Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Beautiful Blooms And Blossoms

Recently, our neighbor sold her house and we had new people move into the house across the street from us...I wonder what they thought when this tree came into bloom? I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!  (I don't know what this is  but I love it all the same.)
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My good friend, Mary, invited me over to dinner on Easter Sunday.  What a treat it was to see this NATIVE azalea in bloom!  Mary told me that she purchased this from Callaway Gardens many years ago and it has grown into this beauty.  I really wanted to see all the azaleas in bloom at Callaway Gardens when Richard had some time off recently, but the weather didn't co operate for us! So...I was thankful I was able to see the blooms on Easter day!  (If you think that these azaleas look differently than the ones that you might see from the Masters from Augusta, Georgia...it is because the native azaleas are the ones that were championed by the Callaway family at Callaway Gardens...you may read more about the famous gardens in Georgia just here!)
 
 
 
 

 Our dogwood trees are beginning to bloom now.  I took this photo at the Sunrise Service on Easter.
Do you know how the dogwood relates to Easter? The flower is thought to resemble a cross, there is a crown of thorns in the center and in the middle of the tip of each petal, there is a reddish stain, like blood.  And by the way, the dogwood is also native to this area, just like the pink azalea above. 

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14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures, Kay! Just beautiful. Isn't that a wonderful story about the dogwood tree? I have heard it since I was a little girl. xo Diana

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  2. Is anything so welcome or so beautiful as Spring flowers?

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  3. My goodness. You are in bloom aren't you? I saw a dandelion plant just pushing through the ground yesterday so I am hoping we are not too far behind you.

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  4. Beautiful, beautiful pictures! The big magnolia trees in front of the rather unspectacular block of flats in my street are now in bloom, too. Maybe I'll sneak out and take a picture of them tomorrow, when I will be working from home; I'll have to be careful, though, because people are so sensitive about having pictures taken of their houses, even if it's not the house I am interested in.
    I remember you telling us about the dogwood and its relation to Easter before.
    So, what are your new neigbhours like? Have you met them for a chat yet?

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  5. Lovely blossoms. Spring over here is at least three weeks ahead of where it was 30 years ago and our cherry trees are flowering already. It used to be mid May when I went on camping trips in my youth. Have your seasons altered as well?

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  6. Those are some really good looking flowers. There's a seal sanctuary I visit every year on holiday and as well as having some great animals they also have a exotic plant house. I always enjoy visiting in there too. The flowers are just beautiful.

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  7. Wow, I love all the blooms! I can't wait to see some flowers. There is still snow around me.

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  8. Such a pretty spring you have, blooming everywhere!

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  9. I look forward to our Dogwoods blooming. We're way behind you but it gives me something to look forward to! The azaleas are beautiful. I just wish they would last longer...blooms are gone very quickly. I have one very red azalea but it will be a while before it blooms too...I'll have to take a pic of it for you! Thanks for sharing your beautiful Spring with us!

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  10. Spring flowers make for lovely pictures.

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  11. Gorgeous flowers! The azalea is stunning. The cherry blossom is just starting to get into full swing here and I'm loving it - so precious because it's so fleeting. x

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  12. How beautiful the beauty of Nature is. :)

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  13. Gorgeous photos of those beautiful flowers, Kay. The pink color on that tree is startling. I feel like I've never seen a tree with a pink so vibrant.

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