Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lots of flowers, etc.


It is a gray morning here, drippy, with more rain predicted, but I’m not complaining because we need it. More is expected tomorrow too, and I was planning on going to a local botanical garden, I’ll just have to wait and see what the weather is like then.

Here are some blooms from my own little tropical cottage gardens.

Clock vine


Blue butterfly bush ~ clerodendron




Tex-Mex geraniums


Climbing Maman cochet



Old blush


A progression of a few days with an unknown rose that has a deep lovely rose scent.  Just wonderful.







Climbing Maman cochet roses this morning.




A sunset that made me gasp in delight the other evening.



Some freebies from a friend the other day.


I’ve already started stripping the beads from the wires.



I took some of the free ribbon and an already made bow to redo the old wreath in the kitchen’s screened porch, our main entry.



This is new growth after I pruned the ‘Love’ rose. I was thrilled I didn’t kill it.


I found this on the patio. We were always looking for hearts.


Two hearts separated, but not forever.


You may not be with me so that you I can see
But your love is ever and forever with me
And although for now we are apart
My love for you is ever growing in my heart


May you my dear husband

enjoy your first day of spring

in Heaven

with the Creator of the Universe.



Sandra said...

Beautiful flowers and that sunset is just gorgeous.

I LOVE your photo :)

Hope you have a wonderful day and a blessed week.


Rebecca said...

Happy Spring to YOU! The sunset....how beautiful! I like the two hearts on either side of the window and the thought "separated but not forever".

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Such a beautiful and emotional post, FL! Your flowers are gorgeous. Your hearts are lovely and the sunset is magnificent! Wish DH were with you to share it, but you seem to be doing as well as can be expected. Sending cold (and I mean cold) positive energy your way! xxoo LVL and The Herbal Husband

Leslie Kimel said...

That sunset really is glorious. And I love the way you used the special hearts that you found. They look just perfect hanging on either side of the door with your lovely plants surrounding them. I can't believe how lush and beautiful your garden is!

Lona said...

Oh my what a gorgeous sunset. Gods wonders to be seen.
You have so many pretty blooms already, I am loving the Clock vine and dream of rose blooms. :)
I am glad your rose is making a come back. Your wreath is just lovely on the entry wall.
You have a wonderful week Lorraine.

Anonymous said...

I love the photo of you at the bottom of the post!

No rain to speak of here in central Florida. . . my fingers are crossed that will change soon (50% expected over the weekend). Nothing makes my gardens grow quite like the rain.

Have a wonderful week ~


Jane said...

Ah! There you are dear Rainey! How I'd love to come for a visit and soak in all the beauty of your exotic garden. It looks pretty close to how I envision Paradise must look. It snowed here today and it's too blustery to go for our daily hike, but the snow is just as magical as the first in November. Happy birthday on the first day of spring!

Ruth Hiebert said...

All those flowers are so pretty. It's like walking through your gardens with you. I'm loving it.

L. D. said...

The butterfly bush is almost magical. I have never heard of it before. Your progression shots took a lot of patience but it was fun to see the bloom develop. Rain does make the things grow but I know if it hangs around too long that it gets tiresome. Great blogging from you again today.

Marti said...

You have the most beautiful flowers and so many I've never heard of before. I have a butterfly bush but its blooms are nothing like yours. The coloring and shape of the flowers on yours are gorgeous. Hope your weather clears so you can go tomorrow; I can't wait to see the pictures.

Anonymous said...

The beauty of your flowers is such a delight for my eyes Lorraine. I love roses but don't grow them very well.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

You are so aptly named Lorraine - your flowers never cease to delight me.
It's always lovely to see a pretty pic of our favourite blog friends.

Lynn said...

Not that I will ever achieve Plum Cottage I still look to you for inspiration, Lorraine. My walk through the rose garden surprised me with new growth on a previously thought dead rose. Hope runs high for spring!

Heather said...

Lovely Rainey, and such beautiful pictures... and your sunset is one of those "diamond moments"! Cheers~

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

So many blooms! You are great using those beads in other purposes. Lots of lovely hearts for you!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Your flowers are so beautiful.
It is a challenge to grow anything
here by the damp and shady woods.
But some survive:)
Your creations and sharing is special...

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Pretty Lady, I always love coming to your blog. It always brings me joy --when seeing the beautiful flowers. The Tex-Mex Geraniums are so pretty. I've never heard of them before.

That sunset is AWESOME.

Hugs and Prayers for you,

Unknown said...

Good Morning! Just wanted to say Happy Birthday to my Sister. Hope you have a wonderful day. Love you much. Cheri

Mrs. Mac said...

The blue butterfly flowers are so unusual .. and beautiful. We always look for hearts too to remind of us our little granddaughter, Rowan, that passed away from a heart defect. Hope your rainy day is a delight.

gld said...

The sunset was spectacular.

The poem to your husband brought tears. You do know how lucky you both were to have had such a love don;'t you.

Val said...

Beautiful, all of it.

I both this first day of spring has brought some smiles and beauty to you. You always find the good in life, though, since you live determined to do so. :) ♥

Much love,


Balisha said...

What a beautiful post. Just what I was searching for and 1st of Spring with flowers. We are still covered in snow...with cold temps to come. These pictures give me hope that spring will come.

Deb said...

Beautiful flowers as always a pleasure to look upon I thank you for sharing. Happy Spring.

Darcie said...

It seems so many of your post leave me feeling uplifted, and full of desire to see more of the little things that are so obvious if we just notice. Thank you for showing us some signs of spring...it will come for us someday, and your pictures remind me of that.

Also...LOVE your picture...your so beautiful.

Karen said...

Dear Lorraine, Happy Birthday to you. I love the flowers and the hearts you have here, and the poem brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my heart.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the lovely photos, they are a blessing.