It seems almost rude to post flower pictures in the middle of the huge snowstorms my friends back east are having to endure. But maybe these pictures will provide a little pleasant diversion from all the white stuff outside your windows?
Even though I live in California, Southern California seems like a foreign land to me. I had a hard time packing warm weather clothes to go on this trip. But, I was very glad that I packed my flip flops “just in case.”
Marsha, our hostess for the retreat, is a wonderful gardener. I took some close-ups of some of her outstanding flowers.
I liked this one so much that I wrote to her and asked the name of it. “Tournament of Roses.”
The same rose two days later:
Maybe a Peace rose?
Decorative cabbage. I love these, but can’t keep them in the yard. I thought Sophie was going to explode one night after she tore into one.
I love the soft color of this rose:
And one more decorative cabbage.
An oriental poppy that was out in front of one of the restaurants.
And back home again, I found a few flowers in my own mostly dormant garden. Of course, violets are always the first to bloom.
I have several primroses that I nursed through the heat of the summer.
And crazy early, there are a few daffodils blooming.
Keep calm and carry on, girls. Spring IS coming!