March 22, 2013

Blossom Up!

Welcome Spring, officially! (Spring arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20, 2013.) Despite the chilly, rainy weather, some plants are starting to flower. Spring is finally here and I have much in the way of spring colour in my garden. 
Flowers always make me feel happy. I believe in the goodness and power of flowers. According to a recent research conducted at Rutgers University-the State University of New Jersey-flowers can have a long-term positive effect upon people's moods. 


In a perfect world, I would fill every square inch of my home...
with flowers every day.

{...But the flower was not satisfied to complete the preparations for her beauty in the shelter of her green chamber.
She chose her colours with the greatest care. She dressed herself slowly. She adjusted her petals one by one. She did not wish to go out into the world all rumbled, like the field poppies. It was only in the full radiance of her beauty that she wished to appear. Oh, yes! She was a coquettish creature! And her mysterious adornment lasted for days and days.
Then one morning, exactly at sunrise, she suddenly showed herself. And, after working with all this pains-taking precision, she yawned and said: 
"Ah! I am scarcely awake. I beg that you will excuse me. My petals are still all disarranged..."}
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince. 

I love this book. It's a really inspiring book for folks of all ages. Have you read it? Isn't The Little Prince just the sweetest?

Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I'll be relaxing and catching up on my reading and maybe taking a nice walk or two. The ever-growing days beckon me to spend more time outside of the house enjoying the fresh spring days and nature in its very best.

Hope you have a wonderful Spring weekend! xx

Linking to:  It's a Spring Thing Linky Party , Weekend Flowers , Today's Flowers

90 comments:

Dianne said...

they're so pretty
and hopeful
I love flowers too

ANRAFERA said...

Bonitas y primaverales fotografías.
Te deseo un feliz fin de semana.
Un abrazo.
Ramón

Mari-Pi-R said...

Por su colorido y aroma nos hacen sentir felices, que la primavera te lleve tu alegría.
Un abrazo

Sylvia K said...

Perfect glimpse of spring, Betty! And, yes, I do love flowers as well! Have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

Nice flowers!Have a happy spring!I love this poem of little Prince!

TexWisGirl said...

fingers crossed for rain today and tomorrow (expected). we need it badly! pond is low before heading into the heat of texas summer...

love the little yellow blooms in the beginning of your post. so happy.

✿ chica said...

Que maravilhosas todas!beijos,lindo fim de semana!chica

Sandra said...

red and yellow flowers are my most favorite and you have some stunning shots here.. love that last one and the hinge thingy makes me happy to. i agree that flowers enhance our world and make me feel happy. for this week end? same as every other day of the week.... we have a 7 day weekend that makes for 365 days of week ends... woo hoo for retirment.

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful photo, Betty. Glad you are seeing some Spring. We have some blooms --but ole man winter is still sticking his nose into our area!!!!! COLD here....

Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

....Petty Witter said...

Just what I needed on this cold, damp miserable day. Longing for our daffodils, crocus and snowdrops to show their faces in the meantime I'll be content to look at this post.

Leovi said...

Exquisite sweet flowers fragrance, lovely photo!
Un abrazo.

Bob Bushell said...

It doesn't seem much like spring over here, it's teeth chattering time.

Crissi said...

We don't have spring! It's cold!Beautiful flowers!
Nice weekend
Crissi

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Happy springtime, dear Betty.

xoRobyn

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What beautiful images! Flowers definitely lift my mood. In the winter time I like to buy flowers from the grocery store to keep in the house. It just adds a nice touch and keeps me cheery!

Shalet Jimmy said...

Beautiful post and love the words...It is all pleasant....

Diane AZ said...

Delightful post, Betty! Wonderful pictures and words, happy spring to you! :)

Anaximandro said...

La primavera nos alegra pero también nos ofrece buenas imágenes para fotografiar.
Un abrazo.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This post is filled with spring beauty.Have a great weekend.

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Giga said...

Dziękuję za piekną wiosnę, której u nas nie widać, bo śnieg kryje wszystko. Pozdrawiam.
Thank you for the beautiful spring, which we do not see, because the snow hides everything. Yours.

Pedro Luis López Pérez (PL.LP) said...

Spring is majestic and flowers are the necklaces that looks to us to be dazzled by her beauty.
Colorful and Fantastic Post.
Hugs and kisses.

eileeninmd said...

Betty, what a bright and cheery post. Your flowers are so pretty. We are late bloomers around here, I an eagerly waiting for my flowers to bloom and for some warmer weather. Lovely post, enjoy your weekend!

dianne said...

