Thursday, April 13, 2017

White Flowers!




The dogwood trees (Cornus florida) have been gorgeous this Spring! I have a fondness for white flowers! Although, technically speaking, on the dogwood tree, the flowers are really on the part in the middle, which is like a crown of thorns.  (The dogwood always blooms close to Easter, and in fact, there is a legend of the dogwood tree associated with Easter, I am sure you know it.)

The white flowers are in abundance on the local mountains (monadnocks) and they are beautiful! They are called sandwort, but before I knew the name of them, I called them "joyflowers" and you will forgive me if I still think of them with that name.



The red diamorpha, which is incredibly beautiful, is now blooming with the tiny, starlike white flowers. (Like the dogwood, they too have that cross shape.) Recently, we met a couple on top of Arabia Mountain and they were disappointed to see these white blooms.  They said they had only wished to see the bright red diamorpha! Well, you could have knocked me down with a white feather! Imagine, being disappointed at seeing this kind of beauty!
Of course, I have to show you this photo (yes, you have seen it before!) It is in Eastbourne in England, along the seafront and that is me with Christopher and we are posing with the flower "snow in summer".  I love it! Most people there just call it a "ground cover" but you know I am crazy about it!

Speaking of white flowers, it should make you think of weddings.  I have "Love Stinks" from the film "The Wedding Singer".   I hope you know the scene from the movie! The character was jilted at the altar and you can imagine since he is a wedding singer, it would be hard for him to sing happy love songs for a wedding couple!







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Thanks to all who left comments on my last post.  It is difficult for me to write of such things and I didn't have time to think properly, so I hope you will forgive my lack of response to such insightful comments.
Once again, let me apologize for my lack of time in the wonderful world of blogging.  I have had a few problems with my hand and wrist on my right hand, and doggone it, then...the LEFT hand went the same way! Too much typing at work, I guess, makes it hard when you want to type on the computer in the evenings!
Hope you are all doing well, my friends.  And remember, you may have folks scoff at little white flowers, but think of me and remember how much I love them!

26 comments:

  1. Dogwood is one of my favorites! It is so hard when our hands have trouble, i will pray yours get better soon.

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    1. Thanks, and I know your dogwoods must have been pretty too, they lasted for a long time this year but green leaves on the trees now!

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  2. Yes, Dogwoods are one of my favorites, too. Lovely photos of yours!

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    1. They bloom near my birthday and I have always loved them, even from my childhood. x

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  3. I can't imagine why people would scoff at white flowers, little or big. But then again, some people would scoff at anything no matter the colour or size!

    I love your photos of the beautiful blossoms.

    Sorry to hear about the soreness in your hands. I hope it doesn't impede the lifting of chocolate to your lips throughout Easter, Kay. :)

    Have a wonderful Easter with your loved ones. :)

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    1. I know, I scoff at many things but NEVER flowers!!
      And you may assured that my overworked hands will always be able to grasp bits of chocolate and lift them to my lips! LOL!
      Happy Easter to you, Lee, in lovely Australia!

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  4. How I would love to take a walk and enjoy the beauty of those exquisite blossoms. Gorgeous. I'm sorry about your hand. I sympathize.

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    1. Hi Connie!
      Wish you could walk with us too and enjoy the blossoms!
      You would love Arabia Mountain and the wildflowers there, in every season.
      Blessed Easter to you. Hope all is well with your husband now.

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  5. How anyone can scoff at little white flowers is beyond me! They are all beautiful, and people who are "disappointed" in them should go home and seriously sort out their priorities!

    Sorry to hear you are having problems with your hands and wrists, Kay. It is no wonder since you work so hard. Please do not feel as if your blog was a burden, or you need to apologize for not blogging more often. Your blog (and we, your readers) will still be around even if you do not come here for some time. Just get well!

    Happy Easter to you and your loved ones.

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    1. Ha,ha! YES, you have said in your second sentence EXACTLY what I wanted to say to them!
      I am hoping that my hands will improve! It is just very frustrating to not be able to type on my blog, you know I want to!!
      Wishing y'all in Germany a happy Easter also! :-)

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  6. Lovely post, Kay. 'Snow in summer' is very pretty - though, boy, does it spread!! I was thinking of your visits to Eastourne the other day - I was in the south visiting my son and we took a stroll on Beachy Head. Some great shots for a future post! Now I need to look at your previous one...

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    1. I love that you made it to Beachy Head! I wonder if you know of the two memorials that I know about there?
      Oh dear, I will have to write it down and remember to do a post about each one of them!
      Snow in summer! I love it, truly I do, but I know that everyone tells me that, that it spreads so much. Well, I say, LET IT! HA! :-)

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  7. There was obviously something on your last post that I missed. Suffice to say, I am sorry to hear about your hand problem and hope it clears up soon. Keep blogging!

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    1. Thank you, Mike! I wish I could be a better writer, it is not easy, for me anyway!

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  8. I can't imagine being disappointed with any kind of flower, white or otherwise! Hope your hands improve soon. Have a lovely Easter. X

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    1. Hey Julie! Lovely to see your comment here! :-)
      Thank you and I hope you have a lovely Easter also, my friend! x

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  9. I think The Wedding Singer is a very underrated movie. I'm always surprised when I see people know about it. Those flowers are absolutely beautiful, and a great sign of what makes spring so special.

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    1. What makes spring so special, I love those words!
      Glad you like The Wedding Singer too! So funny, but sweet too, my kind of movie!

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  10. Dear Kay, I am so sorry about your hand issues...I have arthritis in my hands and have found wearing the thumb immobilizers helped a great deal....Wishing you a blessed Easter! And I love little white flowers! Sad to say, many of the wonderful white flowering dogwoods in our area have died in the last 15 or 20 years from some disease. But I have one in my yard which sprang from a seedling and is still doing well...Most of my white snowball bushes have been killed by insects. It is very sad when such things happen, but I try to look at the good things which are happening and rejoice in them...Again, I wish you all a joyful and blessed Easter!

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    1. I bought one of those thumb immobilizers but honestly, it just seems to make it hurt more. Perhaps it might be too small? (I have large hands for such a short woman!)
      I would cry if the dogwoods died here! I also love the snowball bush, I hope you can get some more!
      Blessed and joyful Easter to you, Kristi! God bless you.

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  11. White flowers are beautiful. They represent the purity in nature.

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    1. Purity in nature, that is lovely.
      Happy Easter.

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  12. Don't laugh but the only place here I've seen a form of white sandwort is dual carriageway verges in the thin layer of soil right next to the middle dividing grass strip right beside the kerb. If you think about it though it's very similar terrain to the stone mountains there, only man made. Dry,windy,sunny, hot, almost desert like conditions growing in bare open sandy hollows. Even growing in thin verge strips beside a main road it's still a pretty flower.
    My Dad had a problem with his wrists as he got older but he seemed to think that copper bracelets and wrist magnets from the local chemist/ drugstore,(worn like watches)appeared to help, despite having initial strong skepticism. Happy Easter.

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    1. No, I won't laugh at you as that makes perfect sense to me.
      The sandwort that you see in the photo is growing in a very thin layer of soil right on top of solid rock! You are absolutely correct, it would be just like them growing on the curb in thin soil! (So funny, we say CURB but you say KERB!) No matter where it grows, I love it!
      Copper bracelets and wrist magnets, hey, that is an idea, pretty AND practical.
      Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks, AD-MAN! We only have Spring for about five minutes here and then, it is summer. We have to get out and enjoy the flowers while we can! :-)
      Happy Easter to you.

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