Monday, December 31, 2012

Photo of Bluebells in a Forest

There's a winter wonderland out my front window and while its pristine purity has a beauty of its own,  I really do miss the splashes of colour the warmer seasons bring.  So as there are months to go and quite likely a thicker blanket of white over the ground before it's done, here's a photo of a more vibrant cover to warm your spirit.

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Chrysanthemum for Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve and in honour of this we are sharing a festive floral photograph. The rich colour of the wrapped gift is a perfect contrast to the purity of the beautiful white chrysanthemum. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Lovely Gardens at Villa Carlotta

Seeing flowers at this time of year for those of us north of the equator, generally means a trip to warm and sunny locales. So for anyone who can't make it, here's a beautiful photo of gardens in Lake Como, Italy's Villa Carlotta.

Now a museum and botanical gardens, the  villa was built in 1690  for the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici. It extends over a 70,000 square metre area in Tremezzo, facing the Bellagio Peninsula.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Photo of Flowers to Brighten Any Day

It can say so many things.. "I'm sorry.", "I love you.", "Thinking of you", "Get well" or "Surprise!"

There is nothing like a simple bouquet of flowers to convey a message and brighten a day. 

In the romantic movie Bed of Roses, actor Christian Slater's character explains his decision to leave the corporate world and become a florist, saying that delivering flowers brings joy, even in times of sadness.

To some, as they are hardly a gift that endures forever, they may seem a waste, but there is no denying that the presentation of a bouquet will coax a smile, beg forgiveness or warm a heart — guaranteed. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Today's Floral Image a Study in Contrast

The image chosen for this week's flower picture is one of contrasts: a lovely young woman standing outside in winter,  wearing icy blue and holding a hot pink hothouse flower. The combination of the exotic bloom against the crisp colour palette is striking. You can almost feel the chill and sense the fragility of the gorgeous orchid.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Poinsettias for the Holidays

I bought two poinsettias this weekend. These richly coloured flowers have become a tradition at Christmas, their lush foliage perfect for the season as they bring texture and richness to festive decor. This link from  TLC Poinsettia history explains how his Mexican plant came to be such a part of our holiday.


Monday, November 19, 2012

A Christmas Cactus

Several years ago my younger daughter brought a plant home, which she told me was mine until she left home for good. It was a cactus, one which at that time was unfamiliar to me. Of course, that's not the case now, as the Christmas (or Thanksgiving or Holiday) Cactus brings shades of summer to many homes during the festive season. 

Except mine that is. True to her word,  my daughter reclaimed the one I enjoyed for so many years.  This pretty image, however, has inspired me to get a replacement.

Monday, November 12, 2012

African Violet Brings Colour Indoors

Several years ago, my mother-in-law presented me with a potted flower for a special occasion.  While I accepted the gift with all of the appropriate courtesies and appeared fittingly pleased,  my inner reaction was less enthusiastic.  This is such a "senior" plant, I thought, in reference to the fact that they have lined the window sill of every elderly person I've known. 

Funny, however, how time can alter a mindset.  I have, particularly at this time of the year,  developed an appreciation for the African violet, for the way it brightens my indoor environment as my outdoor one has become rather stark. 

So this week's image is bringing a little colour your way, too.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Flower of Remembrance

With the advent of Remembrance Day, the choice of featured flower for this week is obvious.  A symbol of peace,  the blood-red poppy is worn as a remembrance of war and conflict. It honours the veterans who fought, and gave their lives for, our freedom. 

Canadian surgeon and soldier John McCrae's poem,  In Flanders Fields, pays tribute to the flower, a common weed in Europe, which grows prolifically there, a memorial to the fallen:

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields."

Monday, October 29, 2012

That Which We Call a Rose.

Shakespeare knew. "That which we call a rose, by another name would smell as sweet."  

The beautiful rose.  There is probably no other flower more symbolic of romance.  Yet, its various colours purportedly convey not just the message of love but many other sentiments as well.

The gentle soft pink speaks to appreciation, grace and admiration, while white reflects purity and innocence.  Appropriately the sunny yellow represents joy, gladness and new beginnings, while orange is desire and enthusiasm. 

However, when it is love and passion that one hopes to inspire they need look no further than the elegant red rose.

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Profusion of Flowers

Stopping at a market this past weekend, I was captivated by the fetching display of assorted bouquets and plants. With summer gardens a bittersweet memory it was nice to be reminded that the only thing better than a beautiful flower is a profusion of them.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall lovely

The perfect flower for autumn, rich in hues of crimson, orange, yellow and gold, beautiful mums grace porches, gardens and decks. As leaves fall, their glorious colour brings warmth to the crisp, cool days. They are a final stroke from nature's brilliant palette before winter spreads its austere backdrop.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Happy Flower

A lovely young woman I once knew,  whose dimpled smile and vivacious laugh charmed all who met her,  had no problem explaining why her favourite flower was the preferred choice for any bouquet.   "It's such a happy flower," she'd say.  To this day I can never see a daisy and not think of her.   So here's a smile for all the people who could use a little sunshine in their lives.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Golden Sunflower

A walk down country roads this past weekend was intoxicating — crisp air, azure sky and brilliant foliage. We may not look forward to the blank palette that follows this season, but autumn itself is an exhilarating infusion of colour. This week's flower photo is a final glimpse of one of the latest garden blooms, as sunny and golden as dramatic fall.