Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Flower Power

Today was my day for gardening duties at The Secret Garden so I took my little friends, Jana and Malak, along to help.  When we arrived, we ran into a volunteer from last year who was donating flowers and eggplants to the garden.  Malak loves to plant, so she did the little fish planter on the left.
For those of you experiencing snow and ice storms, this post is for you.
As a reminder that Spring will come.
After taking care of the garden, I took the girls on a walk to a special place just 10 minutes down the road.
Every year, this vacant lot is turned into a beautiful plot of sunflowers. It truly is amazing and such a pleasant and unexpected surprise.

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock. 
~Henry Ward Beecher, Star Papers: A Discourse of Flowers

Warm wishes,

20 comments:

Maya Kuzman said...

Indeed. Whenever I see a field covered in flowers it is always a powerful image. Must be inspirational being surrounded with all those flowers.

Linda said...

What fun!! :) LOVE sunflowers and as you know, I grow them in my garden every year. Still some months away for that of course here, but thankfully in Central Illinois this has been a very mild winter thus far. We only had 2 little snows since November and not even enough to shovel and only a couple of minor ice events that didn't last long. Right now, the ground is completely clear and we are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures in the mid to upper 40s and by 60s on the weekend. Of course, everything we enjoy like this is taken cautiously because we know that it can be 70 degrees and then a blizzard right afterwards. ;) The only thing that I would like more of is sun. We haven't had sunshine in weeks - it's grey, often drizzly, and damp every day which can be depressing.

It's always so sweet that you have your little friends to join you in your wonderful gardening efforts.

Teresa Kasner said...

Thank you so much for sharing your growing things and flowers to us winter-ravaged readers. Again, I think you're wonderful to take the neighbor kids with you. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Sam I Am...... said...

The garden has come back beautifully thanks to you and your friends! The sunflower and the hollyhock are 2 of my very favorite flowers! TYFS! Hugs~Sam

Betsy said...

Ahhh! I so needed that Tammy. It's still freezing rain here on top of our snow. Your flowers are so beautiful and refreshing. Sunflowers always look so HaPpY to me. Thank you so much. :-)
Blessings,
Betsy

Dee said...

I love when flowers pop up in unexpected places.

Quinn said...

Well you are talking my language ;)
The snow came back last night, and the ice never left...so thank you for sharing these lovely sunny flowers!

Happy@Home said...

How lovely to see the vacant lot transformed into a field of sunflowers. Even more lovely that you shared it with your little friends. Thank you for sharing your flowers today. While we are fairly warm and not snowy here, I am still looking forward to seeing garden flowers again.

Gracie Saylor said...

Thank you for the photo bouquet of flowers, Tammy. The rain is washing away our 6+ inches of snow today, and your gardening and quote are cheering indeed! xx

Bee Lady said...

Thank you! I am in a seasonal slump. I need sunshine and flowers.

Cindy Bee

Tanna said...

LOVE your walk with you little friends... I know they do, too. Oh, how beautiful are those sunflowers!! A bright spot in dreary days here! blessings ~ tanna

Susan said...

Oh, that was a most welcome reminder that spring will come again one day, Tammy. ha! And my post today happens to be on flowers, too. Nice photos! Take care and have a peaceful day today. Susan

Lyn said...

What a lovely post, great photos and what a great way to cheer up a neglected spot with the sunflowers, such happy flowers xxx

Amy at love made my home said...

Thank you for the flowers! A joy to see them, as although it isn't snowy here it has been very cold and very frosty so your flowers cheered me up!

Dagmar said...

Wonderful to see all the colours in the garden, just beautiful...
Xo

Melanie said...

Thanks for the beautiful flower pictures! I definitely need those with the continual gray here.

kathyinozarks said...

Just lovely-which reminds me I must decide what garden seeds I need and order them today-Love those sunflowers

crafty cat corner said...

I particularly like the big fat bud, it reminds me that Spring is just around the corner here. The snowdrops will soon be poking through and its all go from then on.
I love the quote.
Briony
x

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Love sunflowers...there are a few sunflower farms around here in the fall...and I've done a sunflower maze....

Susan McQuade said...

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