Delightful flower images and text Betty dear, I love the beauty of flowers. Enjoy your weekend and your walking.
Hugs
xoxoxo ♡

Hilary said...

Each and every one of your floral images are beautiful as always. I especially love the hazy purple one just before the last few red flowers. But the image that caught my breath was of the old fashioned jelly candies. I'm still drooling. I love the colours and the appearance of that image. Perfection.

:.tossan© said...

You and I enjoy shooting. Beautiful photos! hug

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love those sweet little blooms!

Riot Kitty said...

These are gorgeous, as usual. I love the candy pic too! Amazing color.

rainfield61 said...

Spring springs back, in such a beautiful pattern.

Ms. A said...

No plans except to walk the track next door with my son. Can't wait to get out (eventually) and take some photos!

Happy weekend!

Kalyan said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

sky-blu-pink said...

Lovely herald to spring! I just wished it would stop raining! Le Petit Prince is one of my favourite book too! I have it in several languages.

Rizalenio said...

Those colors are energizing! Your photos are full of magic.

Will be mall-hopping this weekend to look for more inspiration.

Inspiring post. Happy weekend! :)

orvokki said...

Lovely flowers. I can only dream of them. We still have a lot of snow.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Have a nice weekend
orvokki

Tina´s PicStory said...

so lovely flowers and blossoms! thanx for sharing with us at weekend flowers! :)

Lynn said...

You photograph flowers so beautifully. And I love having them on my screen, even so briefly.

Love The Little Prince, also. And that quote.

A little piece of me/ said...

Wonderful photos..have a nice day/

Betty Manousos said...

texwisgirl, i do hope you get your rain soon!

Laura said...

They are very pretty.
Great spring post!

Have an awesome weekend:-)

Tracie Nall said...

Your pictures are lovely. I love flowers, too. You can never have too many.

DeniseinVA said...

I agree with those findings, I am always happy around flowers. Thank you for sharing yours with Today's Flowers, and have a great weekend :)

George said...

I know my mood improves once I can get out in the yard among our flowers. Unfortunately winter weather has been reluctant to leave us, so we're going to have to wait a little longer for flowers to bloom. I did, however, enjoy the beautiful blossoms you've shared. Thank you.

Luna Miranda said...

what a gorgeous series! the pink rosebud is exquisite--so full of promise. love the DoF of the purple flowers.

Coleus

Nevine Sultan said...

My dearest, your spring blossoms are just lovely! Happy Spring to you!!! I hope your new season is filled with colors as vibrant and radiant as those in your photos. My warmest wishes for a delightful Sunday!

Big hugs from me to you,
Nevine

Kelly said...

Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous!! We had some warmth earlier in the week, but it's turned cold and rainy here for the weekend. I'm ready for Spring!

Loredana Donovan said...

Very beautiful flowers! The sunflower shot is my favorite. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog :)

Randy said...

I love the first signs of Spring.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'd love to have a fresh bouquet of flowers in my house every day, too! Love your beautiful shots, the red and yellow flowers are my favorites.

Debbie said...

Gorgeous blooms!! I really adore primrose this time of year!!

shooting star said...

lovely!!

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LadyFi said...

Wow - how utterly magical! Lucky you.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Hello Betty.

Thanks for your visit and for the introduction to your gorgeous photographs.

We are now following you on G+ and blogspot.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Paul

guild-rez said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.
I love flowers.
- Cheers Gisela.
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower,
share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's,
smile at someone and receive a smile in return,
are to me continual spiritual exercises.”
Leo F. Buscaglia quote

Teresa Coltrin said...

Betty, your photos take my breath away. To say they are beautiful is an understatement.

Your post is what I need today since we are in the middle of our third snowstorm. :)

✿ chica said...

Adoro flores.Lindo tudo aqui! beijos,linda semana! chica

Rainheart said...

Raindrops on Dahlias...a favorite thing!

Lisa Gordon said...

These are wonderful, Betty!
We still have quite a bit of snow, but I can look at these and dream. :-)

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

Judy said...

But if you fill every inch of your home with flowers, where will you put the cats, and the people?
You have so many beautiful blossoms!!! I think the sunflower and the doorhandle are my favourites!!!

tinajo said...

Gorgeous flower pics - made me smile!

DIMI said...

Hallo Betty!Beautiful post!!Wonderful pictures and words!I love flowers in my house and in my garden!They make me feel good!Hope you have Happy Sunday!Kisses!!
Dimi..

Robert Geiss said...

That last picture is amazing !

Thank you for the inspiration, will try to safe a bit of money to buy a few flowers.

