It’s an inexpensive indulgence that really makes me happy.
    Thanks for the beautiful post!
    b

    • 26/08/2011 2:37 am

      It sure is and I’m glad you saw some potential in the mix… I love flowers and would have them around me daily if possible… ;-)

  12. 25/08/2011 8:44 am

    Really beautiful flowers.I like all of them.
    Thank you for linking my post. :smile:

    • 26/08/2011 2:39 am

      TY Cocomino! I love your blog posts and how much you share with us on things happening at home in Japan. TY again! :-)

  13. 25/08/2011 9:23 am

    The flowers are fantatic as is your blog. I always enjoy your positive outlook and the way you encourage me to consider things from a positive and thought provoking place.

    Thanks for being my blogging buddy! Today I am spreading a little positive kismet of own. Stop by later and pick up your Liebster Blog Award. Enjoy!

    http://nolagirlatheart.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/the-liebster-award/

    • 26/08/2011 2:40 am

      TY so much Jeanne! What a lovely late summer treat! :-) I shall stop by to collect it and will wear it well… Hope you are doing fine? :-)

  14. 25/08/2011 9:23 am

    As usual, your photos are breathtaking! I wish I could smell those flowers. They are amazing. :)

    • 26/08/2011 2:41 am

      TY so much Karen! I’ve been thinking of you of late and send you lots of hugs and light! Keep the faith girl! :-)

  15. 25/08/2011 10:41 am

    You have such a beautiful collection of flowers. Thank you for sharing them with us. :)

    • 26/08/2011 2:42 am

      TY Robin! Now that is an honor because you have the most amazing photos on flowers and nature… TY too! :-)

  16. 25/08/2011 2:54 pm

    That Hibiscus in Pink is amazing! I have really grown to love flowers, just in the last year or so! There is something about living in the desert that makes me crave those pops of color, I guess…

    • 26/08/2011 2:44 am

      I loved those color variations…. I didn’t add the white one because I wanted to keep some space … they are one of my favorite flowers… :-)

  17. 25/08/2011 5:10 pm

    Beautiful flower collection. You have a lot of my favorites. :-)

    • 26/08/2011 2:45 am

      Oh TY so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the virtual garden walk with me… :-)

  18. barb19 permalink
    25/08/2011 5:15 pm

    Beautiful photos, beautiful flowers.
    Flowers always lift my spirits if I’m feeling a bit down, they have that effect on me, and yes, it would be a drab world without them.
    Glad you weren’t mad at the deer for eating your garden, how could you be, they are God’s creatures too!

    • 26/08/2011 2:47 am

      Oh Barb, You said it perfectly… they lift my spirits always. As for the deer, they look at you with those doe eyes and you forgive their ravenous ways. :lol:

  19. 25/08/2011 5:38 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous shots, E!

  20. 26/08/2011 7:51 am

    Wonderful flowers. Like you I love flowers, but unlike you I am the world’s worst gardener. I can grow carrots and other vegetables, just flowers always seem to escape me!

    • 28/08/2011 2:48 am

      Well, veggies are a great start… Maybe you need easy to grow flowers that don’t need too much attention. Black eyes Susans are sturdy and so are a few other perennials. Start with them. TY! :-)

  21. 26/08/2011 7:26 pm

    what is that first flower? so unique! i Googled Lutea, but no matches.

    • 28/08/2011 1:59 am

      Hi YiChing Lin,
      TY for inquiring about that gorgeous flower. I shot it at the NY Botanical garden and because it was so unique, I took a picture of its full name. When I read your comment, it made me happy to know that people pay attention to certain details… I was also grateful that I paid attention that day and noted the full name of the flower… You’d be amused to know that it is also popularly called the lolly pop plant. How cute! :-)
      Full botanical name is: Pachystachys lutea – Lollypop Plant. Family: ACANTHACEAE. Range: Peru

      • 30/08/2011 7:58 pm

        thank you, again, for the extra details. what a crazy-looking flower!

  22. 26/08/2011 11:53 pm

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing. I wanted to share some Kadayawan flower photos (especially the orchids and waling-waling) but I wasn’t able to get photos. They’re always a bright spot during gloomy days.

    • 28/08/2011 2:50 am

      The nice thing with the photo challenge is that you can post it when you are ready. So, find those flowers and share them. I’d love to see what they look like anyway! TY! :-)

  23. 29/08/2011 1:26 am

    Loving ALL the flowers! :)

  24. 15/09/2011 9:52 am

    Love them!

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