Sunflowers Remind Me of Sunshine

“Mother Earth speaks to you through EVERY flower.” –  *

I am very happy I live in a state that is getting rain. However, during December we had more rain than I have ever experienced here since I moved here 2  1/2 years ago.  This weekend we got snow and ICE, so it is time to bring out the summer Sunflowers!

balck-yed susans

black-eye Susan

Thank you sunflowers for your happy faces.  You are a humble flower that shows up in the late summer. Your bright color reminds me of the sun.

real sunflowers

“Real” sunflowers

These are the really large sunflowers, the ones that give us seeds and sun chokes to eat. Tist is a generous flower that gives us good stuff to eat!

Sunflowers give me joy when it gray outside. All I have to do is think about them, and my mood is uplifted.

I found this TED Talk which is from the time-lapse photographer, Louie Schwartzberg, who uses his beautiful photos from nature and flowers to demonstrate gratitude for all that is and all that connects us together.

 

another kind of sunflower

Another kind of sunflower

When I first took a photo of this flower (above) last August,  there was a hillside of these happy flowers. Then I took walks for nearly 3 weeks in other areas.  When I returned to where these flowers had been, because it had not rained, all the flowers had died and only dried flower stocks remained.  You also may recall from my blogs, there were trees dying here, too, last summer. I am thankful for every drop of rain we are getting right now.

super black eye susan

“super” black eye Susan

This is a larger Susan, close up.  I had the pleasure of its company (along with a few others) in my home for a week or two this last summer.

There is no lowly flower.  Have you ever really looked at a Dandelion close up? Yes. They are part of the sunflower family, which every 4th flower belongs to!

dandelion

Dandelion

It is a beautiful flower, too, and every part of the dandelion is edible. When I don’t see dandelions in the winter, I miss them, too.

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”  *

*Both of these quotes were at:  picturequotes.com Thank you!

 

 

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Flowers, Nature’s Beauty Queens

dogwood tree's flowers

dogwood tree’s flowers

I love this flowering tree. I remember the first time I saw dogwoods in the spring, I lived in the eastern USA. I was thrilled.  The flowers on a dogwood are like special butterflies on trees. The white dogwoods are lovely, but too me, the coral dogwood is heavenly. Once dogwoods lose their flowers, they become very ordinary small shade trees. I am thankful for dogwoods and particularly for the flowers. When I moved to the west coast, I was a  little sad because I thought there would be no dogwoods here. The first spring here, I was proven wrong, and I was joyful.

dogwood flowers

Dogwood flowers close up

snowball bush

snowball bush flowers

I like these flowers because they are fun. If you ever had a snowball fight, sometimes a hard snowball was almost like a rock. This flower would make a gentle snowball fight. For peace loving people, it is a kinder, warmer, more beautiful version of a snowball.

Here is an interesting TED talk about flowers from  Jonathan Drori.   It includes gorgeous photos of flowers and explains about how flowers deceive and attract pollinators.

"angel plants"

“angel plants”

I call these “angel plants” (which I know is not the correct name) because the entire bush when it is full of these flowers, to me, it looks like angels’ wings.

Columbine flowers

Columbine flowers

Flowers are so important to our lives. They tend to make me feel happy, are great as gifts, some smell great.  Although many people have allergies (at times, even me), somehow seeing flowers makes the suffering worth it to see amazing natural beauty. And flower’s nectar feeds birds and insects including our friends, bees, which we humans in turn get honey from.

flowering plants

Rose garden with flowering trees and plants

This is a small portion of a local rose garden, even before most of the roses have bloomed.  The combination of colors delighted my eyes. As usual, my simple digital camera did not do it justice.

“The earth laughs in flowers.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daphne bush

Daphne bush

This is a new flowering plant to me. I have already sung its praises in my blog from mid February. It blooms early (this year earlier than normal). I have never smelled a more fragrant flower. It even outshines most roses, even those not grown in hot-houses. Thank you Daphne and all flowers for all that you do to adorn our world.

“The Amen of nature is always a flower.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

What is (are) your favorite flower(s)?

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