Please have a good new week ahead.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The second bloom is so unusual and the yellow roses are gorgeous. Spring is definitely in the air!

Maple Lane said...

So pretty!

Tamara Camera said...

Oooooh, pretty words and pretty pictures! Very pretty pictures. I covet your lens, I think. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy to be here and revel in the spring pictures you posted, since outside my house is not so spring-like.

La Gata Coqueta said...



Cuando tuve sed llame a tu puerta y me has dado de beber,
Cuando el camino se hizo penoso me has tendido la mano,
Cuando las lágrimas corrían por mis mejillas me las has secado,
Cuando el corazón lo asolaba la tristeza le regalaste una sonrisa,
Cuando la soledad me acompañaba fuiste mi luz y guía,
Cuando, cuando...

Ser tu amigo hace posible que la vida tenga otro sentido
y otras dimensiones...

Un muy feliz comienzo de semana, esta que es tan especial.

Atte.
María Del Carmen




Betty Manousos said...

guild-rez, that was beautiful! thanks for sharing leo buscaglia's quote:)

Craver Vii said...

You are such a good artist, the way you take and present your photos! I was blessed by seeing these flowers, although we still have a bit of a wait here in the Chicago area before we can see flowers in our gardens. There was more snow this week. ...But that's okay; I like the snow, too. :-)

michael said...

Great series!!!
:-)

Carletta said...

Love these little beauties!
Spring is finally showing up. We had snow but the daffodils are budding. I'm hopeful. :)
Thanks for coming by my blog last week. I've been away and am just now catching up.
Have a wonderful week!

bettyl said...

I'm quite partial to tiny blooms. These are gorgeous!

EG CameraGirl said...

I believe flowers really do improve people's moods.

Christa Mavropoulou said...

χαίρομαι που έχουμε παρόμοια ανάρτηση.Υπέροχες φωτό,και τόσο όμορφα τα λουλούδια Μπέτυ μου.Καλή Ανοιξη λοιπόν,πάντα με αγάπη-)))

magda said...

Αγαπημένη μου Μπέττυ
Με γέμισες χαρά με τα υπέροχα λουλούδια σου!
Και στην Ελλάδα δεν ήρθε ακόμα η άνοιξη, βρέχει συχνά και κάνει κρύο.
Αλλά δεν βιάζομαι, αγαπώ πολύ τον χειμώνα!
Σου στέλνω μια αγκαλιά και πολλά φιλιά

Dawn Yucuis said...

I love the flowers. I know that is officially spring, but we have so much snow where I live, it will be a long time before I see any flowers growing.

Magia da Inês said...


¸.•°♡
♡ "Que este nosso pequeno mundo virtual, nesta Páscoa,
seja cada vez mais humano!"

¸.•°♡
♡ Feliz Páscoa!!!

Magia da Inês said...


¸.•°♡
♡ "Que este nosso pequeno mundo virtual, nesta Páscoa,
seja cada vez mais humano!"

¸.•°♡
♡ Feliz Páscoa!!!

Pat Tillett said...

Hi Betty! Beautiful photos. Spring has sprung. For most of us anyway...

imac said...

They are Beauties

diane b said...

I feel the same about flowers. I am going to make an effort to have flowers in the house every week. Thanks for the motivation.

La Gata Coqueta said...



Te deseo
Un feliz jueves Santo
Día del Amor Fraterno,
desde el recogimiento
y la serenidad de las palabras.

Un abrazo con mesura
y un beso con ternura.

Atte.
María Del Carmen



Leonice said...

Obrigada pelo carinho de sua visita!
Lindo seu blog, fotos maravilhosas!
Abraços e muita paz.

Bitch said...

Thanks for the flowers, my dear !!
And for your lovely comment !!
Have a great Easter and be well !!!

SandyCarlson said...

Such beauty! Thank you.

sergio celle said...

...hello Betty, I read 'The Little Prince' ... should be read by all men in the world! Ah, what beautiful flowers you have! An enviable garden. And your photos make the colors so well! You know that I still have not got it right where you live, where you live. The name of your city. I would be glad if you wrote it to your next step, in my post. I wish you an early spring with the best smiles. I hug you

michael said...

Gorgeous flowers. Thank you:)

ritsa said...

The flowers are stunning!
Such a delight:))

Mandy Southgate said...

Such stunning photos Betty! Thank you for this brush of spring. We still have bare trees and no blossoms or flowers. I think that might be why so many of us are struggling. Roll on spring!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Olá Betty; belas fotografias de lindas flores....
Cumprimentos

datfoodblog said...

It has been said that you are never really sad in your garden

Georgia said...

I love your spring flowers!
:O)