Saturday, February 03, 2007

Flora

January and February in the UK are two of the most miserable months weather-wise. The overall theme is grey, damp, grey, overcast, grey, wet and did I mention how grey it looks? Don't get me wrong, we can have some glorious weather here but this time of the year can be pretty depressing. In fact January is a month where suicide, becoming bankrupt and getting divorced are far more prevalent. Can you blame a girl if she needs cheering up then? You might understand then, why I was so pleased to be given a large hand tied bouquet of flowers, and as you can tell from the photos, they are absolutely beautiful!

As ever, something so lovely inspired me to take some photographs and so I took them outside to make the most of the natural light. I think the flowers must have cheered the weather up too as the sun made an appearance. I think the dark edge to the carnation above looks fantastic.

All the flowers were gorgeous but the ones that really stood out were the roses. I love how the petals unfurl around the centre of the flower and how the edges are just turned over. There were also iris in the bouquet as you can see in the photo above, as well as chrysanthemums, gysoplila, lilies, hypericum berries and alstromera.

Above is another photo of one of the roses and below I have included close up of the alstromera.
Below is a shot of teh iris which are a springtime flower in the UK. Having these flowers in my home will definitely hold the grey weather at bay! Meanwhile I also have an amaryllis about to bloom and in the garden I have daffodil bulbs sprouting. Spring is defintely on the way!

25 comments:

Hershey said...

cool pics.
didn't know jan and feb are that bad in UK...but nonetheless... I might enjoy them..am a weirdo at times.

am just sad I couldn't get you a bouquet myself...ah well..maybe next time.

PI said...

What a cheering sight. Actually today in Somerset is beautiful' Here from Michele's - we got tanbled up:)

PI said...

TANGLED UP GOT MY OLD GLASSES ON.

Ps said...

lovely lovely photos.They made me so happy just looking at them.

Moogie said...

Those flowers are absolutely beautiful!!! I can see where they would cheer you up.

Dachsies Rule said...

Seeing pictures of your flowers brightened our day! Thanks for taking such lovely shots and sharing. You really do inspire Mom to take pictures of something besides us.

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

rashbre said...

Great flowers. Very cheering.

kenju said...

What a lovely bouquet! You're lucky to have it, but I am sure you deserve it.

sage said...

beautiful flowers,they should brighten up the most depressingly grey day. It's snowing and blowing hard here now, we got a bit of a break this morning which allowed me to do a few miles on skis. Michele says hi!

Sarch said...

Incredible! I mean to tell you that those photos are a visual feast. Especially for those of us dealing with the grey days of Winter. What a gift...thanks bobkat.

When I enlarged one I could almost smell it. I'll be sneezing soon :)

Speaking of enlarging photos - would you have any idea why I can only get the first photo I upload to enlarge when it is clicked on? Are my files too big perhaps?

Jennifer said...

Oh, those are beautiful!! Those would make any day brighter! :)xk

Hershey said...

well... I can't give you a bouquet...how about a little rant on airports?

Hershey said...

well my dear,
you must be a rare type of blonde then... heh.

craziequeen said...

What beautiful flowers - you lucky girl! :-)

And amazing pictures.....

Oh, and while I'm here - AMAZING blog design, girly :-)

Well done, bk

cq

Becky68 said...

What beautiful flowers, I never seem to buy flowers, I always wait until they grow in my yard & enjoy them there. These are so pretty that it makes me want to go get some!
Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier!

Mike said...

Those are very nice pictures. January and February are our rainy season here in Northern California

Michele sent me.

Melody said...

Ahh lovely piccies. Nothing like a bunch of flowers to lift the spirits hey?

Shephard said...

These are beautiful flower shots! Cheery! Glad I came by.
~S

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

BEAUTIFUL Bouquet, my dear...And Gorgeous pictures, too! I find fresh flowers so cheering, too! (How lovely that somrone sent you such a lush arrangement...)
If I could afford it, I would have Fresh Flowers delivered every few days....Oh My....Especially from this one floris...The owner/designer is such an "ARTIST"....Well, I think I will begin imaging this and then hope my imaging works!

I just put up a new post a bit ago on the Amaryllis Update....Beautiful things happening!

srp said...

I love the alstromera and never knew what they were before. Flower identification is so difficult. I always forget that the leaf pattern is just as important as the petal number and shape and other flower features. Btw, did someone special give them to you?

Kristi Mantoni said...

Flowers always brighten my day! These are beautiful!

Nikki-ann said...

Beautiful flowers and photos! I can't wait for the garden to bloom as I love going out and taking photos of the flowers.

utenzi said...

You've got some amazing colors popping there, B-K. Such beautiful flowers--and photos too, of course.

Katherine said...

Lucky you they are so beautiful! Definitely make me crave Spring.

Shephard said...

These flowers are absolutely gorgeous. So colorful. Nothing cheerier than an explosion of floral color.

Michele sent me this time. :)
~S