Feel-good Friday:  SPRING  has SPRUNG 

Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching. – Emily Carr

The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.” – Emily Dickinson

The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently. Gary Zukav (best selling author, “Seat of the Soul”).

I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can’t be done in one picture. David Hockney

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”  – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Spring in the Desert brings more Spring in his Step
Sundog Jack – “the grass is always greener in Spring”

Fresh Photos: d. king

Feel-good Friday: wallflowers

wallflower1wallflower2A wall of poinsettias , a single white rose and a wall full of potted orchids to  brighten up a rainy day.

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

Potted *Poinsettias we always see around Christmas so it’s a bit unusual and refreshing to see a wild poinsettia tree in a warm climate.

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You can get off alcohol, drugs, women, food, and cars, but once you’re hooked on orchids, you’re finished. You never get off orchids…never. – Joe Kunisch (Commercial Orchid Grower: the first quote of a book called “orchid fever.”)

*Do you ever wonder how the poinsettia became recognized as the Christmas flower?

There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettia’s and Christmas come together. 

It involves a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services.

Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only offer this small present. As she walked through the chapel to the altar,  she began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena‘, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.

The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.

The Poinsettia is also the national emblem of Madagascar.

Photos: d. king

 

 

Words…what women want

flower5Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” –  Hans Christian Andersen

Flowers are a mainstay for an appropriate “any occasion” gift.  They light up any room.  Think about it.  What would a wedding be like without flowers?  If you are hosting a dinner more than likely someone will bring flowers.  Valentine’s Day?  There should be at least one long stemmed red rose.  Funerals – there will be an arrangement even though donations are de rigueur these days.  Do you know anyone who does not appreciate a flower as a
thing of beauty
?  Me neither!  They come in many guises, many sizes, many colors, many scents and usually never fails to bring a smile to a face.  You can have one or you can have a whole arrangement with a theme.flower3

 


The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


The downside – so we don’t need a lavish bouquet. There is growing (no pun intended) concern that cut flowers are bad for the environment (like so many other things).  “Fair Trade-” and “Organic-” branded bouquets are increasingly available at mega- retailers and florists in the U.S.,  including Sam’s Club, FTD, natural food stores and Web sites like Flowerbud.com, Organicbouquet,TransFair, and 1-800-flowers.flower2

Photos: d. king




 

 

Feel-good Friday: Flowers

Imagine a world without Flowers?

Among all the wild animals we found this wild Lily in a pond in S. Africa
Among all the wild animals we found this wild Lily in a pond in S. Africa

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20140814_123103“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.” – John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in.

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Photos: d. king